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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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    Mark W. Putnam 02-18-08 Member Since 2015

    Putnam

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    "Pillars of the Earth"

    Facinating listen. You have to stop and remember that it is about the building of a church.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Mansfield, OH, USA 01-21-08
    Rae Mansfield, OH, USA 01-21-08
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    "I can't stop listening!!"

    I have been absolutely riveted by this book. I listen to it in my car, while I'm cleaning, while I cook, do laundry - whatever! I can't get enough! The only bad thing about it, is it will end!! Then what?! I highly recommend this book. Absolutely fantastic!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Hartman Orlando, FL United States 01-20-08
    M. Hartman Orlando, FL United States 01-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A DEFINITE FAVORITE"

    I so enjoyed this book I quickly purchased Ken Follett's World With End. While the book is long, the details keep it interesting and make the listening time fly by. The historical details and character development make for a great learning and enjoyable experience.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-20-08
    Michelle 01-20-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent..."

    I really enjoyed very minute of the 44 hours of this audio book.

    A great story. Wonderful detail. Loved the author's forward... and of course, John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened too.

    Excellent all the way.
    Mikki

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua LAIE, HI, United States 01-20-08
    Lehua LAIE, HI, United States 01-20-08
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    "must get"

    The book is spellbinding and a must for anyone's library. The Narrator is the main reason this book is so captivating. Five stars for the Narrator who made this book come alive.

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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!

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    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 01-16-08
    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 01-16-08 Member Since 2006

    Christian Kuschel

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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.

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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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