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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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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Elizabeth Tencza North Carolina 12-10-07
    Elizabeth Tencza North Carolina 12-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Eh"

    I just finished listening to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. To be fair, that is a very tough act to follow. Pillars of the Earth was okay because of the interesting storyline but had several hard to believe events early on that took me 10 hours of listening to overcome. Eventually I was able to forgive these gaffes and wrap myself around the tale, but not without effort. While a bit disappointed after reading all the rave reviews, Pillars of the Earth was good enough that I may yet purchase World Without End.

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    mary j aboughadareh 12-10-07
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    "Just the best"

    This book just takes off at the very beginning. What a great story and told by a great reader. I immediately downloaded the sequel because I didn't want to miss a beat. It was very exciting.

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    Kenneth Reese 12-09-07 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the Greats"

    I passed this one up a couple of times and then I finally took the plunge and downloaded the book. I'm about 4 hrs from the end, and I am already upset that its almost over. What a great book. I will download the sequel right away. A highly recommended book. I hope they put some of Folletts older books on audible. I keep watching for them. (Eye of the Needle maybe?) Certainly one of my favorite authors and you can't loose with this one.

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    Z'Oma 12-07-07
    Z'Oma 12-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Pillar of my enjoyment!"

    I have loved this audio book! I had downloaded it just before I needed to leave to assist a friend who climbed onto the health recovery wagon. This book on my iPod has been my breaks and my refuge. For me, this book is very well read/acted. PILLARS has gone on for such a wonderfully long time that I now must follow it up with "World Without End" to keep the the enjoyment going for another 45+ hours! Hint: Listen closely to the beginning as the characters and their relationships are set up! Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lora Arnold, CA, United States 12-05-07
    Lora Arnold, CA, United States 12-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Lora"

    I've been an audible member for 3 years, and this is the first review I've submitted, largely because this book was such a huge disappointment. After reading the glowing reviews I expected much more than I got. Many passages of the story were redundant, and the sexual content seemed sophomoric at best. I managed to get through to the end, but it was difficult. I didn't much care for the reader, either so I definitley won't take on the sequel.

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    DJV 11-26-07
    DJV 11-26-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Loved it!"

    Well developed characters and a gripping story.

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