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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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    Beth 08-18-12
    Beth 08-18-12
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    "A Very Satisfying Read!!! Enjoyed Every Moment!!"
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    Excellent Historical Fiction!!! It's one of those books in which you feel like you have been there....so well written (and read) it is......hmmm......as if you have personally witness each scene as it unfolds.

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    AnKa United States 08-18-12
    AnKa United States 08-18-12
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    "The ideal book for an audiobook"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pillars of the Earth to be better than the print version?

    In print this is a dauntingly heavy book, but as an audio version I drank down the full 40-some hours of entertainment this audiobook provided. It is so extremely plot- and dialoge-driven that it makes for the ideal audiobook. I never got distracted, never lost track of the story, and was constantly wanting to keep on listening.


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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic story with enthralling characters"

    This is a VERY long book but is WELL worth your time. I have listened to it several times and enjoyed it more every time. I don't typically like period pieces from medieval times but trusted a friend who highly recommended this book. After listening to the whole thing, I felt like I knew each and every one of the wonderful characters. If you have the time, listen to this book. It is Ken Follett's masterpiece!

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    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12
    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't want this to end!"

    This book made going to the gym each day so much more enjoyable. In fact, I couldn't wait to go to the gym so that I could listen. It does have a bit of a slow start but once you get into it you are hooked. Nice mix of history and story as always with the author.

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    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 08-13-12
    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 08-13-12
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    "EXCELLENT WORK"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    It is very involved and highly entertaining


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

    just watch the starz series of this book. ulll see why i say this


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the citizens of kingsbridge finally had thier cathedral


    Any additional comments?

    buy it

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    David Isaacs Chicago, IL United States 08-13-12
    David Isaacs Chicago, IL United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, Enjoable story. Nothing special.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ken Follett before, how does this one compare?

    first book


    Any additional comments?

    Writing is noting special and tends to be very repetitive. I felt like his target audience was a group of slow 8th graders. No need to summarize what has already happened in the book every other hour.

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    maragon woodside, NY, United States 08-13-12
    maragon woodside, NY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The story line was amazing and easy to follow


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

    The sex sense were spectacular


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

    Tension and excitement


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

    A master piece to be enjoyed by everyone.


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    elgatof Burbank, California United States 08-09-12
    elgatof Burbank, California United States 08-09-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Great Story, great characters.."

    Even though I am still at the beginning of the book, I wanted to give my first impressions about the writing and the story in general. The writing is wonderful, well paced; the characters are rich and well developed and the story flows along nicely. To the reviewers out there who criticize the story as being "too contemporary" let me remind you that intrigue and deceit have been part of mankind probably since the first societies formed. I agree that the language can be foul and the stories violent. This is both part of Follett's writing and in all likelihood the characters did behave the way he depicts them. All in all, highly recommended. Can't wait to go back to the book.

    As far as the performance, the reader is just o.k. I have listened to much better performances with clear distinction between the characters. (Dick Hill on the harry Bosch series and Craig Wasson on 11/22/63 come to mind, as is the masterful performances on Water for Elephants). I am sorry to see that the same reader is on the next Follett's epic. However, that would not keep me from listening to it.

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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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