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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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    Choppy Texan Argyle, TX, US 01-20-08
    Choppy Texan Argyle, TX, US 01-20-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding"

    Outstanding book and outstanding narrator. One of the best I have ever bought!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 01-16-08
    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 01-16-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Great book, fantastic narrator"

    Having read the book when it was released more than 15 years ago, I wanted to refresh my fond memories of this huge novel before beginning with Ken Follett´s new epic "World Without End" and so bought the audio version here at Audible.

    I was absolutely mesmerized by the fantastic performance of John Lee. The story alone stands out for its entertainment value, but the lively narration is more than superb and makes "The Pillars of the Earth" a joy to listen to. More than 40 hours of an exciting listening experience at a very fair price.

    Don´t miss out on this!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy A. Peterschmidt 01-15-08 Member Since 2015
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    "a long time favorite"

    I had already read this book at least twice in the past 20 years. It was a real pleasure to listen to it. Fabulous story, interesting characters. Loved it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Hayward, CA, USA 01-10-08
    Michelle Hayward, CA, USA 01-10-08
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    "Captivating"

    I started reading and thought I don't think I'm going to like this book. Boy was I wrong. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book. It's one of the best books I've read in months.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bogdan Tarnow OpolskiPoland 01-10-08
    Bogdan Tarnow OpolskiPoland 01-10-08
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    "Good listening experience"

    The narrative is excellent. The voice of John Lee is fantastic - deep, clear, easy to follow.

    The book is rather on the long side - a story is gripping, there are some lengthy bits though that tried my patience.

    Overall I recommend it it was a good listening experience. Interesting plotline and well read. I would not say that it was the best book I have ever seen but come pretty close. Ideal for long solitude car voyage.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virgil Independence, KY, USA 01-09-08
    Virgil Independence, KY, USA 01-09-08 Member Since 2016
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    "If you listen at Work DON't get this BOOK!!"

    This is an unbelievably well written and read book. I "read" while working and I lost countless hours of productivity because of the intriguing story. I would skip the foreword at the begining because I almost stopped listening after going through that. If I had I would have seriously missed a jem. Masterpiece.. not hardly but very very very good, possibly great, but masterpiece I hope not I want to read more and most writers works slide downhill after they have written their "masterpiece"

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    April Delta, British Columbia, Canada 01-06-08
    April Delta, British Columbia, Canada 01-06-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Difficult to stop listening!"

    An awesome 'listen'. I had trouble turning it off. Great character development and description. I could visualize the scenes. I would definitely listen/read more of this authors books.

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    Charlie Jordan 12-17-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"

    When Ken announces he does not believe in God in the introduction, I immediately was skeptical and started kicking myself for purchasing a 40 hour book about the building of a cathedral written by either an agnostic or atheist. I plowed on determined to not let that ruin the book that so many had recommended. This book is riveting the whole way through. And while the theology is not necessarily correct, it is not because of the authors beliefs, but rather the accurate description of religious thought in the 12th century. The book was riveting and the narrator did as good a job as any in giving the characters life and personality. I would highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Bloomingdale, Illinois 12-14-07
    Jeff Bloomingdale, Illinois 12-14-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding"

    I've been an Audible customer for many years and this gem is among a very small handful of books I consider the best. They just don't get much better than this one. Follett absolutely drew me in with his characters, sense of place and story. I enjoyed every single minute of this book and was disappointed when it finally ended. I have started his next book, World Without End. So far, another great read. Enjoy!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Mars, PA, United States 12-01-07
    Karen Mars, PA, United States 12-01-07 Member Since 2007
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    "An amazing novel"

    No one developes charecters like Follett. This is a true masterpiece. I wish the book would go on forever, I love it that much. The historical aspects are so fascinating. What book will I listen to next? Everything else seems to pale in comparison. This has been my favorite book since I first read it 10 years ago.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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