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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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    Lisa Burlingame 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of detail!"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I seldom read or listen to a book more than once.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes


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

    Both at different times.


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    Gail 08-06-12
    Gail 08-06-12
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    "Love this!"

    I'm listening during my daily walk. I've increased my distance from 3 to 4 miles with this book! Can't wait to get out each day for the next installment.

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    Elaine ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, United States 08-05-12
    Elaine ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriging story with smattering of history."
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Enjoyed the story along with the history lesson. Great novel to listen to on long morning runs...like 5, 6 miles!


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    Jim Moore 07-30-12
    Jim Moore 07-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome tale."
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was hesitant at first about this book. I mean really? Cathedrals? This book is perfectly written and the story keeps you wanting more. I was very pleasantly suprised.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Kept the voices straight and distict.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pillars of the Earth and why?

    Jack. He was the most passionate and interesting.


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    Brian Lynnfield, MA, United States 07-24-12
    Brian Lynnfield, MA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable and Exciting. Great story and characters"

    Really enjoyed Ken Follett's take on the 1100's and cathedral building in England. In addition to having a gripping story-line, the character development was spot-on. I also learned alot about the time period (which I hadn't previously studied) and England's history. I breezed through the 40+ hours on Audible like I never thought I could! Highly Recommend!

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    Leanne 06-18-12
    Leanne 06-18-12
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    "great for long trips without children"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this however I'd tell them to fast forward over some of the terrible scenes that were a part of life back in the dark ages.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleased with how the book ended.


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

    I liked his performance of Phillip, the prior


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    Bartholomew 06-15-12
    Bartholomew 06-15-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Very happy with this purchase"

    This genre can be a challenge for me. I love it when they are well written and well narrated, but there are times when I just can't listen... This is something that I would highly recommend!

    In the first 30 minutes, I was regretting my purchase, thinking that this was one of those ones that I just wouldn't be able to get into. Then I found myself really looking forward to time in the car, on the lawn tractor, running, etc. Well worth the time.

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    joseph smith 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved the story, but it was way too long."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its Length - it's way too long and provides way too much detail.


    Could you see The Pillars of the Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Kevin Costner


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    Sarah Lake Winnebago, MO, United States 06-09-12
    Sarah Lake Winnebago, MO, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great first experience for audiobook"
    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    captivating, historical, interesting


    Any additional comments?

    This book was my first audiobook...the thought of starting with a 40-hour epic novel was a big daunting but I absolutely loved it and found myself listening all the time (in the car, while doing dishes, while jogging...). I highly recommend it. I'm not a big history buff and often get confused with historical novels but this was very interesting and easy to follow. I was so sad when it was over.

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    Diane D. 06-07-12
    Diane D. 06-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect!"

    Ken Follett writes the perfect book and John Lee does an amazing job with the narration. This was a book that I never wanted to end. Follett takes the reader to a time and place and makes one feel as though they are there. You love and hate the characters along the way. Great listen

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