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The Pillars of the Earth

The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
Lu par : John Lee
Série : The Kingsbridge Novels, Volume 1
Durée : 40 h et 55 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 notations)

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Award-winning novelist Ken Follett is at his most magnificent in Pillars of the Earth, Book One of the Trilogy series by the same name, narrated by professional voice artist John Lee. This incredible book has been voted in the top 100 of Britain’s Best Loved Books in the BBC The Big Read. The scope of detail in this audiobook is unparalleled. Its intricate plot is weaved with history, religion, politics, love and dishonour. It is an all-encompassing saga, delicately capturing the very core of existence in 12th Century England. Available now from Audible.

Description

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 classic historical masterpiece.

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.

The Pillars of the Earth is followed by World Without End and A Column of Fire.

©1989 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin US

Critiques

"Enormous and brilliant . . . this mammoth tale seems to touch all human emotion - love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. This is truly a novel to get lost in." ( Cosmopolitan)
"A historical saga of such breadth and density... Follett succeeds brilliantly in combining hugeness and detail to create a novel imbued with the rawness, violence and blind faith of the era." ( Sunday Express)

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Global

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flat and repetitiv, disapointed

Disapointed by the lack of dept to the story... The characters are predictable and the storyline is flat.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Alan
  • 02/10/2011

Very very surprised

I am usually a fan of thriller type books and have listened to authors like Charlaine Harris and Nelson Demille, who I rate very highly.... I drive roadtrains for 12 hour shifts so like going for longer type books, and saw this book was 41 hours long and had seen a good review for it...so I got it with my credit for the month since it cost a little more. I thought there was a good chance it was going to be a mistake... I mean set in the 12th century about building of a cathedral, haha, i am not religious or much of a history buff....
Well all I can say is "This is one of the best books I have listened to since joining audible.com and I have listened to heaps"... Totally engrossed in it from the first 30 pages and it never stopped..... Get it and listen to it you won't be dissapointed whether you are a harley riding dude or a chick working in a lawyers office, you won't regret it.....

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Janine
  • 02/01/2011

As good the second time around...

I read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth when it was published in 1989 - and the epic is no less engaging the second time around. Follett has woven in all the elements of a top notch tale - good, evil, justice, injustice, ambition, greed, redemption... The addition of Follett's preface adds insights into the creation of the novel and his transition from thrillers to the much more complex structure and story of Pillars.

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  • Hilary
  • 10/01/2012

A time when "God and his saints slept........"

In " The Pillars of the Earth", as shown through the lives of widely differing characters, Ken Follett has painted an outstanding picture of the appalling chaos, poverty and starvation prevalent in England during the nine years when Stephen and Matilda were rampaging around the country fighting for the crown.

The general breakdown of any justice or law and the perpetual uncertainty and brutality of life is very clearly shown. Those in authority changed so often that the general populace had no idea who would be their next harsh and demanding masters. The devious political intrigues between and within both church and state, fuelled by greed, spite and lust for power are well portrayed. Be prepared for many graphic descriptions of extreme and cruel violence. It is certainly typical of the times but you can skip in a book, harder with an ipod!

Woven into the tale and central to the theme are clear, understandable explanations and descriptions of the actual planning, building and methods used in 12th century England to build a cathedral. Such majestic and spectacular results were achieved with rudimentary methods and simple tools we can only be awed and the trials and triumphs of the Kingsbridge builders felt personal.

Recommended as an amazing book with so much of various interest and narrated superbly by John Lee.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jacobus
  • 13/11/2010

At lomg last... the unabridged version

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a book on intrigue, romance, strife and the building of a cathedral. Like War and Peace and some of the older classics you are confronted with more of the characters' lives than usual. However, you are not wondering about the main characters.

Although a long listen, this book is worth it. The narrator, John Lee, was able to bring this monumental work of Follett sufficiently to life. He pulled you through the one or two places of boredom.

For those who have or are watching the television series, the book and the series differs substantially. This leaves certain things unpredictable.

The book comes highly recommended.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheryl
  • 15/07/2011

Wonderful Narration

A rich absorbing book with a spellbinding narration. I loved the change of pace and subtlety of the narrator.
Another Ken Follett masterpiece!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sonja
  • 01/12/2010

An epic tale!

I am a huge fan of Ken Follett so am somewhat biased, however on this occasion I think he deserves all the praise he gets. It is a long book with many characters in whose lives you become immersed. I never got bored or wished away a single word or sentence. The narration was excellent. It is an epic story and worth more than 1 credit!

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  • Miss Annie Jones
  • 07/04/2012

Modern tripe

What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

The predictable one-dimensional characters, the predictable and unneccessary laciviousness, the lack of authenticity and the predictability.

What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, except his Welsh accent was all wrong (I'm from North Wales, we don't speak like extras from Gavin and Stacey, we don't call our fathers 'Da' - hate it when the whole of Wales is charicatured as South Wales - we're far more lyrical up here - Bryn Terfel, Rhys Ifans - listen to their accents).

What character would you cut from The Pillars of the Earth?

All but Aliona and Tom Builder.

Any additional comments?

I was so looking forward to listening to this, I love historical fiction, but there was nothing here which immersed me in the past, it was a modern story coincidentally set in 10th Century, with modern language, modern characters and modern sensibilities. It was beyond bad, really. I stuck with it until about three-quarters of the way through (admittedly, I increased the speed on my iPod to get through it more quickly) but the nastiness of the characters, the predictable way they acted, the vicarious pleasure Mr Follet seemed to take in the depravity shown towards women, it angered me and made my skin crawl. I abandoned the listen without regret.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09/10/2016

Where you all listening to the same book as me?

I really don't understand the positive reviews of this book. It's truly one of the worst books I've listened to.

The characters are either stamped good guys or bad guys. And don't expect any surprises or plot twists because the author tells you exactly what his characters are going to do before they do it.

The author takes a lot of pleasure in really making sure you understand his main bad guy is bad. Hence lots of rape scenes that are really unnecessary. Also some terribly written sex scenes between 'good' characters that go on for way too long and just become awkward to the point of nausea.

This book is so long. And not in a good way. And it has more endings than the lord of the rings. Just when you think the book should finish.. Nope 10 more hours to go! It also doesn't build pace, it just peters out and you're left thinking 'I went through all that for nothing??!'

Also, although I love medieval history - which is why I wanted to read the book - it feels like the author what's to lecture you half the time on medieval life. So as interesting as medieval monastery and town planning is, along with crop rotation, stone carving techniques, felting, baking.. Etc etc etc it really really slows down the story to the point of boredom.

I want 40 hours of my life back..

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Toni
  • 31/07/2013

Engrossing

What did you like about this audiobook?

The listener becomes completely immersed in this world of cathedrals and their building, life challenges, politics and love.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The way in which historical information and the storyline were woven together.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing. John Lee is fabulous.

Do you have any additional comments?

This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Paul
  • 21/09/2011

Sensational

I read the physical copy of World without End first sometime ago .... this was even better - SENSATIONAL .... I'm even shouting at the kids in a Welsh accent ;-)

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lena
  • 16/01/2013

Spannender, toller Klassiker grandios gelesen!

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich Ken Follet vorher nie gelesen habe. Gleich einen solchen Schinken zum "Kennenlernen" zu lesen, hätte ich vielleicht nicht die nötige Geduld für gehabt. Daher dachte ich, mit einem Hörbuch von ihm kann man es ja mal versuchen.

Zudem war ich bisher auch nie ein großer Fan von historischen Romanen.
Dieses Buch hat mich in beiden Angelegenheiten eines Besseren belehrt. Der Roman ist von der ersten Minute an unglaublich mitreißend. Man wird fast etwas melancholosch, wenn das Buch sich zum Ende neigt, nachdem man fast die Ganzen Lebensgeschichten dieser vielen Charaktäre in dem Buch verfolgt hat.

Ken Follet hat meiner Meinung nach eine schöne, elegante, einfache Schreibweise ohne zu viel Schnickschnack. Man muss also auch kein Englisch-Muttersprachler oder -Genie sein, um der Geschichte gut folgen zu können.
Bei den bildlichen Beschreibungen der Sakralbauten geht wohl fast jedem Architekt das Herz auf...

Betonen muss ich dabei auch ganz besonders den Leser John Lee. Einen besseren hätten sie hierfür nicht finden können! Er hat eine tolle angenehme Stimme und liest von Anfang bis Ende mit voller Hingabe. Ich denke, seine Leistung trägt keinen geringen Teil dazu bei, dass man dieses Buch verschlingen muss!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jonas Lache
  • 09/01/2018

Ich bin begeistert!

Ein mitreißender historischer Roman in die Welt des frühen Mittelalters. Das Englisch ist dank einer einfachen Klarheit gut zu verstehen weshalb ich dieses Hörbuch im Original bur empfehlen kann. Die 40 Stunden gehen schneller als erwartet vorüber!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 01/05/2017

sehr spannend

sehr spannendes und vor allem auch interessantes Buch mit geschichtliche m Tiefgang. Das Englisch ist nicht sehr schwierig sodass es auch zur Verbesserung des Englisch gut ist.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jens Bayer
  • 26/04/2015

Absolutely spellbinding book

What a great story about the lifes of people in the Middle Ages, some of them good, some of them evil. This is a highly entertaining book which is hard to put down ....

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Yare
  • 11/04/2019

Great story which is masterfully narrated.

It may start off a tad slow but it gets built very well. Like a cathedral

  • Global
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/02/2019

Epic, great read.

Ken Follet builds a massive story, extremely consistent and impressively well constructed. Extent of details, insight and knowledge put into the story is overwhelming.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • ambiente69
  • 31/12/2018

Interessaüntes Buch mit historischem Hintergrund.

Schwacher Beginn aber starke Steigerung.
England im 11. Jahrhundert und Familienschicksale mitfühlend beschrieben.
Für jeden der die Geduld für 5 Teile hat, sehr empfehlenswert.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • SB
  • 11/10/2018

just a classic

Pillars of the earth is such an interestingly written novel about a subject that I was never really interested in. Carries over the passion about cathedrals tho.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jens Wachter
  • 18/09/2018

Sprecher macht aus guter Geschichte ein Erlebnis

Eine gute Geschichte wird mit den Fähigkeiten des Sprechers erlebbar und das deutliche Englisch hilft auch Non-Natives beim Verstehen. Empfehlenswert!

  • Global
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 13/07/2018

One of the best books I've ever read. Brilliant.

Sprecher war exzellent. Wirklich top! Er gibt die Spannung perfekt durch seine Stimme an. Danke Audible!