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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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    HeyHeather Kennebunk Maine 05-06-13
    HeyHeather Kennebunk Maine 05-06-13 Member Since 2009

    I have been reading since before I started school. If I am not sitting in front of a book, someone is reading it to me!

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    "The Best!"

    Loved very second of this book. Couldn't stop reading this book. Stayed in the car, didn't answer the phone when reading.

    I was sad when the book was done. I will and have gone back to read it again, and again.

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    Heidi 04-25-13
    Heidi 04-25-13
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    "You won't want to put it down"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Yes!!! It was unique and enchanting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I truly cared about these characters. My favorite was the heroine Alienna, a strong spirited modern day woman in medieval England.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator adds texture to the characters. His voice draws the reader into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story for everyone

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    D.R. California 04-17-13
    D.R. California 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable, but a little long"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    No, I enjoyed it the first time but it's a significant investment of time and ran a little long for my taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prior Phillip and Tom. I appreciated the goodness and intentions of both, and the way they expressed it in different ways.


    Any additional comments?

    John Lee is always good. Overall a good read/listen and worth it. You need to be ready for an epic though, and even though I was ready for the length of an epic, I thought it went on a little long.

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    Rob Lewisville, TX, United States 04-04-13
    Rob Lewisville, TX, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book I ever listened to - no boring moments"

    I am now a huge Ken Follett fan. I listened to his two books in the 20th century triology, and they were awesome. But Pillars is the best ever. I am now listening the second book. Pillar is the best book ever. Follett makes you really feel that you are back in the 12th century.

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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 03-24-13
    Craig C. austin, TX United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One Thousand Years Ago Was Not All that Romantic"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    The presentation of the times, culture, governance, and the church. It was interesting to see how the laws and customs of feudal times were so different. The life styles of suffering under a repressive environment. The bands of hungry law breakers demonstrated a system that makes people criminals by the bad system.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably, Ellen, Tom, and their son. In some ways the characters seemed a little too modern. This seemed to be most pronounced among the women -- Ellen and Arianna.


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

    Yes. I think his most recent work with the Trilogies about the wars in the 20th century The Fall of Giants and the Winter of the World were better, but he was still quite good. He is one of the best readers.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting read, the parts about the architectural issues was a little more detailed than I wanted.In the end, the good guys do okay in the end which seems kind of unlikely, but then it is fiction.

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    LARRY United States 03-22-13
    LARRY United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "good read (listen)"

    A quality story with excellent character development. I have enjoyed wandering back into the story to review the historical setting and accuracy.

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    Saundra Barrett Miami 03-18-13
    Saundra Barrett Miami 03-18-13
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I could not get the audio synchronized with the book. The narrator was very good what little I listened to, but unfortunately, could not use it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give better instructions for synchronizing with book.

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    Lisa 03-17-13
    Lisa 03-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Historical Story"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again. It was a well written story, enhanced by the reader.


    What other book might you compare The Pillars of the Earth to and why?

    other Ken Follet books: Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World, etc.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Prior Philip - love the Welsh accent.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pillars of the Earth and why?

    Tom Builder - because of his singular drive to build a great cathedral.


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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-17-13
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-17-13
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    "Great book"

    I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.

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    William 03-16-13
    William 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Tom Builder


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pillars of the Earth and why?

    Earl William


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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