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The Pillars of the Earth Audiobook

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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    lyraemarie United States 03-25-12
    lyraemarie United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a fabulous and warming story!"
    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, surprising, and enlightening!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I haven't finished it yet, but I love the characters and how Mr. Follett really follows through with true life meaning and personality with each of the characters. I actually teared up when the Tom Builder tragedy happened! My father gave me the book, I read the first chapter and fell in love. I am, however, that person that falls asleep when reading words on a page. Audiobooks are a godsend to me!! The man that reads this is fabulous as well!! Thank you!!!


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

    read last statement!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is going to be a long movie, but YOU WILL LOVE IT!!


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't make it into a movie, because it will not relay what i am listening to.........xo

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    C. Cedar Park, TX, United States 03-22-12
    C. Cedar Park, TX, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing work, superb story, excellent production"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    I thought this was a book about cathedrals. Certainly, it was that, but it was so much more. I was constantly amazed by the variety of perspectives on morality and spirituality presented through the characters in the novel, each perspective realized with stunning intimacy and humanity, and each very valid and understandable--even to the point of self-recognition--despite the natural tension between them. Even the villains of the story had motives that could be understood in a sense. I generally expect nothing more than entertainment from a novel, but in this work, there were actually moments I stopped the audio, and considered some very deep truths about life, love, leadership, and faith, and how they related to my own life. And through it all, pendulums of politics, economy, war, morality, and the human spirit make wide intersecting arcs that describe not just the building of a cathedral, but the entire era.

    I was never bored for a moment. There were a few times when the ebb and flow of tension between the protagonists and the villains became a little exhausting, but it was all the more reason to keep listening. You may feel a bit betrayed by one short segment of the story that seems a bit rushed-- the restoration of the Earldom. That development was so long awaited and seemed so pivotal to the rest of the story that it's terse treatment had my crying


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Prior Phillip. So much humility and wisdom. It would be like dining with the Dalai Lama.


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    Trisha United States 03-16-12
    Trisha United States 03-16-12
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    "A Story You Don't Want to End"

    A friend of mine recommended this to me. I avoided it for awhile because it was so dauntingly long and because it was a period story, which tend to bore me. This story didn't bore me. The beginning was a little rough, as it laid out characters. At first it seems a Cathedral in the English town of Kingsbridge, but really it's a story about the intersecting lives of a whole generation of people who live and work in the town. As the story unfolds you'll love, hate and care about each character, as they come and go from the story line. It's a story just so very amazingly told.

    And also read. The reading is really well-done, here. He has a clear voice, and is able to emote and enunciate the voice (and sometimes accent) of each character so well, that following the story is simple and seamless. Except for The Help, this has been the best read story I've listened to so far.

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    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 03-09-12
    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweeping Story, Incredible Narration"

    This is easily in my top 10 of favorite audio books. The narrator, Ken Follett takes this from a long, long listen into a world you'll wish never ends. Even after 40 hours of listening, I wanted to hear more.

    This is a story of cathedral building but it is so much more than that. Romance, betrayal, battle scenes (without too much gore), religion and soul searching all play out in richly detailed plot. I found myself cheering on Tom Builder, weeping for Aliena and praying for Prior Philip.

    This is the book that readers tell each other about, instead of publishers making a splashy suggestion. This is a book you'll find yourself recommending over and over.

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    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-05-12
    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Sure New Classic!"

    This novel should be considered a new classic and as a 26 year old woman I enjoyed this novel immensely! You shouldn't let a story about a church or the building of a church let you think that you aren't going to like it. Because you will be wrong!

    One of the best books that I have read in the last few years. Lots of characters,story lines, and good old medieval drama!

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    Dora Alcabideche, Portugal 02-20-12
    Dora Alcabideche, Portugal 02-20-12
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    "You have to hear it..."
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    Everything


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

    No, but for me, the John Lee's performance is one of the reasons why I like so much this audio book.


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jack, because he is the most interesting person in the story.


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    Shuz Girl 02-18-12
    Shuz Girl 02-18-12

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    "Great story! Immediately engaging!"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. The first few paragraphs grabbed me and pulled me into the story. I started to care about the characters and what was happening to them. In my opinion, this is the mark of a great story.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Another thing that a great book into a great audiobook is the narration.... and John Lee's performance is excellent! His portrayal of each character helps me as the reader to visualize them; to give life to the entire story.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend this audiobook!

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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    I absolutely love this book. My only complaint is that Mr. Follett doesn't write more like it.

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    Dorinda Forbes 02-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous!!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best so far!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details from throughout the story became essential later, but not predictably so. Just enough details to make you hate/love the charecters yet still see them as believable. Excellent blending of historical details and fiction.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Excellent English accent was perfect voice for this story. But not so much accent that it exhausted me to listen.


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Alyana (spelling?), she did what she had to do and made the best of all situations and usually found happiness and pride in the end--just like I would hope to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this, even though I had watched the miniseries on TV. It is excellent!!!

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    Jake Albany, NY, United States 02-06-12
    Jake Albany, NY, United States 02-06-12
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    It was riviting right from the start. The plot carried along through out the whole book. Everything tied together very well. The charactors were great. I noticed some peoples reviews critique it's non-historical accuracy. It's clearly a work of fiction therefore that arguement is invalid. It's a great story. Just enjoy it for what it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Even after the book was completed, I found my self still thinking about it for several days later. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever listened to.

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