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The Pillars of the Earth Audiobook

The Pillars of the Earth

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Publisher's Summary

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Follett is a master." (The Washington Post)
"A historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere and detail and memorable characterization." (Publishers Weekly)

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    B 01-05-13
    B 01-05-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent Storytelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    Early on in the story, I was hooked! I chose the long version... but it did not seem that long to me as the people in the story were developed... I found them interesting and enjoyed the dialogues as well as the history around the story. You love the people you should and distain the wicked accordingly. Enjoy!


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    christine ROCHESTER, MI, United States 01-04-13
    christine ROCHESTER, MI, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I had hours of listening to a great story."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved hearing John Lee's british accent reading a story that took place in Great Britian.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love Historic Stories. This story felt so authentic, I was doing research online to look up Catholic Cathedralls in England to see if this one was ever built.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The amount of research that went into this book must have taken years.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I always heard it was great and I'm so glad I got to listen to it.

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    K. Pascal San Francisco, CA 12-31-12
    K. Pascal San Francisco, CA 12-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Once it warms up, gets you hooked!"

    Took a little bit to warm up, but then I found myself hooked on it. But, I find myself saying that with most of my favorite stories. I enjoyed the narrator as well, although I listened at 1.5 speed (like I do with most audio books). Great characters, in depth story, vivid descriptions, long story but well paced. Recommended!

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    Robert 12-30-12
    Robert 12-30-12

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "Historical fiction at its best."

    John Lee is perfect for Ken Follett's books. The voices are distinguishable and never annoying, regardless of gender. This book and its sequel World Without End are phenomenal.You'll learn history that's well-researched and love doing it. Regardless of your religious persuasion, you should see the beliefs of the characters handled realistically with respect. Every character seems real. As "perfect" as this book and its excellent sequel truly are, Follett's skill and increasingly maturity as a writer only get better in the Century Trilogy, so don't stop here. Also, the miniseries for this book (Pillars) is as good as the book but no substitute. I would read/listen to the book first. I did wait a long time between the two, so I wasn't comparing point for point. The miniseries took a bit of artistic license (just a little--involving the royal characters and where they were for certain important events) that I don't recall the book doing, but I didn't go back to check--it may have done the same. (Just got the other miniseries for Christmas and haven't watched it yet.) And finally if you want a great historical perspective on Matilda, grab Helen Castor's She-Wolves:Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. The whole book is a great read, and though nonfiction is as engaging as good fiction; the Empress Maud part is first and is a good go-together. (The ID says Robert but this is his wife, the main audio-book user in the family, so this is a female professional's opinion.)

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    Ben Atlanta, GA, United States 12-24-12
    Ben Atlanta, GA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic Story"

    Having read Pillars many years ago, I knew what to expect from this masterpiece by Follett. I can say, without hesitation, that the story is just as engrossing in audiobook form and John Lee does an excellent job narrating. To be honest, I felt myself drawn into the story so much that I forgot to really hear the narrator at all. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is truly one of my favorites of all time and the audio version is definitely worth spending a credit.

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    Robert White 12-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Epic story and one of the best narrators."
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best audiobooks I've gotten, it was well written and well performed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

    The collapse of the church or,the,killing of the archbishop


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The burning of Kingsbridge.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pillars of the Earth and why?

    Phillip


    Any additional comments?

    If you like epics set in historic backdrops, you'll love this book.

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    Hilda Harp Oklahoma 12-19-12
    Hilda Harp Oklahoma 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book and this author!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite - I love Ken Follett


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karis -


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His voice is so captivating


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes if I could have sat still for 56 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every minute invested.

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    Lilia Aiken, Sc, United States 12-18-12
    Lilia Aiken, Sc, United States 12-18-12
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    "Okay"

    I was looking for something similar to Kitchen House, the best story ever told, however it has been difficult to get into......after the author went on and on about being in love with ancient structures he thought of making a story to confirm his love for these structures. After knowing that, it felt like the story came "secondhand". As if he just came up with the story as an after thought, as if he had no love for it, as if was done half-hearted. It made the stories less important. I felt this way because of my passion for Kitchen House, it was created out of substance and passion, not half-hearts.

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    ruth Calhoun, La, United States 12-16-12
    ruth Calhoun, La, United States 12-16-12
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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    This is a wonderful book. I found myself driving around town so I didn't have to turn it off.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic reader


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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 12-15-12
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "A must listen"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I debated on buying this book because I watched the movie a couple of years ago.I know that the book is always better, but I THOUGHT I knew outcome. Wrong. There was so much changed that it seemed like a different , but similar book.There were a lot of subplots left out of the movie. That alone was worth the credit for this book.
    I really love the the different subplots. You could almost make different books off of each one.


    What other book might you compare The Pillars of the Earth to and why?

    Nothing that I've read.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee and Scott Brick are the two best in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The good guys always win in the long win.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been an avid reader all of my entire life, and I also have almost 300 audible library. I just can't believe I've went this long, and never read or listened to A Ken Follett novel.

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