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.
I enjoyed the story, and would have enjoyed it so much more had it not been quite so repetitive. I mean how many times do we have to go over everyone's life? If you are listening to a good story you want new information, not repetition.
Could not put this book down didn't want to turn off the mp3 player. Decided to read this before reading World without end and Iam glad I did as it makes more since that way. One of the best books I have ever read and after I was done gave it to my wife and she thought the same. A MUST READ!!!!
the author starts by saying that this is his masterpiece, but the critics disagreed. this is clearly a well written book on an interesting topic. However, it is not a masterpiece. the author has an annoying tendency to have his characters summarize the story and certain elements of the story are not that believable.
This book is a great story that comes to a fine conclusion.
I certainly recommend it, the narration is top shelf and the story line moves with a smooth flow.
Even with 30 minutes remaining to the story, there are still characters whose fate are to be determined.
The book stokes the hawk in me for solutions to the problems encountered, but the solutions to the problems come from the dove
When I first downloaded Pillars and realized its length (unabridged), I became a bit anxious. But after I began to listen, it quickly became something that I didn't want to end. By the way, if you like this (you will), the book Pompeii is shorter and enjoyable in a similar way..I think that its the same narrator
From the very start, this book had me hooked! I was drawn into the story and held captive. Not only is the story wonderful, it is a fascinating look at what life may have been like in England of old! A GREAT "listen!"
I have always had a list of books that had at the time and place that I read them, became what I considered the best book I have ever read. "Gone With The Wind", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Giant" and of course , more recently, the Harry Potter Series. This book is become part of the list.
It is so well written and narrated that it is no wonder that Oprah made it a 'Book of the Month Club' choice. Be prepared to become addicted to it. I put off a full day to listen to the final chapters in order to delay finishing it. Five Stars all the way. You wil not regret it.
It was a reasonably good story but too many of the characters were either ridiculously evil or saintly good. One of the main evil characters (William) could have been disposed by the goodies but of course we knew that the author had to keep him around to sew new evil plots in the chapters ahead.
I personally found the description of architecture and building more compelling than many of the characters' drawn-out lives. It was one of the few times when listening to an audiobook that I yearned for an illustrated hard copy.
A new senior citizen, employed drive 80 miles a day. Gives me time to listen for hours every day, and I have almost stoped reading.
Ken Follett creates a masterful story first by creating multiple characters who develop, both in conflict and in concert with each other within an intricate story line; and secondly, by depcting a rather mundane historical period in England during the Middle Ages with color and a vibrance that seems almost contemporary. His second book of the period, World Without End, is equally fascinating. Both are wonderful selections. I reccomend both in unabridged versions because the story telling is terrific and enhanced by the detail and multiple character interaction. I hope there is third book from Follett.