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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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    George Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 01-18-08
    George Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 01-18-08
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    "Wow"

    I was born a cotholic, very strict and obidiant. I read this book several years ago and thought it was terrific.
    Now that I am several years older and when I heard it on audio books, kind of opened my eyes to what religion was and maybe still is in certain countries.
    I guess i am trying to say that I was totally spell bound by this book.
    the way that it was narrated kept me on my seat and I got to understand religion that much more.
    George

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Sanford, FL, USA 01-16-08
    Nancy Sanford, FL, USA 01-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Pillars of the Earth"

    I read this book when it first came out and I loved it then. I re-"read" it on audio and was thoroughly reinforced in feeling that this is the best book I have ever read. The narration was perfectly done to my liking and the story is so special. A must for all who enjoy historical type novels. I am anxious now to hear the sequel "World Without End". Follett is a master storyteller!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Omaha, NE, USA 01-12-08
    Dale Omaha, NE, USA 01-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Incredible Story"

    An incredibly sweeping narrative with characters so fully drawn, you come to feel you know them. Some you'll love, some you'll hate, and all you'll remember. I've only two hours left and I am happy to see there is a sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette Southfield, MI, USA 01-08-08
    Yvette Southfield, MI, USA 01-08-08 Member Since 2001
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    "One of the best books I have read!!!"

    Pillars was a great listen. I could not put it down. I listened to 8 hours in
    one day!!!! This was an epic.I am going to read it again to see if I missed anything!!!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 01-01-08
    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 01-01-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book"

    This is an especially great book to listen to during a home remodel project - a long remodel project. However, don't let the length keep you from buying this book because it is a fabulous listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bertha 12-31-07
    Bertha 12-31-07
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    "Pillars of the Earth is top notch listening"

    This audio book is riveting from the start. My wife and I started listening to it on a long trip while driving and we could have kept driving well past our destination since we were enthralled with what was happening. She continued to listen on her Zen player while I bought the book to read. She loves it. One caveate to this 'audio' book. There is sexual dialogue and explicit overtones here. So it's a good idea not to listen to the book over the stereo or radio speakers if you have others around who may be offended. In hindsight I think the author could have written just as good a story without going into graphic sexual detail in some of the scenes. It's still a great story everyone should read or listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcos Henrique Faco Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-22-07
    Marcos Henrique Faco Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-22-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Must Listening"

    You could not stop listening.

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    Bryan St. George, UT, USA 12-21-07
    Bryan St. George, UT, USA 12-21-07
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    "HIghly Recommended"

    I loved this book.

    I was apprehensive about the length of this Audiobook. But the characters were well developed and the storyline kept me involved from start to finish.

    It was very Beautifully written. However, I was uncomfortable with the graphic descriptions of the Rape Scenes depicted throughout the story. I felt they were more explicit than was necessary.

    The Narrator was wonderful. Listening to his accent as he read gave the story a real sense of authenticity.

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    Scott Lancaster, PA, USA 12-13-07
    Scott Lancaster, PA, USA 12-13-07
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    "One of my Favorite Books"

    This book, along with the entire Harry Potter series, are my favorite books of all time. I read this book twice - once 10 years ago and once 5 years ago - and listening to it again brings a whole new perspective. The narrarator does a good job and his voice is very easy to listen to.

    Follet transports you back 800 years to feel what life was like back then. As an engineer, I loved the depth he went into about then cutting edge building techniques. His characters have depth and you really feel for them when they go through tragedy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-12-07
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-12-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A Total 10 PLUS"

    I could NOT stop listening to this magnificent book. I never wanted to put it down and found myself so engaged in the lives in the main characters I felt like I was back in medieval times.

    I was thrilled that the lead woman of the story, Aliana, was such a strong role model.

    The reader is magnificent and the story is fabulous and alive. Today, immediately after I finished it, I started his sequel and am happy to give up another 50 or so hours to live in that period again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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