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The Pillars of the Earth

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Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: Richard E. Grant

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2007

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sandra F.

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

  • Desire W.

    slow start but definitely one of the best books i've ever read

  • Katherine L.

    Excellent story!

  • Stephanie W.

    One of the top 5 books ever! Loved it!

  • Perry C

    An excellent historical and captivating story. The narrator was excellent in pitch and tone as he brought all the characters to life. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent book! I'm sure it tells the story of how it really was in those days. The author did an amazing job of telling a story about a belief system that he himself isn't apart of. The narrator did an great job. It's fitting to have a male voice telling this story.

  • Carol M

    Listened to the boom prior to joining so not sure if the narrator is the same. The story is interesting mix of history and fiction, adding some details about architecture and religion. Very good.

  • Amber H

    I thought his book was delightful. Filled with all the villainous and heroic characters that a great book needs. I was inthralled in parts and had a hard time putting it down. The narration was impressive. John Lee did a fine job.

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