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)
This story was engaging and intriguing. I cannot imagine that I was so captivated with 40+ hours about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England... but I was! The characters were realistic and fully developed - it was easy to get caught up in their tale, to root for their causes, to cry for their sorrows and to hiss at their atrocities. Follett has written an amazing tale and I can see why it spread to such popularity. John Lee's narration is wonderful. He has a rich and full voice that is a pleasure to listen to, even if his characterizations aren't a individualized as I might have hoped for. The only reason I docked one star is for production quality. There are noticeable variances in the recording settings that dramatically change the tone of the narrator's voice and produce high volumes of background audio; unfortunately the narration switches back and forth from one recording session setting to the other many times and it's extremely distracting, especially when it happen mid-passage. If you can get past that (and the story itself assists the listener in doing so) it's a fab download. I just finished it today and have promptly downloaded the sequel.
I loved the era the book was written in, as well as the characters. Loathed William and was glad to see him finally get his just rewards. Would recommend to those wanting a good listening experience.
The time era.
Williams hanging (smile)
Good listening. Does author have any other books?
This was one of the first books that I listened to and I loved it! Great characters and great story. 40 hours flew by and I was sorry when it ended.
I enjoy reading different types of books. I really like mystery, page turning ones but also occassionally endulge in a slow, romantic one.
Pillars of the Earth was very intriguing. I enjoyed the way the characters intertwined. I found the subject fascinating. Great read...I've already begun the next one.
We think we are advanced in the 21st century but Ken Follett shows us that all the themes of today's book are found in The Pillars of the Earth/
adventurous fun loving individual who likes to read. Enjoy my own company as well as the company of others sometimes. Like to read suspense, mystery and thriller novels. I dislike romance novels because i think they are boring and are only good for people who love to fantasize
The storyline is really great, set in old English Feudal system times, the story is a great piece. The only thing was that they could have more than one person doing the narrations especially for the voices of the women in the story to set the characters apart.
Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"
Well written characters act out the middle ages in all it's treachery. This is the second historical novel in my journey of 5 books re the middle ages. It adds a humanity to the daily struggle of staying alive and avoiding the bullys. A good read
I found this to be a beautiful story, poignant and instructive. I very much liked the interweavings of such disparate characters. The historical, religious, and architectural fabric of this novel were perfectly balanced. The narration was strong and prosodic. An excellent story, that I will not likely forget.
I am not sure. It is too long, and sometimes I find the story not very exciting.
It was an interesting story, and gave me some insight into the history and the way people lived in that period of time. The dynamic of relationships, and politics was interesting as well.
No. But I really like the way he narrated this book.
This is a very good listen. I like the way story was narrated. However, some periods of time are passing much quicker than the others. May be I am not used to the way Ken Follet writes. But overall, I think it was a very good read.
The story was really captivating and kept me engaged the entire time. I know some reviews have claimed it's a little bit "soap opera", but I really enjoyed it.
Murder, secrets, lies and love - just a typical day building a cathedral.
I'm a huge historical fiction nut, and I really loved this audio book. It was a tad bit slow to start off, but once the story got going, the story kept its momentum. The hours just flew by, and John Lee was a fantastic narrator for this book.
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