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)
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not your usual Follett fare, Pillars of the Earth can be classified as a historical novel rather than a thriller. Still, it's rife with pop elements: lots of sex, blood, and hunger for money and power. If you are looking for a realistic sense of the time and place, say something along the lines of a James Michener novel, you'll be disappointed. But if you are looking for a very compelling book with colorful characters, great plot and an urgency that keeps you listening on pins and needles, you'll be very satisfied.
John Lee's narration is excellent. He has a compelling delivery that brings the story to life and complements the author's work beautifully.
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