Suspenseful, interesting and detailed
Tom's wife dieing
Allianna finding Jack in Spain.
Phillip letting Rememus come back to the order and giving him his horse to ride as he walked.
This book has everything, sex, scheming,betrayal, Art, wonder, good fight scenes and lots of love, including family love.
It will give you that Calgon moment and take you away just like you want a good book to do.
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
Though the narrator John Lee was terrific, at first I was worn down and annoyed by the author's tedious moment to moment detail of every scene. Later, however, I realized he was transporting me into the daily life of the twelfth century. Ultimately I became very engaged with the characters and the story. Ken Follett makes the designing and building of castles an anchor in his tale that reveals the hardships and accomplishments of some intriguing characters.
Never much of a history buff or an historical novel fancier, I must admit that I was drawn in.
I probably should have paid more attention to the Middle Ages and to my history teacher 50 years ago. I only remember snippets of that era. If only I'd had some audio (and visual) stimulus to boost my sagging interest in what I considered my least favorite subject.
I'm making an effort to expose myself to a wider genre of book. I depend on others' reviews to help me choose a title even though it may not be a book I would normally read. So thank you listeners/reviewers for your encouragement.
Eloquent, insightful, a wonderfully woven tale of faith and perseverance by Follet, one of the best craftsmen of the trade who knows how to mix ingredients to create a best seller. Despite of some of the melodramatic sub-plots in the second part of the book it is a worthwhile read-listen that should also be attributed to the superb narrator. Don't miss this one!
I love the middle ages and books set in that time period, especially those with ecclesiastical settings and characters. The interesting and historical details of the time and place, the intriguing and nuanced characters--feminists and free thinkers, artists and idiots, madmen and power brokers--all made history come to life in a fascinating and sweeping saga.
There were so many wonderful scenes. I do remember the moments that involved personal struggle and compassion in Tom's family. Also the intricacies of the building of a church and the running of a diocese, and the life of those in all stratas of medieval society from peasant to prince. This is the way history should be taught.
Terrific read. Each character was distinct and the world came alive in a rich and powerful way. I know a lot about that time period so I could relax and savor the sound of the narrator's voice and his acting style. I was so glad the narrator was English and male.
Tom Builder intrigued me the most because he was so dedicated and determined. He adapted to all sorts of events and worked with all sorts of people to make a great work of art and a monument to man--using God's gifts to man: creativity, brains, desire, intelligence, perseverance, determination, cunning, passion, and love. But all the women were marvelous too.
Although extremely long I would listen for hours in bed, forcing myself to turn off the machine in the wee hours. Years ago I bought the book but could never get into it. The audio version was brilliant. A true pleasure. Highly recommended to anyone of any age whether or not you are interested specifically in art, architecture, or the middle ages.
I have read this book before and it is faboulous. I wanted to read it again but it is such a long book. So I listened. It is captivating.
Ken Follett's "Pillars" brings to life the corruptible relationship between the catholic church and royalty during a very difficult time in England (1,00 - 1,200). He captures the good and mostly bad conditions of the time. Can't wait to see to TV series.
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One of my many favorite books. I own this in Hardbound, paperback and audio. The narration is exceptional. I would recommend this to any historical fiction fan.
This was my 1st audible book and it was a great choice!
Historical novels fascinate me and Ken Follett develops characters and settings so well that I felt I was there, living in the time.
If this had been hard copy, I would have had difficulty putting it down. The experience was so intense that I devised ways to listen in less than ideal conditions and I was sorry when it was finished.
Immediately looked for another book by Ken Follett!.
I love getting lost in a good story.
I read this book years ago and have always said it was one of my favorite books. Listening to it, I remember why. The description of the architecture is wonderful, and the idea of building your story around the architecture was so different than a typical approach to historical fiction, which typically begins with some central historical figure. Follett's approach helps you better understand the experience of the characters in their physical surroundings. I love that.
I also love that he draws a whole new picture of the Knights in shining armor. As Follett depicts them, the men at arms are certainly not the gallant heroes we like to imagine, and William Hamley is the worst of the worst. He is a dreadful, horrible creature with absolutely no redeeming qualities except his blond curls, which you come to hate as much as him.
Aliena, however is an amazing woman. What she endures and overcomes is dreadful. But you can't help but want to have her strength, brains and courage. The lengths she will go to for the men she loves is admirable, but then how can you not love Jack? He is not like the magical men that women often write, he is real and flawed and all the more perfect for it.
Wonderful character development, wonderful story lines, amazing book.