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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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    HIYBRID 09-05-12
    HIYBRID 09-05-12

    Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"

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    "Epic in both a good and bad way"

    Well written characters act out the middle ages in all it's treachery. This is the second historical novel in my journey of 5 books re the middle ages. It adds a humanity to the daily struggle of staying alive and avoiding the bullys. A good read

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    Melissa San Antonio, Texas, United States 09-05-12
    Melissa San Antonio, Texas, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engrossing...."

    I found this to be a beautiful story, poignant and instructive. I very much liked the interweavings of such disparate characters. The historical, religious, and architectural fabric of this novel were perfectly balanced. The narration was strong and prosodic. An excellent story, that I will not likely forget.

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    Mehran Houston, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Mehran Houston, TX, United States 09-04-12
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    "The Pillars of the Earth - Review"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I am not sure. It is too long, and sometimes I find the story not very exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting story, and gave me some insight into the history and the way people lived in that period of time. The dynamic of relationships, and politics was interesting as well.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I really like the way he narrated this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, many.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good listen. I like the way story was narrated. However, some periods of time are passing much quicker than the others. May be I am not used to the way Ken Follet writes. But overall, I think it was a very good read.

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    Carrissa Larsen RavenMom 09-04-12
    Carrissa Larsen RavenMom 09-04-12

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    "The Time Flew"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The story was really captivating and kept me engaged the entire time. I know some reviews have claimed it's a little bit "soap opera", but I really enjoyed it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder, secrets, lies and love - just a typical day building a cathedral.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a huge historical fiction nut, and I really loved this audio book. It was a tad bit slow to start off, but once the story got going, the story kept its momentum. The hours just flew by, and John Lee was a fantastic narrator for this book.

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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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    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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