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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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    Paul 09-27-08
    Paul 09-27-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Encapsulating"

    Excellent book! Engaging characters that bring you into the story. Although lengthy the narrative flowed well and I had a hard time stopping the story...much to my family's chagrin.

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    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-26-08
    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-26-08
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    "A work of genius"

    It made me want to learn more about St. Thomas... it was absolutely riveting, the bad guys powerfully bad, and the good guys inspirational. A truly excellent performance on the part of the reader, and a work of genius on the part of the writer.
    -Shu

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    Shari Netcong, NJ, USA 09-22-08
    Shari Netcong, NJ, USA 09-22-08 Member Since 2014

    I work hard and as a break I really love a great audio book. I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of Ken Follet and Diana Gabaldon and am always looking for a new great book.

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    "I did not want Pillars of the world to end"

    I loved it so much I did not want it to end. I learned so much about the era of the story and I enjoyed the readers voice so much that I really felt removed from my world and in another world.
    Excellent job. Bravo!

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    Christopher elizabethtown, PA, USA 09-22-08
    Christopher elizabethtown, PA, USA 09-22-08 Member Since 2011
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    "great book"

    i love this book

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    Nisey NY 09-18-08
    Nisey NY 09-18-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Captivating and addictive"

    great story. Highly addictive. Get's you lost in a world of greed, love, politics and injustice.

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    Jerald Schertz, TX, USA 09-18-08
    Jerald Schertz, TX, USA 09-18-08
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    "GREAT!"

    I loved it!

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    Diana 09-11-08
    Diana 09-11-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    This book entertained me during my long commute to work. It was terrific and the next book "World Without End" was just as good. I didn't want the story to end.

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    Sheila IRVINE, CA, USA 09-10-08
    Sheila IRVINE, CA, USA 09-10-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Historical Setting ~ Great Story"

    Loved the characters, loved the renesaince period setting. Well written, very well narrated ~ a little slow to start, but hang in there, it gets better and better ~

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    Matt oneida, TN, United States 09-08-08
    Matt oneida, TN, United States 09-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "pillars"

    It take you though a jounrey of lives in mdevile times. it is almost addivtive

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    Lisa pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-01-08
    Lisa pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-01-08
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    "The Pillars of the Earth (Unabridged)"

    This is a spectacular story, rich in historic detail and well developed characters. This is a book for anyone interested architecture, the medieval period, or heroic characters with a sense of humor. Don't pass this one up!

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