This book is an incredible read. There is so much history and learning. It takes you through so many emotions. It spans through 40-50 years approx. The story is amazing and Follett does an excellent job of grabbing you and wrapping you up in the characters. Totally shocking at times. This has been my second favorite book to date. This is one I want for my library. I have watched the mini-series. It was done very well and the only book to movie I have felt they did justice to( Mind you I didn't get to see series until a year after reading book). The mini-series should be rated X instead of R.
LOVED this book - actually listened to audio version. Detailed story of learning how to build cathedral in medieval England.
A massive work. Well worth the time spent.
I love this story...it's a great historical fiction account of the building of a cathedral with great human stories weaved throughout. The author spans about 40 years and I appreciate following the characters's lives to experience their ups, downs, successess, tragedies and much more. Wonderful book and I'm looking forward to reading another Ken Follett book.
I have read thousands and this ranks as one of the very best ever; Loved it,loved it!!
Extraordinary amazing. I couldn't stop reading it.
AWESOME! What a great book for people who are interested in the architecture of a cathedral with murder, pillaging, cunning, romance and the politics of the church and country in 1400's England. I know 970+ pages sounds huge, but I had a difficult time putting it down once I started!
a masterpiece. set in the 12th century, druids, monks, worth reading a book. I loved it
This was the best Ken Follett I had read up to this point. I LOVE history. And this is the first time that Follett has ventured out of the spy-thriller genre and tried his hand out on historical fiction. It is wonderful! It's actually one of the best books I've ever read and I read it twice. The second time was when the sequel to this book, World Without End came out 18 years later. I read them back to back. Wonderful, outstanding books.
The Pillars of the Earth is such a wonderful story. This audio CD version has a great narrator (I love Richard E. Grant!) who gives all the characters life. I have not read the full-length version, but I did not feel that I was missing anything by listening to this abridged version.
A vast and sweeping epic novel that doesn't give you a second of down-time. Ken Follett has turned out a masterpiece that will keep you spellbound to the last page. A unique and fascinating insight into the world of the builders of cathedrals as well as the powers behind them.
Listed as one of the top 1,000 books of all time and for a reason.
Read it several years ago, and read it again after receiving it as a Christmas gift. Couldn't put it down either time.