I really enjoyed this audio book, which is to a great part due to John Lee doing such an excellent job at reading it. I frequently zoned out when it came to the frequent architectural parts (something that would probably make Ken Follet sad), but I genuinely cared for the characters. I just wish there were less rapes in the story. Many of them don't seem to be "necessary" for the plot.
I love historical fiction, and this one didn't disappoint me. I don't think that Ken Follett is the best author that I have ever come across, but I loved the book all the same. The narration was good... I often hate when men make fake voices for women, but I never noticed this at all. I loved the descriptions of the way of life then; it truly brought the story to life for me.
Enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. The narrator was good however I don't have much listening experience with male narrators. Female narrators tend to have better variances with character changes. Nevertheless, I didn't want to stop listening. Looking forward to World Without End.
I am so happy I took the time to read this book. All of the reviews and ratings definitely helped in selecting it as something I would enjoy. Once I got going, I couldn't put it down. I was initially put off by one of the reviews commenting that the rape scenes were way to graphic. Upon reading them myself, I felt that Follett did a great job in providing a brutally honest level detail without being lewd or overly crewed. He used the rape to show how it shaped a woman's life over decades. The architectural aspects of cathedral building were presented in a very digestable manner and now I am hooked. I am not ready to read the sequel yet, but it is on my reading list.
Not your usual Follett fare, Pillars of the Earth can be classified as a historical novel rather than a thriller. Still, it's rife with pop elements: lots of sex, blood, and hunger for money and power. If you are looking for a realistic sense of the time and place, say something along the lines of a James Michener novel, you'll be disappointed. But if you are looking for a very compelling book with colorful characters, great plot and an urgency that keeps you listening on pins and needles, you'll be very satisfied.
John Lee's narration is excellent. He has a compelling delivery that brings the story to life and complements the author's work beautifully.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
Ken Follett wowed me with this book. I admit I did not start listening to it until the series was on TV, but it peaked my interest. What an amazingly detailed and emotional book. Other than the books from the Ice & Fire and Gunslinger series, I haven't been moved to love, hate and switch between characters so much as I did with this book. Who knew I would care about a monk and his tibulations to build his cathedral. It is also quite racey in it's sexual content and graphic with pillaging, plundering, fighting and general killing. The way women were treated by William and some of the monks was appalling. I was amazed by the story. Love this book! Will read the next one set many generations later at some point.
I wish this story could go on and on. When listening I felt as if I were aging with the characters. This is a very well written novel and the reading is one of the best I have listened to.
I do a lot of work that many would consider mindless tasks. For the past week I have listened to this book while gardening, cleaning house, driving and more.
The characters are engaging and the premise intriguing. Some might find it simplistic though I would disagree.
I decided to read Pillars after watching the miniseries on Starzs. The miniseries was good and somewhat true to the book but as always the book was better. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reading is as necessary as breathing.
This is my first Ken Follett book after MANY years, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my book club. The depth of knowledge he brought to the building of the cathedral itself was excellent and did not bog down the book at all with technical details. I found many of his characters to be multi-dimensional, interesting folks to spend time with. I'm disappointed that his antagonists are not--they seem very flat and purely evil. I was inspired to buy the mini-series, which I just got done watching. If you liked the book, the movie is worth it!