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)
Ken Follett writes the perfect book and John Lee does an amazing job with the narration. This was a book that I never wanted to end. Follett takes the reader to a time and place and makes one feel as though they are there. You love and hate the characters along the way. Great listen
Dually addicted bookie. Read and listen to most books together. If I don't like reader of audible I dump it and move on.
Time listening was not particularly well spent. There are lots of better books to listen to...and it's LONG.
His performance is the primary reason I finished the bloated story.
No...but he wrote one anyway. I began listening to it...and dumped it after a couple hours...I found myself rooting for the plague in his sequel...
My suggestion is to read Bernard Cornwell's stories that are set in the same historical time period and place...much better written and the performances are quite good.
Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Yes I would because there are so many characters of interest, they come alive and one cares about what will happen to them and how the sory progresses.
Enormous research, and the progression of the story through the various characters
Loved his voice, his accents, and his portrayal of the characters.
There were several moments that moved me, My moods fluctuated with the experiences, good and bad, of the central characters.
Amazing and entertaining I was sorry to finish it and will certainly read it again.
i am legally blind. so there's no question.
game of thrones. same thing period story.
he has a good clear voice and makes his characters recognizable by ear.
i liked the forrest girl, who lost her husband to hanging early in the book. she was interesting and not predictable.
i wish all the books were free, because i live on a very limited income and audible books are a big part of my entertainment.
Dawnknitella in Oregon
I really love John Lee's narration - I swear that guy could read the telephone book and it'd be engrossing. This wonderful tale has all the highs, lows, sex, and mayhem I like in my stories. Very entertaining and I was sad to have it end. Good thing there's a sequel...
Yes. Despite the length and dryness of some parts of this book, it was a story I found myself hooked into. The characters were memorable.
I won't tell you what to think of the book. It's not really my place. Just know going into this novel that it brings to the forefront many dark subjects and is not shy about getting into the gritty details. In other words, keep your headset handy if you're going out into public.
Pillars of the Earth wonderfully interweaves dark, violent politics and sycophantic characters with well meaning, dreamers with aspirations most anyone can relate to. Pitting the two against one another in an all out, decade encompassing duel for the souls of folks of Kingsbridge. Forcing those who value feudal law to battle alongside and with those who value religious law and those who value personal gain. It's truly an all encompassing tale of good vs evil with shades of gray to be found at every corner.
John Lee is simply outstanding as a narrator. He handles each character with perfect grace, swiftly maneuvering the vast variations of each character without leaving the listener wanting. It's especially important as Pillars of the Earth is told through the viewpoint of a wide cast of characters, each with their own unique viewpoint on the dark times in which they live. I also appreciated that Lee didn't waver during the more harrowing scenes of the novel. That consistency helped keep me going when I began to worry the most for the livelihoods of those characters I loved most.
There were a few times I felt Lee was let down by the production quality but for a nearly 41 hour book, a rough few mins at most low quality sequences is hardly worth crying over.
At the same time I also felt as if there were a few sequences Follett really needn't incorporate into the story. Towards the middle of the tale I couldn't help but role my eyes at another detailed description of our primary villain performing his most infamous evil act. We get it, move on already. The first description gave us more than enough hatred to carry on with!
Still, you'll be hard pressed to find a more broad covering book than Pillars of the Earth. There's quite literally something for everyone. So kick back, relax, and enjoy!
church vice virtue
the encounters of Jack and Aliena in their secret place
the death of Agnes
as an enghish student I have apreciated very much the diction and voice of the reader. I have followed the written text at the same time.
This is a very good book....but particularly enjoyable to listen to. John Lee does a fabulous job and I truly became lost in the story.
Epic Medieval Love-story
I'm still looking for another book that compares to this one. Haven't found it yet.
This is tough. There are so many good well-developed characters in this book. There is the tough as nails Phillip, the fierce Aliena, the unruly Jack, but my favorite has to be Jack's mother, Ellen. No one else could stand on a table in the priory, "curse" the bible and get away with it like she did.
I laughed out loud several times, I hissed at William with scorn. I shouted with excitement when the townspeople fought off William and his knights and when Aliena and Jack found each other at last. Follet is a master at drawing me into the action. I felt like i was there.
This is an epic adventure. Follet had me from chapter 1 and the best part is that I had no idea i would get so caught up in the lives of these characters. I had no idea where these characters would take me but the ride was so interesting. The characters were so developed i didn't want the book to end.
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