I loved this book! The characters are thrilling and the storylines are intense. This is more of a love story, love for another human being and passion for one's work, around the building of a cathedral. It's more fiction than historic fiction. I thought parts of it were predictable, but then there were definitely parts that left me in complete shock and every time I put it down I was compelled to pick it back up. Don't let the length of the book throw you off, it's definitely a page turner, I finished listening to it in a week and half.
This was a fantastic and intriguing story! I stayed awake for three nights in a row, because I could not bring myself to stop listening. This has got to be Ken Follet's best work by far. John Lee is definitely my favorite narrator. It really makes a difference for the listener.
After 40 hrs I was sad when it was over. Excellent character development, exciting plot and a good balance of good and evil. At times the violence and sex is a little heavy but it has meaning and is not just there for excitement. The narrator is the icing on the cake. I've been a 2 book a month with audible since 2000 and this is a top 5 book for me.
I've just finished Pillars and must say enjoyed the story - especially being an ex-catholic. However, I can not for the life of me come up with a reason why this is a best seller, on Oprah's list etc. It is a good story and because of the type of work I do I am able to listen for long periods of time which enabled me to finish the book - but wow, fantastic, best ever, no it is not. What I really enjoyed was reading all of the reviews given on Audible and seeing the varied opinions. How wonderful life in America is - to be able to be so frank and choosey.
This book was a nice long read. It was not the best writing I've ever read, but the plot was fairly tight and the characters were interesting. At times, the sex and violence was more gratuitous than plot-driven, which made it repetitive rather than compelling. However, the book has several compelling moments and features, and I do recommend taking the time to listen to it.
With out a doubt, this is one of the BEST audiobooks I have every listened to. John Lee's narration is brilliant. His characterizations are true and never forced. A treat, really.
I've been a Audible listener for nearly 6 years and have listened to more than 200 books (and learned to speak Spanish). This stands out as the finest of all my listens. It is a deeply satisfying story of heartbreak and healing, of love and fortunes lost and regained, of treachery and forgiveness. It is timely for me and has encouraged me though its enduring relationships, perseverance, keeping ones faith, overcoming obstacles and literally rising from the ashes.
If you've read a negative review...disregard it. 1,000+ other listens can be wrong. Do your self a favor and devour this book.
Ken Follett is a wonderful author. He is able to weave a captivating tale with the backdrop being England in the middle ages. His character development, story line, and the magnificant descriptive language and detail he uses draws the listener into the storyline and make you feel as if you can see the story unfolding right before your eyes. A must read!