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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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    Greg United States 02-06-13
    Greg United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very High on the List


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

    No but want to again


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

    Yes, but due to length needed to take several days.


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    Murshed LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 02-02-13
    Murshed LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 02-02-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Masterful work of art!"

    If you ever loved stories that interconnect (as I do), this is a must listen. Ken Follet is a master story teller. Stories intertwine with actual historical facts, another great reason to love this book.

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    E. Krug Marlton, NJ 01-30-13
    E. Krug Marlton, NJ 01-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I "read" a 1000 page book!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great Value. Good Performance. Good Book. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend to others to listen to.


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

    Other Ken Follet books. Good historical fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent way to "read" this extrememly long book. It took me almost 2 months to listen to it. I love being able to discuss it since I "read" it. Looking forward to Starz mini-series on March 3rd. However, I thought part 5 seemed rushed to tie up loose ends, and abandoned some key characters. Too much time spent on architecture descriptives.

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    Erica Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-30-13
    Erica Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Engaging"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    It took me a little while to get into this book but once it clicked I was hooked.


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

    I don't want to give anything away.


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

    Aliena


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    Brenda United States 01-29-13
    Brenda United States 01-29-13
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    "Loved this book!"

    Very engaging story. I would highly recommend. The narration of the story was great!

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    AnnMarie Arlington, TX, United States 01-24-13
    AnnMarie Arlington, TX, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book I have read in a long time!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    I loved how this book brought you in right from the beginning and made u yearn for more.


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

    No book comparies to this book, it is just great from beginning to end!


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    Warren 01-24-13
    Warren 01-24-13
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    "Held my attention, even thru 40 hours of audio"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Doubt I'd listen again because of its sheer length, but did enjoy going thru it once.


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

    The violation of Aleana.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hanging of William Hamley.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of Tom builder's son.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it. Will likely listen to other similar novels by Ken Follett.

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    jenifer golden lake, ON, Canada 01-23-13
    jenifer golden lake, ON, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "so interesting and full of info"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    full of surprises.


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

    Sarum, Shogun and other books that juggle many plates in the air.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know how interesting medieval architecture was.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 01-23-13
    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.

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    "The. Most. Incredible. Book. Ever. Written"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    There is no way to properly answer this question - the storyline, the reader, the rich period detail, Follet's research - it's like asking me to pick my favorite child.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His ability to keep so many characters so different in this 40 hour book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I can't give that away in a review


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most incredible books ever written - which is odd given how different it is from the spy thrillers I normally listen to. This is the only book I've ever listened to 3 times.

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    Katheran Fraser Lake, British Columbia, Canada 01-14-13
    Katheran Fraser Lake, British Columbia, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Long in the tooth, IMHO"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    not really


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    shortened it, by about 1/3


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

    no


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

    I fell asleep fairly often...I did neither, laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the televised version better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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