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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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    Tim 10-06-08
    Tim 10-06-08
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    "Great Story teller, lousy theology"

    Marvelous story but don't read this if you want to know anything about the motivations and methods of cathedral building.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA 08-10-08
    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA 08-10-08 Member Since 2015

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    "The Pillars of the Earth"

    Excellent book. The characters were highly developed and the tight story kept my attention throughout the looooong book. I also learned a lot about cathedral architecture in the 1100's, with good and evil dueling in the background. I am looking forward to reading the author's follow-up book,World Without End.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Laguna Beach, CA, USA 08-04-08
    Michael Laguna Beach, CA, USA 08-04-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Praise for Pillars"

    A wonderfully woven story set in 12th century England. Unexpectedly engaging. Good narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-06-08
    Jean Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-06-08
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    "JT"

    This novel takes us back to a time when time was timeless and The Church affected and effected everyone's lives. The absolute authority of the clergy and the land lords is made real in this novel. 21st Century life looks great compared to life in the "dark ages".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oscar 05-05-08
    Oscar 05-05-08
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    "Best Book Ever"

    Absolutely the best book I have read!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Sequim, WA, USA 04-30-08
    Bill Sequim, WA, USA 04-30-08
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    "Entrancing"

    Once you're into the plot, you don't want out. The only nice thing about finishing this is that you can look forward to the sequel World without End.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 04-24-08
    Chris 04-24-08 Member Since 2015
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    "I miss this book"

    It's now been two days since the story ended. I have a real sense of loss that the characters from this story are gone.

    The characters in this story are expertly crafted, intelligent, beautiful and interesting. I loved some, hated others ... the ups and downs in this story stirred significant emotion.

    I found there to be surprisingly little time spent on cathedral building given many of the other reviews here. The balance of story and structural discussion was masterfully crafted. The descriptions of the buildings in the story made me want to research structures from that time and put reality to the imagination.

    As you can tell, I loved this story. I'm downloading the sequal right now and looking forward to another journey through Kingsbridge.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dervish 04-19-08
    dervish 04-19-08
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    "Excellent!!"

    I could not stop listening to this book! I listened to it in record time because I could not wait to find out what happened next. It was very well written and very well narrated. Although I think that it probably appeals more to women than men, I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to read the follow on book. The only thing that I disliked in the book is that it is a little too graphic at times in its language and in its description of sex and violence.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Spring, TX, USA 04-18-08
    John Spring, TX, USA 04-18-08
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    ""The Pillars of the Earth""

    I read The Pillars of the Earth when it was first published, and although I don't usually listen to something that I have already read, I'm glad I did. John Lee does an excellent job of making the characters come alive. At times you think there must be multiple actors reading the parts. If you like period novels, you will love this book by Ken Follett. When you finish it you will want to download Follett's follow up, World Without End. I highly recommend both of them.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 03-26-08
    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 03-26-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good story"

    Pros: good story, good narrator
    Cons: Sex/Rape scenes too graphic, written with modern prose which makes me wonder about the book's historical accuracy (though I know of no examples of inaccuracy)

    Very good book overall and I recommend it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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