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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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    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!!"

    Excellent book- very engrossing story. The narrator did a wonderful job on the character accents and his pacing was just right.

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    martha 09-02-12
    martha 09-02-12
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    "EPIC"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is long and follows some of the characters throughout the majority of their lives. The narration is smooth and each character is very defined in terms of how they sound and it is always clear who is talking. This book is an investment of time which pays off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved Tom the builder and Jack. I absolutely hated the "villians" (anti-spoiler)


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

    I don't recall a single character who wasn't performed to their best!


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

    There is no way you could listen to this all in one sitting, since it is 40 hours long.


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    Sandy Bloomington, IL USA 08-31-12
    Sandy Bloomington, IL USA 08-31-12 Member Since 2014

    I am web designer and while I work I listen to audio books rather than music. I love historical fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, classics and books about spirituality.

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    "Nice Period Book"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I enjoyed the time period of the book and the epic feel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the narration was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say one negative comment I felt the seen where a character torments a cat difficult to take. It is funny that I can listen to passages about rape and cope but to hear detailed descriptions of tourturing animals is more than I can take.

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    Stephanie Tempe, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    Stephanie Tempe, AZ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    The characters were so thought out and complete. I couldn't get enough of this book and the narrator was fabulous


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

    When Alfred came back to "take" Alianna


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His accents and ability to move from male to female perspective


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    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 08-20-12
    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 08-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly engaging."
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    I never thought a book about building a cathedral could be so captivating. But I couldn't stop listening to this book. There were so many different plots with antagonists and protagonists that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I was sad when the book was over. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

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    Hank 08-20-12
    Hank 08-20-12
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    "I can't get anything done, I am glued to this book"

    Fictional history is a great way to learn about the the life and times of historical figures without having to be bored by all the intricate details. After I listen to a chapter, I usually google the historical characters and learn even more.

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    Beth 08-18-12
    Beth 08-18-12
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    "A Very Satisfying Read!!! Enjoyed Every Moment!!"
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    Excellent Historical Fiction!!! It's one of those books in which you feel like you have been there....so well written (and read) it is......hmmm......as if you have personally witness each scene as it unfolds.

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    AnKa United States 08-18-12
    AnKa United States 08-18-12
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    "The ideal book for an audiobook"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pillars of the Earth to be better than the print version?

    In print this is a dauntingly heavy book, but as an audio version I drank down the full 40-some hours of entertainment this audiobook provided. It is so extremely plot- and dialoge-driven that it makes for the ideal audiobook. I never got distracted, never lost track of the story, and was constantly wanting to keep on listening.


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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic story with enthralling characters"

    This is a VERY long book but is WELL worth your time. I have listened to it several times and enjoyed it more every time. I don't typically like period pieces from medieval times but trusted a friend who highly recommended this book. After listening to the whole thing, I felt like I knew each and every one of the wonderful characters. If you have the time, listen to this book. It is Ken Follett's masterpiece!

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    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12
    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't want this to end!"

    This book made going to the gym each day so much more enjoyable. In fact, I couldn't wait to go to the gym so that I could listen. It does have a bit of a slow start but once you get into it you are hooked. Nice mix of history and story as always with the author.

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