The Kingsbridge Novels

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 745 ratings

The Pillars of the Earth 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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbinding but Unabridged?

    • By Reademandweep on 11-18-07

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • Pillars of the Earth, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • poorly abridged

    • By Michelle on 11-29-08

    Regular price: $14.91

  • Book 2

    • World Without End

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Abridged" is not a bad word

    • By P. Lafford on 10-09-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • World Without End

    • Pillars of the Earth, Book 2
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A brilliant work

    • By Colin on 11-06-07

    Regular price: $14.91

  • Book 3

    • A Column of Fire

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too Abridged

    • By Bankshot on 09-19-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Column of Fire

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Column of Fire ....

    • By Heath on 11-15-17

    Regular price: $22.71