The author did a great job of letting you know the characters and building this story. The clincher was how well he brought it all together in the end. Yes it has it's dark moments but they only add to the story.
Pillars and the follow-up, World Without End, are two books that I have read and listened to, several times, and the only book I know of that my husband has read twice. Every couple of years we pull both books out and enjoy them again. And with John Lee narrating, it was even better. At least a half dozen friends have cursed me for giving it to them, as they lost an entire weekend when they couldn't put it down.
I know from whence I speak.
Audiobook ratings and reviews are subjective and usually exaggerated particularly when written by we readers and occasional amateur critics. This is one book, however, that deserves every five star grade and accolade that it gets. Imagine, an epic tale written by one of the great story tellers of modern times and narrated, in my view, by the best narrator in the business. It's that kind of book that you don't want to end and at over forty hours it feeds that need. Moreover, there is a sequel of sorts, World Without End, and even a mini-series on DVD. What more could you want? Oh, you're into mystery, drama, tragedy, war stories, or love stories and don't feel like getting tied up with a boring book about building cathedrals? Frankly, I didn't either. Nonetheless, I bought this book on a sale a couple of years ago to build up and diversify my audio library. I figured that I couldn't go too wrong with a Follett book with lots of good reviews, even if inflated. I was happily rewarded, as I am sure most readers will be. Pillars had all the elements of most of the kinds of books I like to read and then some. After all, Ken Follett is an accomplished author of spy books and war stories. I think he is even better in this genre.
Now that it is on sale again, $8.95 for 40+ hours, this might just be the best audiobook value of all time. That's lower than a credit cost under the best value membership. I sure wish I could find more books like this one.
This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."
The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.
This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.
True that I'm a non-fiction kind of guy. And not a fan of cathedrals to boot. But this is a wonderfully interesting, exciting and engaging saga. The narration is nothing short of terrific.
This book will grip your mind, body, and soul. Forget about how long it is, you'll love/hate every character, and you may want to start it over again and again.
John Lee is always awesome and this book doesn't disappoint. He narrates these epics so well and brings it all to life. Of course another great job by Ken Follett as well. This book delivers a continuous dramatic story that will make you feel like you are living amongst the characters. Entertaining!!
This is a gripping epic! Often with unabridged books, I wish I could "scan" parts - and this book is a real exception. John Lee is an excellent narrator . . . never has "voice fatigue" and manages to separate voices to make the dialogue understandable. I'm happy that Ken Follett has moved into this type of writing . . . he's a gifted story teller - an excellent word-smith!
Whew, what a story. The memory of it will be with me for a long time. It was definitely very good material!
If you like loose ends and spontaneity in your books, this might not be for you--but it is an entertaining listen.