I am so glad I made this selection. Ken Follett is now one of my favorite authors. I love his flow in his writing. This is a great story that is told in a brilliant way and John Lee is to be commended on his narration. I would greatly encourage you not to overlook this book thinking that it is about cathedarls and monks or even religion. It is about life and its strugles and it triumphs. It is about persisting in the face of opposition and finding a way to press forward when the wind has been knocked out of you. This is a great book! However, I must warn you it can lead to a lack of sleep it is hard to stop once you began.
This is by far my favorite Ken Follett book, made even better by my all-time favorite narrator, John Lee. Even though it's a long book, I didn't want it to end. I don't usually listen to audiobooks more than once, but for this one I will make an exception (and that's really saying something since the book is over 40 hours long!)
The characters are so well developed, that I did not find it confusing when he added more and more people to the long list of events. The publisher's summary describes it as Ken Follett's historical masterpiece, and I couldn't agree more.
I love historical fiction, and this book is at the top of my list. They could not have found a better narrator then John Lee to bring it to life. This audiobook should come with a warning: "Although you'll be tempted, don't try to listen to the entire book at once!"
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Pillars is the kind of book that gets you completely involved in the story and the characters. Creative writing...characters you can relate to, like or hate. I'd seen parts of the series a couple years ago and this is SO much more than I expected. I guess that old cliche that the book is always better than the movie is alive and well.
This is one of the best credits you'll ever spend. Over forty hours of great storytelling and you won't want it to end. The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them and their journey becomes your journey. Ken Follett has also crafted some incredible villians in this story that will have you yelling out loud at your audio book. You won't regret buying this book. John Lee delivers this story brilliantly!
Best one yet
This seems like a long book - a big investment in time but you will not regret this purchase. I was sorry it ended.
John Lee's performance adds a great deal to the story.
This was my first Ken Follett novel and it won't be my last. I love the narration of John Lee. He makes the characters so visible in your mind along with the authors way of creating them. I've already started "World Without End" Great story telling, which is why I love to listen to books.
An excellent period story -- well-researched, fascinating, great character development. I recommend that The Pillars of the Earth be read before reading the second book, World Without End.
This book would have rated five stars, if it had not contained so many scenes of detailed brutality and violence. Other than this flaw, I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the depth of the characters, with their weaknesses, bravery, capacity for love, and ingenuity. Follett painted a beautifully detailed landscape of intertwined lives, and integrated fascinating details of 12th century life and architecture.
I originally read this when it first came out and loved it and gave copies to a number of friends. Now, many years later, I decided to listen to the sequel, World Without End, and downloaded this for listening while I walk in the mornings. It is as good as I remember and John Lee is perfect!
It is unique in the original writings of Follett, but I understand some of his later works compare.
As I have learned, to enjoy an audio book, the book must be narrated well. This book is done very well on that reguard. A bad narration really does kill the experience.
Tom Builder. So far, his story is romantic, not too violent for my taste.
This story was engaging and intriguing. I cannot imagine that I was so captivated with 40+ hours about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England... but I was! The characters were realistic and fully developed - it was easy to get caught up in their tale, to root for their causes, to cry for their sorrows and to hiss at their atrocities. Follett has written an amazing tale and I can see why it spread to such popularity. John Lee's narration is wonderful. He has a rich and full voice that is a pleasure to listen to, even if his characterizations aren't a individualized as I might have hoped for. The only reason I docked one star is for production quality. There are noticeable variances in the recording settings that dramatically change the tone of the narrator's voice and produce high volumes of background audio; unfortunately the narration switches back and forth from one recording session setting to the other many times and it's extremely distracting, especially when it happen mid-passage. If you can get past that (and the story itself assists the listener in doing so) it's a fab download. I just finished it today and have promptly downloaded the sequel.