I can't wait, everyday, to have a chance to listen to this book. The characters are fully filled out and you feel like you know them. I felt that this book gave me some prospective into medieval life and the influences of the church. Very engaging.
I was completely taken in by this book. As long as it is, I'm still a little sad that it's over. The way Follett weaves the characters together is outstanding. Although William Hamleigh and Waleran Bigod become somewhat cartoonish towards the end, that's a very minor problem overall.
Having been to Canterbury Cathedral and seen the spot where Thomas Becket was assassinated, the dramatization of that event is especially moving.
I just finished listening to Pillars this last weekend and am sad it’s over. Follett’s characters, story development, cathedral building descriptions, and intertwining of memorable and loving characters with those I grew to hate kept me enthralled. John Lee, the amazing narrator, brings all the characters to life with believable moods and emotions and describes beautifully how the 12th century may have felt to live in. I can close my eyes and imagine what it must have been like to be in England during that era. I’m sad I’m finished and can’t wait to listen to World Without End.
Usually I enjoy good historical fiction, almost as much as I like well written non-fiction. This book seemed to me more of a very lengthy romance novel, meant for unsophisticated readers. It did provide cultural information on life in the 12th century, but the writing was not inspired and there seemed to be little depth. So many times the author repeated scenes from earlier in the story in the form of characters thinking about their pasts-as if the reader were not smart enough to make the connections. I was extremely disappointed and would not recommend this book, even though the narrator did a great job with the somewhat boring material. What was Oprah thinking?
I enjoy the historical fiction, but it is an awful lot about cathedrals! The book could have been edited down to 25 hours without compromising the story. I liked the reader though.
lover of tales
Extraordinary storytelling and production values, that takes the listener into a living past. Follett,and narrator John Lee provide you with the magical ability to feel, smell, touch and experience the world in the 12th century (some of it a horror and some of it innocent, fresh with vast possibilities). Characters that hold you rapt, sometimes holding your breath, as their life's torments and joys are revealed. My unreserved recommendation, for this fine literary and audio achievement.
just finished it...i gotta say i was overly impressed and loved every minute of the 40 hours...knowing there is a "kingsbridge sequel" makes me even happier...the narrator was brilliant and the story very engrossing...for those that are sad that Oprah gave it the national spotlight by making it her bookclub choice, you gotta give her credit -- she is usually spot on with her choices...this one is perfect...
I finished listening to this book a few weeks ago, but I have not stopped thinking about it. The depth of the characters, the wonderful sweeping story line, and the images of little English towns has bathed my consciousness to the point that I am still deriving pleasure from this book. I am very much looking forward to World Without End. It is worth mentioning that reader does a remarkable job with this book.
As others have said it is the best book written... I have read it literally 5 times and have listened to it more. dont pass this by. I have never been into this style of book but it engulfs you.