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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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    Lily St. Augustine, FL, USA 06-25-08
    Lily St. Augustine, FL, USA 06-25-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Best spent credit yet..."

    I tend to choose my books based on length, and this is my longest one to date AND very absorbing! I looked forward to walking the dogs, cleaning the kitchen, folding the laundry, driving to work, so I could get on with it! It definitely gave me the most bang for the buck yet. I love characters more than stories - and this book had well-developed characters to care about and despise. I agree with some reviewers that the sex is more graphic than necessary. I just hope Mr. Follett didn't go the way of some authors and fill up the sequel with even more sex and violence...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca largo, FL, United States 09-05-13
    rebecca largo, FL, United States 09-05-13
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    "To long."
    What did you like best about The Pillars of the Earth? What did you like least?

    The story could have been better had it been compressed down. Book was way to long and not enough excitement to hold my interest.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diemut McLean, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Diemut McLean, VA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "One disaster after another. Ugh!"
    What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

    The characters are so black and white. Everyone is either good or bad! They had no depth. <br/>Everyday life in the eleventh century, according to this book, was full of trauma. It went on and on about one bad incident after another. It became tiring, because the reader could predict the outcome of each incident. <br/>I always finish a book that I start. This one became very tedious, but I got though it. I will not read the sequel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something different .


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pillars of the Earth?

    This book was so long, I suppose the author thought several sex/rape scenes were necessary for the reader to reman interested. Explicit, repetitive ones were unnecessary.<br/>A few other disasters could have been eliminated, also. There were so many disasters during these times that they over shadow anything good ever happening to the characters. <br/>


    Any additional comments?

    The book gives the reader a feel for the life of the clergy, the peasants, and the nobility during the eleventh century.<br/>The details of the building of the cathedrals, and the corruption of so many church officials were interesting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 08-14-09
    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 08-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Probably better to read, easier skim the filler"

    There was a lot of extras in here that should have landed on the cutting room floor to borrow from the film medium.
    It was good when it was good and then there were stretches of filler that are harder to skip in audio than in paper form.
    John Lee did a nice job narrating - I'll look for other books he has done before I look at another Follett book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ELLEN CLEARY HUNTINGTON, NY United States 07-03-09
    ELLEN CLEARY HUNTINGTON, NY United States 07-03-09 Listener Since 2002
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    "How sad I am finished!"

    As I finish the last section, I am in complete panic as to what to read next. I have never enjoyed a book to the extent of this one. Absolutely wonderful!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Nampa, ID, USA 05-11-09
    Katherine Nampa, ID, USA 05-11-09
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    "Best book I've devoured in years"

    Great story, masterfully written, wonderful characters, excellent narrator--what more could you ask?? I didn't read it...er, listen to it... I devoured it. I felt a bit lost when I finished it, like all my imaginary friends had moved away to another city and gone about their lives without me. To me, that's the real mark of epic storytelling. Well done, Mr. Follett!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 02-02-09
    Dianne 02-02-09
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    "Outstanding!"

    This was one of the most enjoyable reads I've ever experienced, the author added so much to the book with his accent and manner. I was sorry to see it end!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rae 11-07-08
    Rae 11-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous!!!"

    This book is fabulous. The character development and story line captured my interest from the beginning and held throughout this book. Follett is gifted and creating vivid images of a time long past, and narrator adds significantly to the story. Highly recommend this book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Charles Weatherford, OK 11-05-08
    Michele Charles Weatherford, OK 11-05-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Outstanding"

    I didn't understand what all the hub bub about this book was until I listened to it on the recommendation of a friend.

    I couldn't stop listening to it. It is a fantastic book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08
    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A masterpiece"

    Worth every single minute of the long listen. The book is fabulous and the narrator is equally fabulous. A must to add to your library!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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