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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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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 06-26-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it is extremely violent in certain parts, I enjoyed the history, the extensive character development, and watching the plot develop and characters grow throughout the entire novel. I highly recommend this book.

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    Julie A. DiCarlo Danville, NH United States 06-25-13
    Julie A. DiCarlo Danville, NH United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Unbelievable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pillars of the Earth to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book is so much better than the book. I, like many, have a very busy schedule. I do not have the luxury to sit and read a book of this depth and length. The narrative was simply addicting. I could not "put it down", or better put I found excuses to be able to listen to this wonderful story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the character development of this story. It is unbelievable how Follett was able to develope so many characters and make their lived entertwine in such a believable way.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Lee added just enough diversity in is vocal tones to make the book believable and not silly.


    If you could rename The Pillars of the Earth, what would you call it?

    I would never want to rename an author's work... It is however unclear as to why the book is named "pillars", but "Vaulted Ceilings of the Earth" sounds BORING...


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Follett had written MORE books like this... and I wish he had beed firmer about the mini-series. That mini-series should have been twice as long and sould have followed this wonderful book much closer.

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    Mrs. McGyver 06-21-13

    Mrs. McGyver

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    "Do not hesitate to purchase..."

    You will remember this richly written saga for a long time... And will be anxious to listen to its sequel... Guaranteed.

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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 06-11-13
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Wonderful Mix of History and Epic Adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The narration was wonderful- perfect tone and speed for me. I thought the reader did an excellent job and made it easy to keep listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that each character was developed along the way and then interracted with other characters throughout the book.


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

    John Lee did such an amazing job of differentiating all the different characters.


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

    No, the book spans such a vast time and is too long for one sitting but I did find myself listening to just five more minutes, and then ten more minutes each night to get just a little bit more into the story.


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    Cyndi McNeill 06-03-13
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    "A little disappointed.. not up to par"
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    I generally love books by Ken Follett, but this one falls way short of his other works. The narration was excellent though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely. Maybe because this book was started when Follett was much younger, the plot and character development are not as well done as in other works. I have loved other Follett books and will definitely listen to others.


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

    Loved Alyana and Tom Builder - both very real and believable characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe... it would be tough to get the real gist of the entire story in one movie though.


    Any additional comments?

    The last half of the book has been really tedious. It seems that he is making bad things happen at every possible opportunity but is missing out on some key character development and story development. Would have loved to learn more about the actual building of the cathedrals. Waaayyyy too much raping and pillaging in this story, and entirely too much of the same descriptions of the characters. William is really bad, Phillip is really good, Richard has potential to be good, but is a numb nut in the end. Overall, I was really disappointed in the book.

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    Debra Westlake Village, CA 05-31-13
    Debra Westlake Village, CA 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept me engaged!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm driving a ton these days and simply searched for a book that was LONG. This one is 43 hours and I was completely engaged immediately and then all the way trough. Loved it!


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    M 05-24-13
    M 05-24-13 Member Since 2008

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    "This should be required reading/ listening"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    John Lee absolutely breathes life into this book. I read this first when I was in high school and it totally rocked my world. So when I finally got on the Audible bandwagon and was looking for a solid story, I decided to go back and see how I'd like the audio version. As some of you may agree, once I hear a good book, it's really difficult for me to ever enjoy just the print version. This is now the case with this book. John Lee has to be, easily, one of my all-time favorite narrators. His arsenal of voices and accents is mind-blowing and adds such a layer of depth to the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good author, a good narrator, or a combination thereof. Seriously, if someone made a list of essential audio downloads, this would (IMHO) make the top 10 of the list.


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

    For me the entire listening experience was memorable. The book is so rich with...everything, and I'm too much of a Libra to pick just one, or five!


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

    Prior Phillip. I love me some Welsh accents!


    If you could rename The Pillars of the Earth, what would you call it?

    The title is perfect as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not stop. Just download and settle in for an AMAZING ride. I've probably recommended this book to dozens of people over the years and I have never known anyone who read it and didn't totally love it. It is an epic story with wonderfully written characters, narrated by one of the best in the business. You cannot go wrong with this book.

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    Angela Edmond, OK, United States 05-21-13
    Angela Edmond, OK, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"

    I first picked up this book in a bookstore and couldn't get past the first chapter. I decided to give it a try in audio form and just loved it. It was very entertaining and surprisingly informative. John Lee did an excellent job with the different characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 05-20-13
    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story"

    This a great book and a wonderful story! It is not a heavy read but yet it makes you think.

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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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