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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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    Andrea 09-18-12
    Andrea 09-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "An enthralling listen!"

    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.

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    kathy waxahachie, TX, United States 09-18-12
    kathy waxahachie, TX, United States 09-18-12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time era.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Williams hanging (smile)


    Any additional comments?

    Good listening. Does author have any other books?

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    Elizabeth FORT WORTH, TX, United States 09-18-12
    Elizabeth FORT WORTH, TX, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Debbie 09-17-12
    Debbie 09-17-12

    I enjoy reading different types of books. I really like mystery, page turning ones but also occassionally endulge in a slow, romantic one.

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    "Great read"

    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.

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    JAB OC, California 09-10-12
    JAB OC, California 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "What a Story"

    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/

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    Amazon Customer TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND, United States 09-06-12
    Amazon Customer TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND, United States 09-06-12

    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

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    "it's an ok book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    HIYBRID 09-05-12
    HIYBRID 09-05-12

    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"

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    "Epic in both a good and bad way"

    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

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    Melissa San Antonio, Texas, United States 09-05-12
    Melissa San Antonio, Texas, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engrossing...."

    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.

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    Mehran Houston, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Mehran Houston, TX, United States 09-04-12
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    "The Pillars of the Earth - Review"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I am not sure. It is too long, and sometimes I find the story not very exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No. But I really like the way he narrated this book.


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

    Yes, many.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carrissa Larsen RavenMom 09-04-12
    Carrissa Larsen RavenMom 09-04-12

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    "The Time Flew"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder, secrets, lies and love - just a typical day building a cathedral.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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