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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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    Paul Baytown, TX, USA 12-28-08
    Paul Baytown, TX, USA 12-28-08
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    "I Like This Game"

    This was a very good book, definitely worth the credit for it. The writing is spectacular, all the characters are enjoyable, and the reader is great at his craft.

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    Tim New Martinsville, WV, USA 11-28-08
    Tim New Martinsville, WV, USA 11-28-08
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    "Phenominally written and narrated!"

    It was truly "hard to put down". And John Lee's narration added so much that my senses were alive as I listened. I felt almost as if I were at Kingsbridge throughout all their trials and tribulations!

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    Anne Charleston, SC, USA 11-24-08
    Anne Charleston, SC, USA 11-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "great read"

    I highly recommend this book and reader

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    holliday arnett 11-12-08
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    "The Pillars of the Earth"

    For my first experience with Ken Follett, I was intrigued and felt like a child again, I was hungrily anticipating the next "scene" and fascinated by his magnificent descriptive abilities, usually I stay away from fiction but I gave this a try and am ecstatic that I did.
    I am a convert and now a fan.
    I can not wait to delve into more of his remarkable writing.

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    Fred veenendaalNetherlands 10-05-08
    Fred veenendaalNetherlands 10-05-08 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great story"

    This is wonderfull book. Could not stop listening and found my self still listening in my car while the engine already was turned off and one normally should have stepped out. Great experience,exciting, thrilling and educational at the same time. well done written and told.

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    Elaine Oklahoma City, OK, USA 09-30-08
    Elaine Oklahoma City, OK, USA 09-30-08
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    "A rich tapestry of characters!"

    I finished the book today, and I already miss the characters I feel I know so well. This book is one I will keep in my library and revisit often.

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    Paul 09-27-08
    Paul 09-27-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Encapsulating"

    Excellent book! Engaging characters that bring you into the story. Although lengthy the narrative flowed well and I had a hard time stopping the story...much to my family's chagrin.

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    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-26-08
    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-26-08
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    "A work of genius"

    It made me want to learn more about St. Thomas... it was absolutely riveting, the bad guys powerfully bad, and the good guys inspirational. A truly excellent performance on the part of the reader, and a work of genius on the part of the writer.
    -Shu

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    Shari Netcong, NJ, USA 09-22-08
    Shari Netcong, NJ, USA 09-22-08 Member Since 2014

    I work hard and as a break I really love a great audio book. I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of Ken Follet and Diana Gabaldon and am always looking for a new great book.

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    "I did not want Pillars of the world to end"

    I loved it so much I did not want it to end. I learned so much about the era of the story and I enjoyed the readers voice so much that I really felt removed from my world and in another world.
    Excellent job. Bravo!

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    Christopher elizabethtown, PA, USA 09-22-08
    Christopher elizabethtown, PA, USA 09-22-08 Member Since 2011
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    "great book"

    i love this book

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