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.
The narration was wonderful- perfect tone and speed for me. I thought the reader did an excellent job and made it easy to keep listening.
The way that each character was developed along the way and then interracted with other characters throughout the book.
John Lee did such an amazing job of differentiating all the different characters.
No, the book spans such a vast time and is too long for one sitting but I did find myself listening to just five more minutes, and then ten more minutes each night to get just a little bit more into the story.
I generally love books by Ken Follett, but this one falls way short of his other works. The narration was excellent though.
Yes, definitely. Maybe because this book was started when Follett was much younger, the plot and character development are not as well done as in other works. I have loved other Follett books and will definitely listen to others.
Loved Alyana and Tom Builder - both very real and believable characters.
Maybe... it would be tough to get the real gist of the entire story in one movie though.
The last half of the book has been really tedious. It seems that he is making bad things happen at every possible opportunity but is missing out on some key character development and story development. Would have loved to learn more about the actual building of the cathedrals. Waaayyyy too much raping and pillaging in this story, and entirely too much of the same descriptions of the characters. William is really bad, Phillip is really good, Richard has potential to be good, but is a numb nut in the end. Overall, I was really disappointed in the book.