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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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    Donna Leonardville, KS, USA 02-17-08
    Donna Leonardville, KS, USA 02-17-08
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    "awesome"

    Great story with some midieval history thrown in.

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    P. KAT New York 02-16-08
    P. KAT New York 02-16-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Another Amazing Work"

    Ken Follett is a wonderful author. He is able to weave a captivating tale with the backdrop being England in the middle ages. His character development, story line, and the magnificant descriptive language and detail he uses draws the listener into the storyline and make you feel as if you can see the story unfolding right before your eyes. A must read!

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    RJS USA 02-15-08
    RJS USA 02-15-08 Member Since 2002

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    "Pillars of the Earth"

    Absolutely riveting historical fiction. It's something to look forward to on a long commute.

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    Veronica Ogden, Utah 02-08-08
    Veronica Ogden, Utah 02-08-08 Member Since 2004

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    "Habit Forming"

    The book starts out a bit slow but once you figure out the main characters they come to life.
    Greed is powerful. If you think todays headlines are scandolus you have a treat in store. For individuals who sit in church every Sunday thinking about how boring it is, step behind the scene and witness, lies, sex, murder and hypocrisy at it’s best. I found myself staying up late just to hear the next segment. At the end of the tape I wanted more. I was elated to find the author has another book out. Keep it coming.

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    Elizabeth Arias Phoenix, AZ United States 02-04-08
    Elizabeth Arias Phoenix, AZ United States 02-04-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Rivoting"

    I could not take my earphones off. What an exciting and educational read!

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    Amanda Warrenville, SC, USA 02-02-08
    Amanda Warrenville, SC, USA 02-02-08
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    "Classic"

    I had never even heard of this book before now, but I am so glad that I bought it. It's a great epic adventure where good vs. evil is shown through the greater works of mankind.

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    Bjorn Bloomsbury, NJ, USA 01-27-08
    Bjorn Bloomsbury, NJ, USA 01-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Pure Enjoyment"

    I have enjoyed this story more than any other story I have listened to. Follet does a great job building interesting caracters that, accross 40 hours, you come to identify with. You can't help but get wrapped up in the story once you start listening.

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    Robert Gulfport, FL, USA 01-26-08
    Robert Gulfport, FL, USA 01-26-08 Member Since 2004
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    "You are there"

    Fantastic visit to a Europe almost a 1000 years gone by. You really get to know and care for the characters and the production/reading of the book is superb.

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    Elizabeth Spokane, WA, USA 01-26-08
    Elizabeth Spokane, WA, USA 01-26-08
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    "Encompassing"

    My first audiobook. I only allow myself to listen while exercising. This book is so good -- I'm exercising more than I had planned! I can't explain how good Pillars is... You just have to get this audiobook and find out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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    Paul Marietta, GA, United States 01-25-08
    Paul Marietta, GA, United States 01-25-08 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best"

    What a great story this is! Take the very basics of humanity: food, shelter, security, love, and of course revenge, place it in the 1100's and you have "Pillars".

    I read the book about 10 years ago and even with the slew of books I've been able to run though, thanks to Audible (>100 and counting!), I still feel it is one of the best I have ever read/heard.

    My only criticism is that it is so long, toward the end you feel like "haven't we fought this battle already?" and you just want the bad guys to finally get what's coming to them. But in some ways, I think that it is deliberate. The author wants you to feel the anguish of evil continually challenging good. And in the end, this really is a book about good versus evil, love vs hate, forgiveness vs revenge, hope vs despair. Oh yea, and they build a church.

    Happy reading,

    Paul

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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