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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)

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    Susan 01-26-08
    Susan 01-26-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    Usually I enjoy good historical fiction, almost as much as I like well written non-fiction. This book seemed to me more of a very lengthy romance novel, meant for unsophisticated readers. It did provide cultural information on life in the 12th century, but the writing was not inspired and there seemed to be little depth. So many times the author repeated scenes from earlier in the story in the form of characters thinking about their pasts-as if the reader were not smart enough to make the connections. I was extremely disappointed and would not recommend this book, even though the narrator did a great job with the somewhat boring material. What was Oprah thinking?

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Fort Thomas, KY, USA 01-24-08
    Tara Fort Thomas, KY, USA 01-24-08 Member Since 2012
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    "LOOOONG!"

    I enjoy the historical fiction, but it is an awful lot about cathedrals! The book could have been edited down to 25 hours without compromising the story. I liked the reader though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jablow Hollywood, CA. 01-23-08
    Michael Jablow Hollywood, CA. 01-23-08 Listener Since 2005

    lover of tales

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    "Pillars raises the bar..."

    Extraordinary storytelling and production values, that takes the listener into a living past. Follett,and narrator John Lee provide you with the magical ability to feel, smell, touch and experience the world in the 12th century (some of it a horror and some of it innocent, fresh with vast possibilities). Characters that hold you rapt, sometimes holding your breath, as their life's torments and joys are revealed. My unreserved recommendation, for this fine literary and audio achievement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-22-08
    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-22-08 Member Since 2009
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    "wow!"

    just finished it...i gotta say i was overly impressed and loved every minute of the 40 hours...knowing there is a "kingsbridge sequel" makes me even happier...the narrator was brilliant and the story very engrossing...for those that are sad that Oprah gave it the national spotlight by making it her bookclub choice, you gotta give her credit -- she is usually spot on with her choices...this one is perfect...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rockford, MI, USA 01-21-08
    Linda Rockford, MI, USA 01-21-08
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    "Engaging and intertwined"

    A bit of history, a bit of drama, and intriguing characters combine with a fine telling of the story. I enjoyed this greatly!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark occoquan, VA, USA 01-18-08
    Mark occoquan, VA, USA 01-18-08
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    "An Excellent Listen and Superb Value"

    I finished listening to this book a few weeks ago, but I have not stopped thinking about it. The depth of the characters, the wonderful sweeping story line, and the images of little English towns has bathed my consciousness to the point that I am still deriving pleasure from this book. I am very much looking forward to World Without End. It is worth mentioning that reader does a remarkable job with this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan jackson, TN, USA 01-15-08
    Jonathan jackson, TN, USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Dont pass this up"

    As others have said it is the best book written... I have read it literally 5 times and have listened to it more. dont pass this by. I have never been into this style of book but it engulfs you.

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    Leticia Lawndale, CA, United States 01-14-08
    Leticia Lawndale, CA, United States 01-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice, but a trifle over-rated"

    I enjoyed the story, and would have enjoyed it so much more had it not been quite so repetitive. I mean how many times do we have to go over everyone's life? If you are listening to a good story you want new information, not repetition.

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    G. Kohen 01-11-08
    G. Kohen 01-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A must read"

    Could not put this book down didn't want to turn off the mp3 player. Decided to read this before reading World without end and Iam glad I did as it makes more since that way. One of the best books I have ever read and after I was done gave it to my wife and she thought the same. A MUST READ!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, NY, United States 01-07-08
    David New York, NY, United States 01-07-08 Member Since 2017
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    "classy but not classic"

    the author starts by saying that this is his masterpiece, but the critics disagreed. this is clearly a well written book on an interesting topic. However, it is not a masterpiece. the author has an annoying tendency to have his characters summarize the story and certain elements of the story are not that believable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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