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!!
I so enjoyed this book I quickly purchased Ken Follett's World With End. While the book is long, the details keep it interesting and make the listening time fly by. The historical details and character development make for a great learning and enjoyable experience.
I really enjoyed very minute of the 44 hours of this audio book.
A great story. Wonderful detail. Loved the author's forward... and of course, John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened too.
Excellent all the way.