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The Pillars of the Earth

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John Lee

40 Hours 56 Minutes

Penguin Audio

October 2007

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If you liked the Century Trilogy, you’ll love the “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece.”—Booklist, that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career. 

“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. 
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 twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.

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  • Bekah

    I don't often write reviews, and I even more rarely give 5 stars. But, in this case, it is definitely warranted. I have been thoroughly enjoying listening to this book. I am about to start the third set of CDs; my only complaint is that I wish there was no interruption between finishing one set and having to wait for the next set to arrive in the mail! Now, a warning to the faint of heart, there are some explicit and vulgar details in the book, so if you are easily offended, this may not be the right book for you. For all others, I would highly recommend you embark on this journey with the characters!

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  • Heather W.

    What an incredible story! Don't be intimidated by the number of pages/length of audiobook. You'll wish it had more once you near the end. The sequel is equally fantastic.

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  • Naomi K.

    I absolutely loved loved this book. I was a little intimidated by the number of pages but once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Our book club is meeting tonight and will interesting to hear what others thought.

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  • Anonymous

    I have truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the following book, World without End.

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  • Anonymous

    I am writing this review only because I wish someone had written a similar caution before I rented it. There are quite a few extremely explicit sexual and violent rape details in this book that causes me to shutter even as I write this. If you are at all sensitive to this kind of material, I would suggest that you NOT read this book. It is a very interesting and engrossing story line, but not worth some of the horrific visual details that come along with it.

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  • Patrick S.

    The author is pretty damn good

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  • Anonymous

    So interesting and so well narrated.

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  • Anonymous

    I can never get enough of Ken Follet‘s books. And Jon Lee as the narrator is incredible. This is my fourth Ken Follet book, and I’ve loved every single one of them. Not for the faint of heart, Follett’s stories amaze, haunt, enthrall, sadden, educate, inspire and revive the reader. Absolutely brilliant work!

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  • Anonymous

    Love this book what a beautiful story, Although it was very long it was hard to put down

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  • Sandra F.

    Best read of my life...couldn\'t put it down save a glass of water and bathroom visits.

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