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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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    When John Lee was finished with his incomparably beautiful reading of this book, I almost cried (seriously) at having to bid adieu to this magical world. Ken Follett is a wonderful story-teller and I'd say that if I could give this combination of story and narrator 10 stars, I would.

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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009

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    This book is wonderfully written, and the audiobook is perfectly narrated. The characters are thoroughly developed, and the way they are interwoven throughout the story is very interesting. I would highly recommend this book in written or audio form.

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    I really enjoyed this book. Lots of characters and lots of details. It did go a bit longer and got a bit drawn out, but i loved the story. The reader was fabulous as well. Highly recommended

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    Took me a little while to get into but after the first part I was hooked. Amazing tale!!

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    never read anything else he has written, just not my style, but this was wonderful and as he said, was recommended to me by a friend with similar taste in books. another series (world without end) i have listened to many times.

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