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)
I decided to read Pillars after watching the miniseries on Starzs. The miniseries was good and somewhat true to the book but as always the book was better. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reading is as necessary as breathing.
This is my first Ken Follett book after MANY years, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my book club. The depth of knowledge he brought to the building of the cathedral itself was excellent and did not bog down the book at all with technical details. I found many of his characters to be multi-dimensional, interesting folks to spend time with. I'm disappointed that his antagonists are not--they seem very flat and purely evil. I was inspired to buy the mini-series, which I just got done watching. If you liked the book, the movie is worth it!
One of the best books ever. All your emotions will be invoked. You will become happy, sad, angry, fearful, excited, tense, etc. An amazing book!
I couldnt stop listening - the characters were compelling and interesting. The story makes an amazing full circle that you dont expect - great listening
I loved the story, the history, the characters, and descriptive writing. However, I think that the author must have been told by editors to include very sexually graphic scenes, including incredibly disturbing scenes of rape and violence. Much of this was gratuitous, and disturbing... so much so that I often felt it necessary to skip ahead. It was offensive to me. I would have completely stopped listening to it if it weren't for the quality of the remainder of the story.
we spend many hours on the road and have come to depend on a good story to get us through. Pillars Of The Earth fit the bill beautifully. We spent lots of time sitting in the driveway waiting for a good point to break. To me, that's the sign of a great, well written, well narrated story. The characters were wonderfully presented and the plot held more twists and turns than a roller coaster! The narrator was excellent as well, creating an distinctly different image for each character. It captivated to the very last paragraph. A note on the subject matter: I'm not sure how historically correct this story was, but it gave great insight into what the 1100's were like without the separation of church and state. I found myself glad to be alive present day instead of then.
Have heard great things about this book, and bought it for a long car trip. However, I found the narrator &/OR style of the book to be droning and put me to sleep while driving. My wife complained of the same. I will try again when I run out of better things to listen to.
I LOVED this story. The narrator was excellent and the detailed story kept me going. I love the extra history and background of things thrown in. This was a long book but I enjoyed every minute and couldn't wait to get back to my recording each day. I will seek out more books by Ken Follett now.
Much has been said already about this book -- good and bad reviews. But what can a good writer do? I have waited 6 years since it was published before finally reading it because I have known Ken Follet to be a prolific non-stop thriller spy novelist - not to be interested in medieval romance of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses! I read and collected most of his books and I didn't want to end up a disappointed fan. Then I finally gave it a try. I doubted myself for 6 years to be reading something "medieval" from a Nazi - spy thriller writer and now I regretted the wait after reading the book - why did I wait for 6 years long years? I asked myself.
Just like his other novels - Ken Follet leaves something for his readers to think about - was Ellen really a witch and lived in the forest for the rest of her childhood life - where did she come from? What was it really like getting sick in those days? How did people survive from viruses during that time? Where are the medieval doctors? What was medicine like during those times? I know, I know Ken didn't say much about it because the book might turn out to be 3,000 pages more wouldn't it? Well, I don't mind.
Why I loved it? A few words: Ken never failed his fans - he brought to life a medieval world as if it's like being there!
It's a well-researched book - grainy, very detailed - captivating and well thought of plots, unpredictable turns and twists perhaps brought about by the years of experience of the master story-teller himself - Ken Follet!
Absorb the book and you will know what I mean. Bon appetit!
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