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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)

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    abbey Wildwood, MO, United States 11-12-12
    abbey Wildwood, MO, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Different in a good way"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in a different era and hearing the evolution of the characters over a lifespan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters


    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?

    Aliana- she was the ultimate independent, strong and courageous woman.


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    Andrea Carlsbad, NM 88220 11-01-12
    Andrea Carlsbad, NM 88220 11-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "John Lee does an amazing job of narrarating again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is intriguing and the characters draw you in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

    There are many memorable moments, but I think Phillip at the end when he brings the mob together and finally defeats his enemies is a great moment and really gives a picture to what brings about a martyr in society.


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

    John Lee always does an amazing job and this performance was just as great!


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

    I would have loved to, but it is far too long, which is a good thing!


    Any additional comments?

    Ken Follett is an amazing story teller and John Lee does a great job of reading his books! I can't wait to listen to World Without End.

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    Amazon Customer 10-19-12
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    "Made 12th Century England come alive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story didn't seem like 40 hours. I loved every minute. I felt I could understand each social class and how they lived in the 12th century. I felt the passion and life's difficulties of the people surrounded by the common goal of building the cathedral.


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

    I loved listen to John Lee. It is amazing how he can individualize each charater for an epic tale of this length and variety of characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't expect to feel the profound sense of awe for Tom the Builder's dedication and courage through a lifetime of adversity.


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    Keri SOQUEL, CA, United States 10-06-12
    Keri SOQUEL, CA, United States 10-06-12
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    "Enchanting! A must listen!"
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    I was skeptical at first whether I would like this book. An architect building a cathredal? Didn't sound like my type of book. BUT....I LOVED it! The characters are so wonderfully developed that you can't help but get immersed in this epic tale. One of my favorites of all time...A must listen. You wont be disappointed. This is a fantastic tale!

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    VictoriaS Concord, CA, United States 10-02-12
    VictoriaS Concord, CA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Good story, keeps your attention - great for commuting in the car as the book is so darn loooonnnngggg!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 10-01-12
    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 10-01-12
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    "Outstanding"

    I am so glad I made this selection. Ken Follett is now one of my favorite authors. I love his flow in his writing. This is a great story that is told in a brilliant way and John Lee is to be commended on his narration. I would greatly encourage you not to overlook this book thinking that it is about cathedarls and monks or even religion. It is about life and its strugles and it triumphs. It is about persisting in the face of opposition and finding a way to press forward when the wind has been knocked out of you. This is a great book! However, I must warn you it can lead to a lack of sleep it is hard to stop once you began.

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    David 09-30-12
    David 09-30-12
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    "Treat yourself to this book!"

    This is by far my favorite Ken Follett book, made even better by my all-time favorite narrator, John Lee. Even though it's a long book, I didn't want it to end. I don't usually listen to audiobooks more than once, but for this one I will make an exception (and that's really saying something since the book is over 40 hours long!)
    The characters are so well developed, that I did not find it confusing when he added more and more people to the long list of events. The publisher's summary describes it as Ken Follett's historical masterpiece, and I couldn't agree more.
    I love historical fiction, and this book is at the top of my list. They could not have found a better narrator then John Lee to bring it to life. This audiobook should come with a warning: "Although you'll be tempted, don't try to listen to the entire book at once!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Avon, IN, United States 09-30-12
    Chris Avon, IN, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2016

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    "So much more than expected!"
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    Pillars is the kind of book that gets you completely involved in the story and the characters. Creative writing...characters you can relate to, like or hate. I'd seen parts of the series a couple years ago and this is SO much more than I expected. I guess that old cliche that the book is always better than the movie is alive and well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie0 Commerce Twp, MI, United States 09-27-12
    julie0 Commerce Twp, MI, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely gripping story! Fantastic villians!"

    This is one of the best credits you'll ever spend. Over forty hours of great storytelling and you won't want it to end. The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them and their journey becomes your journey. Ken Follett has also crafted some incredible villians in this story that will have you yelling out loud at your audio book. You won't regret buying this book. John Lee delivers this story brilliantly!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 09-26-12
    Richard 09-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "You will not regret this purchase."
    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Best one yet


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

    Pryor Phillip


    Any additional comments?

    This seems like a long book - a big investment in time but you will not regret this purchase. I was sorry it ended.
    John Lee's performance adds a great deal to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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