It's now been two days since the story ended. I have a real sense of loss that the characters from this story are gone.
The characters in this story are expertly crafted, intelligent, beautiful and interesting. I loved some, hated others ... the ups and downs in this story stirred significant emotion.
I found there to be surprisingly little time spent on cathedral building given many of the other reviews here. The balance of story and structural discussion was masterfully crafted. The descriptions of the buildings in the story made me want to research structures from that time and put reality to the imagination.
As you can tell, I loved this story. I'm downloading the sequal right now and looking forward to another journey through Kingsbridge.
I could not stop listening to this book! I listened to it in record time because I could not wait to find out what happened next. It was very well written and very well narrated. Although I think that it probably appeals more to women than men, I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to read the follow on book. The only thing that I disliked in the book is that it is a little too graphic at times in its language and in its description of sex and violence.
I read The Pillars of the Earth when it was first published, and although I don't usually listen to something that I have already read, I'm glad I did. John Lee does an excellent job of making the characters come alive. At times you think there must be multiple actors reading the parts. If you like period novels, you will love this book by Ken Follett. When you finish it you will want to download Follett's follow up, World Without End. I highly recommend both of them.
Pros: good story, good narrator
Cons: Sex/Rape scenes too graphic, written with modern prose which makes me wonder about the book's historical accuracy (though I know of no examples of inaccuracy)
Very good book overall and I recommend it.
This marvel of character development, interwoven plot lines and beautiful narration is my favorite audible purchase to date. I found myself grabbing my iPod every chance I could to hear more about Philip and Tom Builder and the rest of Follett's fabulous creations.
What a wonderful book and excellent narrator. I kept looking for things to do around the house, cleaning to be done, garage to be organized, so that I could listen to the Pillars of the Earth.
I couldn't wait to get in my car, walk the dogs or just sit on my patio and listen to his wonderful book. What is the equivalent of "couldn't put it down" for an audio book? That's how I felt about this listen. The narrator was amazing..brought each character to life with just slight changes in his vocal expression. Follett did an incredible job of bringing his characters to life in a time when life was not easy. I also enjoyed the facts presented about the building of great European cathedrals in the 1100's. When it was over, I felt a sense of loss. I miss Alleana, Jack and Father Phillip!
I have been absolutely riveted by this book. I listen to it in my car, while I'm cleaning, while I cook, do laundry - whatever! I can't get enough! The only bad thing about it, is it will end!! Then what?! I highly recommend this book. Absolutely fantastic!!