The Kingsbridge Novels
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  • 1
    The Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follett

    The Pillars of the Earth

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    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.

    Spellbinding but Unabridged?

    First, the narrator Richard E. Grant is about as good as they get. For me that's a determining factor in purchasing a printed copy or audiobook. Pilla..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 18 2007 by Reademandweep (LaLaLand)
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    The Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follett

    The Pillars of the Earth

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

    poorly abridged

    No doubt a good book but spoiled by being poorly abridged - and of course no unabridged version available in my geographical location!

    Reviewed on November 29 2008 by Michelle ()
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    World Without End | Ken Follett

    World Without End

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    excellent

    Very different from Ken Follet's previous books-it is a wonderful read. He develops the characters well and keeps you interested until the end-and yo..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 03 2008 by Claudia G. Pierce (Palm Coast FL USA)
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    World Without End | Ken Follett

    World Without End

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman.

    A brilliant work

    Ken Follett’s earlier book “The Pillars of the Earth” has long been my favourite book of all time. This book takes us back to Kingsb..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 06 2007 by Colin (GreensideSouth Africa)
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    A Column of Fire | Ken Follett

    A Column of Fire

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

    not as good as others

    I did not like the way it would switch characters and storylines immediately after each other.

    Reviewed on October 15 2017 by chrissy ()
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    A Column of Fire | Ken Follett

    A Column of Fire

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    The saga that has enthralled the millions of fans of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire. Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love

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