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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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    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11
    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good story telling"

    This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."

    The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.

    This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.

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    M. G. Scheininger Potomac, Md. USA 06-23-11
    M. G. Scheininger Potomac, Md. USA 06-23-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Skeptical it wasn't highbrow"

    True that I'm a non-fiction kind of guy. And not a fan of cathedrals to boot. But this is a wonderfully interesting, exciting and engaging saga. The narration is nothing short of terrific.

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    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 06-15-11
    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've ever read."

    This book will grip your mind, body, and soul. Forget about how long it is, you'll love/hate every character, and you may want to start it over again and again.

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    Melissa Riverside, CA, United States 06-15-11
    Melissa Riverside, CA, United States 06-15-11
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    "John Lee"

    John Lee is always awesome and this book doesn't disappoint. He narrates these epics so well and brings it all to life. Of course another great job by Ken Follett as well. This book delivers a continuous dramatic story that will make you feel like you are living amongst the characters. Entertaining!!

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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 06-10-11
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 06-10-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Best Read in a Long Time"

    This is a gripping epic! Often with unabridged books, I wish I could "scan" parts - and this book is a real exception. John Lee is an excellent narrator . . . never has "voice fatigue" and manages to separate voices to make the dialogue understandable. I'm happy that Ken Follett has moved into this type of writing . . . he's a gifted story teller - an excellent word-smith!

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    jacksonkotu glendale, ca, United States 06-09-11
    jacksonkotu glendale, ca, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "In Love"

    Whew, what a story. The memory of it will be with me for a long time. It was definitely very good material!

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    Lawrence Escondido, Ca, United States 05-02-11
    Lawrence Escondido, Ca, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen, but very highly plotted."

    If you like loose ends and spontaneity in your books, this might not be for you--but it is an entertaining listen.

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    James 03-25-11
    James 03-25-11
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    "Not as good as I'd expected"

    I'd heard great things about this story and maybe my expectations were too high, but I found it a little dull in places. I liked the architectural point of view - that brought a unique perspective to the medieval backdrop and it was well done.

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    Carletta Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-18-11
    Carletta Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good"

    After seeing this mini-series on Starz made me want to read the book. It's different from the series but still good.

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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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