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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)

What Members Say

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    Anja Seattle, WA United States 08-09-11
    Anja Seattle, WA United States 08-09-11
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    "Not only exceptional book - also a great narrator"

    This book was recommended to me and as a huge fan of historical novels, I tried it. The characters are exceptional, and I could never wait to go back to that time in history to find out what happens next. This novel is a lot more suspenseful than other historical novels, making it even more addictive. But most of all I have to praise John Lee, the narrator for doing such an extraordinary job at reading this book. I am sure I will listen to it again before long. Right now I am listening to the sequel "World without end" (also read by John Lee), and after 1.5 hours I am already completely hooked again.

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    toni Wheaton, IL, United States 08-08-11
    toni Wheaton, IL, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Pillars of the Earth"

    What a story, kept my attention all the way through the next book. Different chacters. different time. Most enjoyable book.

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    nanabev sebastopol, CA, United States 08-03-11
    nanabev sebastopol, CA, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2011

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    "wonderful"

    can't stop listening! Very different and very worth reading. This is definitely a word of mouth book

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    Charlotte Grants, NM, United States 07-31-11
    Charlotte Grants, NM, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Surprise!"

    I don't know who deserves the two thumbs up more, the author or the narrator.When I bought this I thought this would not be the kind of book I would usually listen to and 40hrs and 54min seemed kinda long but I LOVED IT! The story and the narrator just draw you in and you just can't stop listening.I went on to buy World Without End(45hrs and 38min.) and loved it also. Great writing and narration, best best buy for your money.

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    07-26-11
    07-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical fictional masterpiece"

    Hate it when an audiobook won't allow me to sleep. It was so good that I had to keep listening. His historical references of that time were extraordinarily researched. I was skeptical about the story plot. I thought, why would I care about a building of a cathedral but it was riveting from the beginning. Kudos to Narrator John Lee. His voice made it easy to visualize.

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    Jess Clearwater, Florida, United States 07-20-11
    Jess Clearwater, Florida, United States 07-20-11
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    "Ken Follett's Best"

    I agree with the author when he refers to "Pillers of The Earth" as his best. Even with it's great length it is a very suspenseful book and hard to put down. It has wonderful historical content and has the ability to put the reader right in the story..
    Jess Hooton

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    Brian Kissimmee FL 07-16-11
    Brian Kissimmee FL 07-16-11
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    "So good I listened to it twice!"

    The author did a great job of letting you know the characters and building this story. The clincher was how well he brought it all together in the end. Yes it has it's dark moments but they only add to the story.

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    Lynn Thiensville, WI, United States 07-15-11
    Lynn Thiensville, WI, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Lynn"

    Pillars and the follow-up, World Without End, are two books that I have read and listened to, several times, and the only book I know of that my husband has read twice. Every couple of years we pull both books out and enjoy them again. And with John Lee narrating, it was even better. At least a half dozen friends have cursed me for giving it to them, as they lost an entire weekend when they couldn't put it down.

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    Robert 07-14-11
    Robert 07-14-11 Member Since 2013

    I know from whence I speak.

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    "I wish there were many more like this one"

    Audiobook ratings and reviews are subjective and usually exaggerated particularly when written by we readers and occasional amateur critics. This is one book, however, that deserves every five star grade and accolade that it gets. Imagine, an epic tale written by one of the great story tellers of modern times and narrated, in my view, by the best narrator in the business. It's that kind of book that you don't want to end and at over forty hours it feeds that need. Moreover, there is a sequel of sorts, World Without End, and even a mini-series on DVD. What more could you want? Oh, you're into mystery, drama, tragedy, war stories, or love stories and don't feel like getting tied up with a boring book about building cathedrals? Frankly, I didn't either. Nonetheless, I bought this book on a sale a couple of years ago to build up and diversify my audio library. I figured that I couldn't go too wrong with a Follett book with lots of good reviews, even if inflated. I was happily rewarded, as I am sure most readers will be. Pillars had all the elements of most of the kinds of books I like to read and then some. After all, Ken Follett is an accomplished author of spy books and war stories. I think he is even better in this genre.

    Now that it is on sale again, $8.95 for 40+ hours, this might just be the best audiobook value of all time. That's lower than a credit cost under the best value membership. I sure wish I could find more books like this one.

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    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11
    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good story telling"

    This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."

    The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.

    This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.

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