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!
The book starts out a bit slow but once you figure out the main characters they come to life.
Greed is powerful. If you think todays headlines are scandolus you have a treat in store. For individuals who sit in church every Sunday thinking about how boring it is, step behind the scene and witness, lies, sex, murder and hypocrisy at it’s best. I found myself staying up late just to hear the next segment. At the end of the tape I wanted more. I was elated to find the author has another book out. Keep it coming.