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)
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!
Best one yet
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.
This was my first Ken Follett novel and it won't be my last. I love the narration of John Lee. He makes the characters so visible in your mind along with the authors way of creating them. I've already started "World Without End" Great story telling, which is why I love to listen to books.
An excellent period story -- well-researched, fascinating, great character development. I recommend that The Pillars of the Earth be read before reading the second book, World Without End.
This book would have rated five stars, if it had not contained so many scenes of detailed brutality and violence. Other than this flaw, I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the depth of the characters, with their weaknesses, bravery, capacity for love, and ingenuity. Follett painted a beautifully detailed landscape of intertwined lives, and integrated fascinating details of 12th century life and architecture.
I originally read this when it first came out and loved it and gave copies to a number of friends. Now, many years later, I decided to listen to the sequel, World Without End, and downloaded this for listening while I walk in the mornings. It is as good as I remember and John Lee is perfect!
It is unique in the original writings of Follett, but I understand some of his later works compare.
As I have learned, to enjoy an audio book, the book must be narrated well. This book is done very well on that reguard. A bad narration really does kill the experience.
Tom Builder. So far, his story is romantic, not too violent for my taste.
This story was engaging and intriguing. I cannot imagine that I was so captivated with 40+ hours about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England... but I was! The characters were realistic and fully developed - it was easy to get caught up in their tale, to root for their causes, to cry for their sorrows and to hiss at their atrocities. Follett has written an amazing tale and I can see why it spread to such popularity. John Lee's narration is wonderful. He has a rich and full voice that is a pleasure to listen to, even if his characterizations aren't a individualized as I might have hoped for. The only reason I docked one star is for production quality. There are noticeable variances in the recording settings that dramatically change the tone of the narrator's voice and produce high volumes of background audio; unfortunately the narration switches back and forth from one recording session setting to the other many times and it's extremely distracting, especially when it happen mid-passage. If you can get past that (and the story itself assists the listener in doing so) it's a fab download. I just finished it today and have promptly downloaded the sequel.
I loved the era the book was written in, as well as the characters. Loathed William and was glad to see him finally get his just rewards. Would recommend to those wanting a good listening experience.
The time era.
Williams hanging (smile)
Good listening. Does author have any other books?
This was one of the first books that I listened to and I loved it! Great characters and great story. 40 hours flew by and I was sorry when it ended.
I enjoy reading different types of books. I really like mystery, page turning ones but also occassionally endulge in a slow, romantic one.
Pillars of the Earth was very intriguing. I enjoyed the way the characters intertwined. I found the subject fascinating. Great read...I've already begun the next one.
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