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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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    Barbara Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 01-13-13
    Barbara Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "keeps getting better!"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the past 18 years, I have read this book 3X, seen the series, and listened 2X... I am on my 3rd listen. Best book EVER!!!!!


    What other book might you compare The Pillars of the Earth to and why?

    Try World Without End....2nd best book EVER!


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    All of them.... he's awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    I have learned SO much from these books...love them!

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    Kerri Atascadero, CA, United States 01-12-13
    Kerri Atascadero, CA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved my first Follet novel!"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I loved the characters and their tenacity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

    When the cathedral ceiling collapsed and Tommy was born.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jack was reunited with his true love.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I would reccommend this to everyone I know that loves a god story.

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    jason 01-11-13
    jason 01-11-13
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    "one of the best"

    it's incredible. wonderfully paced, great narrator, damn good story. I didn't want it to end.

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    Cassandra 01-09-13
    Cassandra 01-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story"
    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was highly impressed with this story. Everything, from the plot and the characters to the narration, was well thought out and beautifully told. I enjoy long books that give you a deep understanding of the people within, and "Pillars of the Earth" does just that.


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    Carla Austin, Texas, United States 01-08-13
    Carla Austin, Texas, United States 01-08-13
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    "worth reading but not a must"

    The narrator did a wonderful job. The story, on the other hand, was uninteresting and seemed to lag.

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    Holly United States 01-07-13
    Holly United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pillars of the Earth to be better than the print version?

    Not what I usually read but kept you so involved it was so hard to put it down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History and characters.


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    ScottF FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-07-13
    ScottF FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-07-13
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    "loved it!"
    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I really like books where I can see the knowledge of the writer. He knew time period history, medieval society, and architecture. it made it a pleasure to read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all . this would not have been as good of a story if they weren't all there.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I do not have much time to read . audio books help me experience what I'd miss otherwise . Mr. Lee was a delight.


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jonathan. He grew up knowing what it was to be loved completely . He was so brave and willing to seek answers, even though they were difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    So far this has been my favorite of all the books I' 've listened to. The sound is not shrill and Mr. Lee has a voice that is easy to listen to.

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    B 01-05-13
    B 01-05-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent Storytelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    Early on in the story, I was hooked! I chose the long version... but it did not seem that long to me as the people in the story were developed... I found them interesting and enjoyed the dialogues as well as the history around the story. You love the people you should and distain the wicked accordingly. Enjoy!


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    christine ROCHESTER, MI, United States 01-04-13
    christine ROCHESTER, MI, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I had hours of listening to a great story."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved hearing John Lee's british accent reading a story that took place in Great Britian.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love Historic Stories. This story felt so authentic, I was doing research online to look up Catholic Cathedralls in England to see if this one was ever built.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The amount of research that went into this book must have taken years.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I always heard it was great and I'm so glad I got to listen to it.

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    K. Pascal San Francisco, CA 12-31-12
    K. Pascal San Francisco, CA 12-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Once it warms up, gets you hooked!"

    Took a little bit to warm up, but then I found myself hooked on it. But, I find myself saying that with most of my favorite stories. I enjoyed the narrator as well, although I listened at 1.5 speed (like I do with most audio books). Great characters, in depth story, vivid descriptions, long story but well paced. Recommended!

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