A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England, this is Ken Follett's historical masterpiece.
©1989 Ken Follett; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
"Follett is a master." (The Washington Post)
"A historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere and detail and memorable characterization." (Publishers Weekly)
former nuclear scientist
I was confused for a long time because the first chapter of the audiobook is a forward by the author detailing how successful this book was. After that, I was a bit put off, especially since the main family of Tom Builder is shaken almost immediately.
However, after 3-4 hours I realized I was totally engrossed in the story, which spiralled out to include the politics of medieval England, religion as actually lived by the people of the time, and the lives of high- and low-born families during The Anarchy. The villain is odious and the heroes are nuanced; Tom Builder, for example, is too indulgent of his natural son.
It's quite an undertaking to listen to such a long book, but you won't be sorry.
Yes -- It is 40+ hours of SHEER enjoyment...
VERY FEW other books meet this threshold...
I enjoy books that show the author's ability to observe and convey human emotions, thought and interactions -- and then to MIX that skill with HISTORY is just an ADDED BONUS!!!
Pillars of the Earth is one of those rare books where the story is interesting enough to hold the listener, while at the same time revealing the politics of the time and the details of medieval architecture. The reader has a wonderful rich voice and is skilled at emoting the various characters and their emotions. The thread of good and evil that is braided through the story rings as true then, as it is does today – seeing it played out on our TV screen . The rigidness of religion and of social edicts was clarifying and thought provoking for me. I would recommend this book to anyone.
umm. Ok. if you push me then the answer is "no". I can however say, I came, I listened, I reviewed.
I am a fan of the Game of Thrones series and most certain that GRRM was inspired by Pillars. This book is ambitious, but failed to engage me with respect to the characters -- through no fault of the excellent narration by John Lee. His characters remained real and true throughout the book.
At a certain point I just didn't care about some of these characters the way I should have -- perhaps with the exception of the main character Prior Philip and the main antagonist William Hamleigh. The other main characters and antagonists were fun at times, but ultimately a bit boring.
Ultimately, I wasn't as compelled to sit in my car and miss a meeting or dinner with my family to listen until the end of chapter like I have been with other audible books. Sometimes I had to push myself to listen to Pillars and not a podcast that I downloaded.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
probably not, i really liked it but i don't need to study it :)
the narrator is excellent. and of course the story, it is fairly well paced and kept me interested throughout the lengthy story. this one could keep going and going, which i think it does...
yes, it is escaping me at the moment. no matter i really enjoy john lee as a narrator. he does voice and inflection very well.
not particularly the whole thing was cool.
my memory is failing me but at some point in the story there was a wedding and as the bride and groom left the alter ken follet wrote the guests threw corn on the newlyweds. there was no corn in europe during this time in history. maybe i was just lost in a dream as i drove down the road but that is what i thought i heard.
Follett and Lee are a great combination. I have listened to 300 audio books and this is my favorite.
I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in a different era and hearing the evolution of the characters over a lifespan.
Aliana- she was the ultimate independent, strong and courageous woman.
The story is intriguing and the characters draw you in.
There are many memorable moments, but I think Phillip at the end when he brings the mob together and finally defeats his enemies is a great moment and really gives a picture to what brings about a martyr in society.
John Lee always does an amazing job and this performance was just as great!
I would have loved to, but it is far too long, which is a good thing!
Ken Follett is an amazing story teller and John Lee does a great job of reading his books! I can't wait to listen to World Without End.
This story didn't seem like 40 hours. I loved every minute. I felt I could understand each social class and how they lived in the 12th century. I felt the passion and life's difficulties of the people surrounded by the common goal of building the cathedral.
I loved listen to John Lee. It is amazing how he can individualize each charater for an epic tale of this length and variety of characters.
I didn't expect to feel the profound sense of awe for Tom the Builder's dedication and courage through a lifetime of adversity.
I was skeptical at first whether I would like this book. An architect building a cathredal? Didn't sound like my type of book. BUT....I LOVED it! The characters are so wonderfully developed that you can't help but get immersed in this epic tale. One of my favorites of all time...A must listen. You wont be disappointed. This is a fantastic tale!
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