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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (225,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: Richard E. Grant Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pillars of the Earth Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429586764
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chefalan30 | 2/19/2014

    " One of the greatest sagas I've read, fantastic and captivating characters !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 2/15/2014

    " This book is a wade, but a wonderful wade if you enjoy English History. Revolving around the building of a cathedral, it vividly portrays what life was like in the days of King Stephen. I must warn the potential reader, there is much brutality here, but it is counterbalanced by people for whom love is a vocation. It is a world very different from out own, where success has a very different meaning, but family, is still family. Within this book, I have met people whom I shall never forget. That is the true sign of great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zarus Cobb | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderfully book, read it in two days. That was a great two days... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos | 2/4/2014

    " A bit longer than I would like, I enjoyed most of it but the narrative provides little surprises and impact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Johnson | 2/4/2014

    " Really enjoyed the book!! The tv series, not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 2/3/2014

    " Not as good as Rutherford's historic novels, but definitely a good read. And better than vol. #2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mervyn Cartwright | 1/31/2014

    " Gritty realism it all seems so unfair! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Baker | 1/24/2014

    " This was a re-read as I was given World Without End and wanted to ensure that I wasn't missing anything. I enjoy Ken Follett although find his writing repetitive at times - likely wants to make certain that we remember the plot line as convoluted as it can be! Thoroughly enjoyed the concept of building the cathedral as the central focus for a historical rendition of life in the 1100's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Papas | 1/20/2014

    " Love this book, could not put it down either. Long, but great to read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lissettegomezarevalo | 1/13/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonnie | 1/10/2014

    " I am not into history but I was into this book from the beginning until the end! It's big but fast paced and pretty easy to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Kruse | 12/28/2013

    " Wonderful history lesson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loen | 12/26/2013

    " The plot was overly thickened. Probably only finished it because it was yom tov. But it was fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/4/2013

    " Long story but very well written with a lot of story coming together in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Matthews | 11/13/2013

    " A most excellent, albeit long, read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Finbarr Carroll | 6/30/2013

    " Old style story with stock characters and plot. Not my style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/20/2013

    " A great historical fiction story of the medieval times of church and the kingdoms. I enjoyed the building of the story's characters throughout the story. The reading is better than the mini series . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/4/2013

    " I loved the sort and characters. Some parts were very intense and a few were quite vile. Very well written and readable. Some guy in the used book store recommended it. Thanks for speaking up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/6/2013

    " How to build a cathedral in 4 million gruelling steps. I don't understand readers' fascination with this novel. It's overdone and overlong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria Woodward | 12/31/2012

    " I am reading this at a leisurely pace, but while not grabbed hard, find it enjoyable and interesting. Actually the last couple hundred pages pulled all the plots together and it was hard to put down then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia Hogeland | 8/30/2012

    " I story is wonderful and the characters are all interesting through all their goodness and faults. Terrific book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 5/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, except for a few minor things. I don't want to ruin anything for others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Godwin espinosa | 2/11/2012

    " Love this book. Because of my busy life, I am usually the type of person to read a chapter or two before bed, but this book took over my life. I know it is long, but I kept hoping it would not end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/30/2011

    " A fabulous read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Destiney Linker | 12/6/2011

    " Who would have thought I would have enjoyed a book about building a church so much? My only problem was there weren't many dynamic characters. Most of the characters you could either classify as "good" or "bad" (or downright evil in one character's case). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/19/2011

    " Liked the story of the people...got bored with the descriptions of the land and the building...overall good book, just took some time to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 9/21/2011

    " Finished the audiobook today. My expectations were too high for this book. And I wanted a bit more about the 3 conspirators introduced at the start and how their lives go throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 5/24/2011

    " Yahoo, finished all 41 hours. Loved the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/24/2011

    " As of this writing (5/24/11), this is my all time favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/23/2011

    " LOVED this book. I really enjoyed watching the HBO series too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 5/23/2011

    " Excellent book. I really liked the descriptions of how the cathedrals were built. Also, I knew virtually nothing about monasteries in general before reading this book, so it was interesting to learn some about that - and not in a boring way. It's a long book, but a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. It is a super long read, but one I could not put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 5/22/2011

    " A book with a little of everything. I loved it!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbergamin | 5/22/2011

    " I found this book hard to put down and read it while on 3 weeks vacation in Scotland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " As a historical fiction novel, this book caught me by complete surprise. It was a gripping page-turner through and through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/20/2011

    " I LOVED this book - the details are incredible, I became temporarily obsessed with life in the 1200's, and there's just enough trashiness to keep it interesting. The series is on Netflix and differs a little from the book but was still really great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 5/20/2011

    " I'm torn about this book. On one side it was very interesting, well written and really helped you to get into the characters. But at the same time it was way to long and slightly repetitive. I say if you have the time go for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sora | 5/20/2011

    " One of the most well put together stories with exciting, intertwining story lines and characters I've read in a very long time. Probably will be one of my most favorites of all times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/20/2011

    " This book came highly recommended, and it proved ultimately disappointing. Not a terrible read, but I couldn't bring myself to read the sequel (another 1,000 pages!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 5/19/2011

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    I must have read this ten or more years ago. I passed the book on, even forgot the title, but the story of the master builder and his cathedral set centuries ago haunted me. I recently rediscovered the book and its on my 'to be re-read' list. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Follett

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World without End, a national and international bestseller. His magnificent historical epic, the Century trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants.

About the Narrator

Richard E. Grant is a British Swazi actor, screenwriter, and director. A prominent figure on television and film since the 1980s, he achieved international recognition as John Seward in the 1992 blockbuster film Dracula.