In a brutal world, charismatic rebel miner Mack McAsh - a slave by birth - is a man with the courage to stand up for what is right, and the strength to stick by his beliefs. Independent, rebellious Lizzie Hallim, meanwhile, is engaged to Jay Jamisson, the ruthless landlord's son and heir to an exploitative business empire. Born into separate worlds, Mack and Lizzie are thrown together when Mack becomes an enemy of the state and is forced to flee his homeland. Lizzie aids his escape, and it is not long before passions rage in the old world as well as the new . . . Set in an era of turbulent social changes, A Place Called Freedom is a magnificent novel from the undisputed master of suspense and drama, Ken Follett. 'A compulsive, sweeping adventure' Today 'Gripping historical narrative' San Francisco Chronicle
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With action that spans two countries on opposite sides of the Atlantic, making a credible audio version of this epic tale is no small feat. Victor Garber, the talented actor of stage and screen (Sleepless in Seattle, I'll Fly Away, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd), does an admirable job. Garber presents the narrative passages in a clear, confident tone and uses his extensive acting experience to create believable voices for the many diverse characters. Follett has thrown in a confusing array of regional accents and disguised characters, but the range of Garber's voice helps keep things straight while heightening the considerable action and communicating the powerful emotions expressed by the very large cast that gives this drama its grand sweep.
This intriguing novel hinges on the courageous struggles of the hero, an indentured coal miner who declares, "I'll go anywhere that is not Scotland--anywhere a man can be free." Getting anywhere else is easier said than done, especially when he's caught up in an entanglement of familial responsibility, forbidden love, official deceit, trickery, and violence. Even though there are plenty of breathless moments when proper ladies are tempted by bare-chested hunks, this is much more than just another adventure-filled love story. It's also an intriguing journey into the social and political realities of the late 18th century, when the rising influence of the American colonies was first taking hold and the shining glory of the British Empire had begun its long, slow fade. (Running time: four hours, four cassettes) --George LaneyFrom the Publisher:
"Gripping...A very entertaining tale."
-- Chicago Tribune
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"An altogether entertaining reading experience."
-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
-- New York Daily News
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Book Description Pan Books, 1996. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Published In 1996 : 1st. Paperback Edition : 32nd. Printing : Pan Books : Light To Faint Face Rubbing : ( Mainly The Back Face ) : Very Light Edge & Corner Rubbing : Otherwise , As New Throughout : Overall , A Very Nice Book : Bookseller Inventory # 21 - 10883
Book Description Pan Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0330344838
Book Description Pan Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110330344838