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Subject: Pillars of the Earth
Date Posted: 12/25/2007 4:57 PM ET
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This isn't a hidden gem but it is one book that I missed in the 80's or when ever it came out.  I worked in a bookstore for years and recommended it to many people..but never read it myself. I'm not much for historical books but I am listening to the audio of this book and it is fabulous.  It's really long ( 32 cd's or so) and I have his follow up book sitting on my mp3 player..waiting to listen to but I wanted to listen to Pillars first.  Great book if you haven't heard of it.



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Date Posted: 12/25/2007 6:58 PM ET
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I loved it too!  I took it to Jamaica and read it on the beach.  Fond memories!

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 8:01 PM ET
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I listened to it this summer. I got it as part of an audiobook lot from Ebay. It was snatched up pretty quickly when I posted it on PBS.  I think the sequel came out recently.  It was 19 cassettes.  Not light listening either. 

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:34 AM ET
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I have the CD's on my Wishlist - Auto request. Please think of me when you're done. I'm ranked #1 on the waiting list.

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 8:04 AM ET
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Sorry..I can't post mine but I hope someone else does for you..I looked at mine......the unabridged is 32 cd's.  The reader is great and worth the time it takes to listen to that many cd's.  I do remember how thick the book is...



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Date Posted: 12/26/2007 8:48 AM ET
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How do you know you are ranked # 1 on the waiting list ?

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 8:53 AM ET
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If you go to your wish list..there is a small question mark and if you put your mouse over it..it will tell you what number you are in the line.  The ? is after the date you requested it..do you see it??



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Date Posted: 12/27/2007 1:23 AM ET
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I just got this in the mail this week.  It's on the top of Mount TBR, I should get to it soon.  :-)

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 4:38 PM ET
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I've had this sitting in my tbr for almost a year.  Glad I got it before Oprah pimped it!  There sure wasn't a wl when I ordered it.

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 4:43 PM ET
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I read this book when it first came out and it is one of my all time favorite books.  You never really think about the little people that make great things happen.  Right now, I'm reading World Without End.  So far, so good, however with a book of around 1,000 pages, it takes a while to get to the real action.

 

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 5:41 PM ET
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Great book! I listened to it driving from Alabama to NY State back in 1991 on tape! It filled up a mostly boring drive with an excellent story. Since then, I 've wanted to actually buy and read it, but it's a thick book. The 20th Anniversary Edition is what is actually out right now....

Subject: Pillars of the Earth...followup?
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I didn't know there was a follow-up to Pillars of the Earth.  Could you share the title, please?

Thanks...

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:08 PM ET
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It is World Without End.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 8:29 PM ET
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The reader is great on the audio..but I had to fast forward through some graphic parts..in a book you can skip some pages but it is harder on cd's. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I'm ready to start World Without End..it is 36 CD's...wow..that's one long book...I loved Pillars..so I hope this is as good. 

Subject: PIllars
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I was surprised to find I really loved this book.  I like historical fiction but would not have considered Ken Follett if Oprah had not suggested the book. 

Although, it's over 900 pages, it is very easy to read.

If you have not read it, give it a try.

 

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 2:15 AM ET
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I thought it was a 'hidden gem' after I read it; until I found out Opera's added it to her book club or something.

Anyway, it was awsome. I have the sequel and should read it soon!

Subject: A b'day gift I recieved
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 5:14 PM ET
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A girlfriend loved this book, and gave it to me for my Birthday a few years ago. I LOVE good historical fiction, and this is a really, really engrossing read. I love having a very long, good book to curl up with, this was no exception. I only have one complaint though. I didn't like the harsh language that was used in a sexual context. I was puzzled by the authors choice of words. It was distracting to me, I wasn't crazy about that. I'm not a prude, and I read voraciously...but for some reason, in this book I found this jarring and ot of place.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 9:15 PM ET
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Yea, I didn't care for the words Follett used during the rape scene.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:47 PM ET
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The graphic scenes are why I can't give my Pillars audio to my dad..he is 83 and those parts would bother him.  I wanted the book to go on forever and forever but graphic sex scenes always gross me out and that's why I don't  read many of the romantic suspense writers.  This is the first historical fiction book I have read in years and it was really interesting..

Date Posted: 1/27/2008 6:04 PM ET
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I read this book in college (early '90s) and have considered it my favorite book ever since.  I've talked everyone in my life who would listen to me into reading it, and did a paper on it for a European history class I took for fun a couple years ago.  Needless to say, I bought WWO the day it came out and was very happy that it wasn't a letdown. 

When I wrote the paper on POTE (the assignment was to analyze a work of historical fiction for accuracy), I emailed Ken Follett with a couple of questions, and was thrilled to get a response a few days later with his answers.   Very cool of him!

If you're interested in other Follett works, I recommend The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg and A Dangerous Fortune. 



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