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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)

What Members Say

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    Saundra Barrett Miami 03-18-13
    Saundra Barrett Miami 03-18-13
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I could not get the audio synchronized with the book. The narrator was very good what little I listened to, but unfortunately, could not use it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give better instructions for synchronizing with book.

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    Lisa 03-17-13
    Lisa 03-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Historical Story"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again. It was a well written story, enhanced by the reader.


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

    other Ken Follet books: Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World, etc.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Prior Philip - love the Welsh accent.


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

    Tom Builder - because of his singular drive to build a great cathedral.


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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-17-13
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-17-13
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    "Great book"

    I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.

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    William 03-16-13
    William 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Tom Builder


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

    Earl William


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    bryndolyn HONOLULU, HAWAII, United States 03-13-13
    bryndolyn HONOLULU, HAWAII, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2016

    Bookworm, model, supportive fiance and worlds best baby sister.

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    "Great book,value, lasted all week data entry."
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    I liked the narrator, and story line was gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aliena of course.


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

    His narration allows for imagination of the buildings otherwise if I was reading it I would probably skim over those parts.


    If you could rename The Pillars of the Earth, what would you call it?

    Cathedrals, Corruptions, and Champions


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    Hannah Paradise 03-12-13 Member Since 2010

    Country Livin' Lady

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    "Totally enjoyed this journey!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, For my friends who like an epic journey, I would Highly recommend this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I got to know the characters and became part of their lives, totally drawn into the story. Lots of interesting info on churches, the people and about how they lived.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pick one!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me angry with some of the characters that were evil, it made me cheer for the kind priest. This book drew out many emotions during the journey through the years.


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    IMGAUDET North Miami Beach, FL, USA 03-11-13
    IMGAUDET North Miami Beach, FL, USA 03-11-13

    Educator enamored with storytellers

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    "Beautifully "Constructed" Story"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among the middle of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.


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

    The lighter scenes between the lovers offered a welcomed respite from the suffering endured in the bulk of the story.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Light-hearted, Consistent, Warm


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

    There were moments of terror and horror and even shame, but the redeeming moments were not as powerful as I expected they would be after the characters' harrowing expeditions.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a bit long-winded and the book weighs on the darker side. However, the idea of tracking the characters and their timelines through the construction of the cathedral was inspired. The characters hold minor depth and some quirks that moved them away from the extremes of total good and total evil, even though there were clear villains and heroes and those characters rarely moved from those realms. The ending chapters feel tacked on and the Henry plot did not match the intricate and well-hammered plot-lines proceeding it. Overall, the characters are its strength and there is no lack of action, depravity and joy in this reading.

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    KayDee 03-05-13
    KayDee 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed it until it became too violent"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the lowest quarter


    What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less violent. I enjoyed the beginning travels and cared about the novel's characters. I really wanted to see how things would turn out for them.


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

    Much too long


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    Kristen 03-04-13
    Kristen 03-04-13
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    "Great Narrator! Great Story!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how each character found their way into the story.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee was an amazing narrator! I would listen to him again and again!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story was awesome!! The only thing I had a hard time with were the constant rapes and abuse to women throughout the story. It kinda goes with the territory, but I hated hearing about it.


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    Amazon Customer EATONTOWN, NEW JERSEY, US 03-01-13
    Amazon Customer EATONTOWN, NEW JERSEY, US 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Yes yes yes. As a matter of fact I have listened to it a few times. John Lee does an amazing job I could listen to him all day and its is an epic story that I loved the first time but after listening again I realized I missed so much.


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

    It came at the very end so I can't say without spoiling it.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    That's tough I loved Aliena and Jack I can't decide who I loved more.


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

    Yes I didn't want to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved this book I didn't hesitate one second after I finished it to buy A World Without End. Which didn't disappoint.

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