The Pillars of the Earth (Audio CD-MP3) (Unabridged)
The Pillars of the Earth - Audio CD-MP3 - Unabridged Author:Ken Follett, George Ralph (Narrator) The "Pillars of the Earth" sweeps through four decades of 12th Century England drawing the listener into the raw, flamboyant middle ages. It is a shining saga of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. Not-so-noble knights, righteous heroes, valiant heroines and both virtuous and immoral men of God highlight this story. They ... more »manipulate, and are in turn manipulated by, the political turmoil and unrest between the reigns of Henry I and Henry II.
The listener will cheer on the fates of the virtuous and hiss at the evil-doers. A truly fascinating story that the listener will never forget.
Arguably the best work of an author known for spy thrillers, this is historical fiction at its finest. The hope and despair of several people are tightly woven with the enormous task of cathedral construction in medieval England. Narrator John Lee adds vigor to Follett's descriptions of otherwise mundane matters: the graceful arch of a gothic spire, the innovation of using a mill wheel's power to felt wool. Follett's poignant characters blossom with Lee's reading. Lee reveals level-headed Prior Phillip's rare moments of pride as the church construction flourishes, and his anguish in the face of stolen funding. Phillip's nemesis, an ambitious nobleman, is cunning, and his lack of self-confidence is clear in Lee's capable reading. After 41 hours of listening, readers will yearn for more. -- AudioFile
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Ken Follett's first attempt out of the Spy-Thriller Genre and into Historical Fiction. This book is set in the 12th century. Tom Builder desires more than anything in the world to build a great cathedral. He succeeds in finding a cathedral that needs his help and he quickly becomes the main carpenter on the team. He must deal with small town ignorance, the church, and the constant battle between the fighting monarchs of the time, Mathilda and King Steven. This is my favorite Ken Follett book of all time and one of my favorite books period. I read it twice. Once when it first was published in 1989 and once again, 18 years later when it's sequel World Without End came out. I believe these 2 books are part of a Trilogy with the next book, Fall of Giants already in print. I just haven't had time to read it yet. I'm sure it will be just as good as it's predessors.