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)
Yes!!! It was unique and enchanting.
I truly cared about these characters. My favorite was the heroine Alienna, a strong spirited modern day woman in medieval England.
The narrator adds texture to the characters. His voice draws the reader into the story.
I couldn't put it down.
This is a story for everyone
No, I enjoyed it the first time but it's a significant investment of time and ran a little long for my taste.
Prior Phillip and Tom. I appreciated the goodness and intentions of both, and the way they expressed it in different ways.
John Lee is always good. Overall a good read/listen and worth it. You need to be ready for an epic though, and even though I was ready for the length of an epic, I thought it went on a little long.
I am now a huge Ken Follett fan. I listened to his two books in the 20th century triology, and they were awesome. But Pillars is the best ever. I am now listening the second book. Pillar is the best book ever. Follett makes you really feel that you are back in the 12th century.
The presentation of the times, culture, governance, and the church. It was interesting to see how the laws and customs of feudal times were so different. The life styles of suffering under a repressive environment. The bands of hungry law breakers demonstrated a system that makes people criminals by the bad system.
Probably, Ellen, Tom, and their son. In some ways the characters seemed a little too modern. This seemed to be most pronounced among the women -- Ellen and Arianna.
Yes. I think his most recent work with the Trilogies about the wars in the 20th century The Fall of Giants and the Winter of the World were better, but he was still quite good. He is one of the best readers.
An interesting read, the parts about the architectural issues was a little more detailed than I wanted.In the end, the good guys do okay in the end which seems kind of unlikely, but then it is fiction.
A quality story with excellent character development. I have enjoyed wandering back into the story to review the historical setting and accuracy.
I could not get the audio synchronized with the book. The narrator was very good what little I listened to, but unfortunately, could not use it.
Give better instructions for synchronizing with book.
I would definitely listen again. It was a well written story, enhanced by the reader.
other Ken Follet books: Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World, etc.
Prior Philip - love the Welsh accent.
Tom Builder - because of his singular drive to build a great cathedral.
I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.
I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.
I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.
Bookworm, model, supportive fiance and worlds best baby sister.
I liked the narrator, and story line was gripping.
Aliena of course.
His narration allows for imagination of the buildings otherwise if I was reading it I would probably skim over those parts.
Cathedrals, Corruptions, and Champions
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