The book is a compelling tapestry of colorful tales that together make the building of a cathedral whole cloth. The depiction of medieval life highlighted by the building of the cathedral is riveting and has stimulated me to read the books Follett mentions in the preface that he primarily used as the historical basis of his book.
The plot is never dull as one reader incredibly mentioned. It is loaded with adventure, history, love, cruelty, devotion, moral outrage, fealty; and has as many plot twists as a medieval cathedral has stones.
Other than being a great document about medieval life, Pillars of the Earth is a gripping work of literature.
Fast action in a leisurely setting. The heroine is not like Lisabeth Salander re: computer, chess, and photographic memory, but is very smart and is one tough chick. The main area of action is throughout equatorial Africa making it exotic. Hilary Huber read the book well speaking calmly while all hell is breaking loose. Not believable in parts, but still captivating. The book would make a great film with the action star being a female for once instead of the usual male.
Mr. Coben is a master at this genre. His stories are well written, fast paced, hilarious yet intriguing. He gets better with each book and never could his works be called dull or mediocre. A great story combined with an inspired reading by Mr. Weber make this a top Audible selection for those seeking entertainment.
I primarily listen to books on tape as I jog or take a long car trip. With a work like this, I am sorry when my exercise or trip is done. Mr. Follett is a master story teller, and if some complain about his politics, they are missing the point of this entertaining and gripping book. I can hardly wait to read the next in the trilogy. The reading by John Lee is a perfect complement to the book.
Incredible book with great plot turns, vividly realized characters and unforgettable scenes. Bravura writing. You will be in awe as you listen to it. In addition, the narrator, David LeDoux, is exceptional. He caught the essence of the characters perfectly. A great book with great reading.
The story at times was too precious but still overall was fascinating. The reading by Anna Fields was among the best I have heard.
Ms. Stevenson has such a breathy voice that it makes the reading wildly affected and indistinct when listening in a car. Due to the flatness of the pronunciation, if there is any background noise, such as when driving, it makes it hard to discern words. In addition, the reading sounds so much like someone trying to be very upper class that it is very off putting.
The text itself is interesting but the reading is awful.
I like Connelly and Coben better in this genre, but story was interesting. Reading was muddled and too soft making it very hard to hear when listening in a car. Probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have such difficulty hearing it.
A moving ending to a thrilling tale. It is tragic that Larsson died so young and will not be able to finish the other 6 novels he outlined.
The reading of all three audible books in the series was superb and enhanced the narrative.
I was afraid that the sequel might not hold up to the strong beginning, but instead, it was even more satisfying.
Should be read by all concerned with the potent threats to democracy that the misuse of technology can create.
To those who go on in this book, the question posed by Matthew Sobel at the end is thrilling.
Daniel Suarez is to be congratulated on his thought-provoking classic.
The Audible rendition is wonderful. The readers are great and the special sound effects augment the text well.
Terrific novel as is its sequel, "Freedom." Gory at times, but its message is important: that technology enables ruthless corporations, with only profit as their goal, to take away individuals' rights across the globe, and that we as citizens of the world must guard against this.
The technology described is lots of fun to explore, but also chilling in the nefarious applications it can be used for.
Great novel that's highly imaginative with a topic that couldn't be more relevant.
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