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The Pillars of the Earth | [Ken Follett]

The Pillars of the Earth

Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. 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...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....
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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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    Librarylover Lehi, UT United States 03-16-11
    Librarylover Lehi, UT United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2012
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    "dnaylor"

    A great historical fiction. The book is massive but really moves along. It never drags. It is a book about church and state as well as the haves and have nots. Great characters.

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    Irene PASO ROBLES, CA, United States 03-16-11
    Irene PASO ROBLES, CA, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "BREATH TAKING"

    I first read this book 5 years ago! I was THRILLED to see it here on audible! I loved loosing myslef in the journeys of these people. WOW THANKS for the trip

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    Joel Mayer Richardton, ND 03-10-11
    Joel Mayer Richardton, ND 03-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Superlative"

    While this book is unlikely to become considered "classic literature" it is easily one of my favorite books. I find myself going back to it and each time I listen I enjoy it. In fact, it is the book I find myself comparing all other fiction books to and so far have not found one that exceeds it. Each time I read a novel, particularly historical fiction, I find myself saying, "It was good, but it wasn't 'Pillars'" While this book is not for everyone it is a worthy read/listen and for those who enjoy it it is one of the best!

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    Janice Cleveland, OH, United States 03-02-11
    Janice Cleveland, OH, United States 03-02-11
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    "I'm a sucker"

    for medieval stories, and POTE had my attention from start to finish. Again, a little bit more "happily ever after" and good things to the characters would not hurt, you just get tired of disappointments, but nonetheless an excellent read

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    Fran 02-28-11
    Fran 02-28-11
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    "The Pillars of the Earth"

    Great read, read/listen to the book. The TV series has taken too many liberties and rearranged or eliminated key parts of the book..

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    Julia Sandpoint, ID, United States 02-19-11
    Julia Sandpoint, ID, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Tale"

    I just loved this book from start to finish - and it could have gone on for another 30 hours and I would have been delighted. Never bored - great narration - highly recommend.

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    Timo 02-10-11
    Timo 02-10-11
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    "Well written, well read"

    I really enjoyed this audio book, which is to a great part due to John Lee doing such an excellent job at reading it. I frequently zoned out when it came to the frequent architectural parts (something that would probably make Ken Follet sad), but I genuinely cared for the characters. I just wish there were less rapes in the story. Many of them don't seem to be "necessary" for the plot.

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    Angela United States 02-09-11
    Angela United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    I love historical fiction, and this one didn't disappoint me. I don't think that Ken Follett is the best author that I have ever come across, but I loved the book all the same. The narration was good... I often hate when men make fake voices for women, but I never noticed this at all. I loved the descriptions of the way of life then; it truly brought the story to life for me.

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    Melodee San Luis Obispo, ca, United States 02-03-11
    Melodee San Luis Obispo, ca, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Narrator"

    Enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. The narrator was good however I don't have much listening experience with male narrators. Female narrators tend to have better variances with character changes. Nevertheless, I didn't want to stop listening. Looking forward to World Without End.

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    Mark T. Vedel Los Angeles, CA 02-03-11
    Mark T. Vedel Los Angeles, CA 02-03-11

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    "The power of a good review....."

    I am so happy I took the time to read this book. All of the reviews and ratings definitely helped in selecting it as something I would enjoy. Once I got going, I couldn't put it down. I was initially put off by one of the reviews commenting that the rape scenes were way to graphic. Upon reading them myself, I felt that Follett did a great job in providing a brutally honest level detail without being lewd or overly crewed. He used the rape to show how it shaped a woman's life over decades. The architectural aspects of cathedral building were presented in a very digestable manner and now I am hooked. I am not ready to read the sequel yet, but it is on my reading list.

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