40 hours long, and it didn't seem to drag at all. The plot is so complex, yet well explained and never seemed forced. Everything seems to weave together beautifully. Loved this one.
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
I had to make myself listen to the end of this book, because I was just over it by the last few hours. I love a good story, but I don't like too much description and detail beyond what it takes for me to get a sense of the times and relationships.
Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
Pillars of The Earth, was an amazing rich journey in history! I hoped, cried, and laughed my way through this story.
The characters and setting are so real, you could almost touch them.
John Lee is a wonderful narrator and truly brings the story to life.
Though its quite long its never slow. The constant struggle and addaptation of the characters kept me enthralled till the end. I finished feeling that I wanted more. Definitely a must listen!
This book is the absolutely #1 on my list of books! I couldn't find anything else to match it, so I re-listened it and enjoyed it even more the second time! Then discovered there was a sequel, World Without End. Nothing else compares to the rich story and characters, and how they all come together mid-book for an amazing delicious dramatic conflict!
All of it.
Tone and inflection. Loved it!
I'm so happy I finally listened to this book. I couldn't stop listening. This has to be at the top of my list, or at least second.
Randomly selected this book a couple of months ago on the website. Downloaded 3 and thought this book had the most potential for being awful so I saved it for last. I couldn't be more wrong. Truly I unknowingly saved the best for last.
I couldn't wait to get in my car and listen to more each day during my awful commute. Even gave up my radio show that I have been dedicated to for over 10 years to listen to this book. Loved the characters, the stories, the history, and the plot. Even the narrator was excellent. Totally worth the 45+ hours. I don't think there was ever a dull moment. I have never ready anything similar, but I am going to purchase the second book in the series.
I've been meaning to get about to this one for a while...now that I have I wish I had sooner. This is my new favorite book and John Lee did a great job on the audio.
I loved each of the story lines of this book, and how justice was served at the end. As with his other books (Fall of Giants and Winter of the World), he does a great job of describing each story line, and then beautifully brings them all together. I'm not really one for medieval stories, but this is really a story of love, perseverance, and the good and bad sides of the church.
There's too many, but if I had to pick the most significant (not necessarily my favorite because it was gruesome), it would be the demise of William Hamley. Second would be the love story between Jack and Aliana. I loved how she traveled through Europe to find him...very romantic!
No, it took me several weeks to listen to this book. I listened mostly during my commute, and I'll say, there were times when I felt like I could've kept driving!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it is extremely violent in certain parts, I enjoyed the history, the extensive character development, and watching the plot develop and characters grow throughout the entire novel. I highly recommend this book.
The audio version of this book is so much better than the book. I, like many, have a very busy schedule. I do not have the luxury to sit and read a book of this depth and length. The narrative was simply addicting. I could not "put it down", or better put I found excuses to be able to listen to this wonderful story.
I loved the character development of this story. It is unbelievable how Follett was able to develope so many characters and make their lived entertwine in such a believable way.
Lee added just enough diversity in is vocal tones to make the book believable and not silly.
I would never want to rename an author's work... It is however unclear as to why the book is named "pillars", but "Vaulted Ceilings of the Earth" sounds BORING...
I wish Follett had written MORE books like this... and I wish he had beed firmer about the mini-series. That mini-series should have been twice as long and sould have followed this wonderful book much closer.