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

    The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. 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...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Epic story to be read by all!

    I downloaded this book based on a review by another person who said something about how they couldn't believe a book about a monk trying to build a ca..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 25 2009 by Gina (Navarre, FL, USA)
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    The Pillars of the Earth: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1 | Ken Follett

    The Pillars of the Earth: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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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.

    Very very surprised

    I am usually a fan of thriller type books and have listened to authors like Charlaine Harris and Nelson Demille, who I rate very highly.... I drive ro..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 02 2011 by Alan ()
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    World Without End | Ken Follett

    World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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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.

    40 hours too short ...

    If you have read or listened to “Pillars of The Earth”, you will not be disappointed with World Without End. It is yet another masterpiece..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 03 2007 by Henrik (Herndon, VA, United States)
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    World Without End: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2 | Ken Follett

    World Without End: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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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.

    Astounding!

    If you are ready for a 40 hour plus epic that runs seemlessly through an ancient age then put this on your list. There are writers and epic writers. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 08 2011 by Brodie (Mornington, Australia)
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    A Column of Fire | Ken Follett

    A Column of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 19 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.

    Just like the first two...

    I have no idea how this ended up with such a low score here. It gets a 4.29 on Goodreads right now, and I cannot imagine the low score is John Lee's..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 15 2017 by James (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
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    A Column of Fire: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3 | Ken Follett

    A Column of Fire: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    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, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

    Long awaited and ......greatly disappointing

    Well known part of history with a few additional characters and a storyline without any real surprises or turns.

    Reviewed on October 04 2017 by Amazon Customer ()