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The Pillars Of The Earth [MP3 CD]

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  • MP3 CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593353863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593353865
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,977,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allow time! 9 July 2006
Format:Paperback
In line with other reviewers I agree that this novel is without doubt one of the finest novels that I have read. It is a must read... but I must give a warning! Make sure that when you pick this book up to read, you cancel all appointments and commitments for a couple of days. Lock the doors, take the phone off the hook, turn off the radio, pour yourself a glass of wine and immerse yourself into a story that has just about everything you could want from a novel. The book becomes so completely engaging that time almost becomes irrelevant. You have been warned!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!! 27 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is more a review on Ken Follett than Pillars of the earth, but I think Pillars is the best book he has written. I couldn't put it down. I love reading and I like a cracking good adventure, a really good yarn, and the only author who I thought could really come up with the goods was Wilbur Smith.
Then I read a couple of Ken Follett's, and was instantly hooked.
I think he is really versatile. he can write an adventure set around the time of the Jacobite rebellion (A Place called freedom), set in the 18th century - and write another book on a completely different subject, set 600 years earlier. But he really has done his homework and takes you into the sights, sounds and smells of the period in his books. He has the ability to describe a passionate bedroom scene, and then describe the gory details of a battle, that make you think you are actually there. Amazing!! I thought only Wilbur Smith could do that.
If you enjoy a book with battles, fights, loads of sex, passion, intrigue, treachery, the full monty, look no further than Ken Follett
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301 of 320 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it loved it loved it 31 July 2006
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
I dont care what the rest of you think, but I loved this book. I am a hardcore fantasy reader and was really loath to start this 1076 page monster. But a 2 week holiday with the kids loomed ever near, and I decided that this was the perfect thing to while away those long evenings.

We went camping in Southern France, it was hot, the van was cramped and we had no food as we were miles from a shop. Every time I felt sorry for myself I started reading about 12th century life and thanked my lucky stars, looked around and felt gratefull that raping and pillaging were no longer a problem and my only real worry was getting 5 kids ready for bed in less than 2 hours!

If you love medieval history, romance, factual events and treachery all woven together with fantastic characterisation, great descriptions and dialogue then this is the book for you. It depicts the life and times of the dark ages in a very real way, nothing is romanticised. The rawness of the descriptions was a refreshing change and I feel I could build a cathedral from scratch thanks to Follets excellent descriptions. (which are not boring but facinating)

It describes the lives of the aristocracy, peasants, royalty and follows the individual lives of about 5 various people including a monk Father Philip (for 63 years of his life_)and about some other very different characters who's lives and destiny's are all irrivocabley interwoven.

The opening paragraph describes a hanging in the most brutal way, and the descriptions of the behaviour and attitude of the observers just had me gripped from the begining.

I was so impressed that the minute I got home I was on the net trying to verify some of the facts therin. And sure enough it was all there. Follett has taken key moments in medieval british history and woven around it 3 dimensional characters which just bring it all to life.

I'm now off to buy some more from this time period!
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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
From the outset, Pillars of the Earth gripped me. My imagination was captured by the day to day lives of some of the most real characters I have met between the pages of a novel. Each character evokes a response: compassion, respect, revulsion or even lust. The story spans many years, yet gives remarkable detail concerning the changing politics, lifestyle and even architectural and building practices of the day. I was given the book by a friend several years ago, and have given copies as gifts several times. My own copy is so battered from being read, reread, lent and returned that I'm now needing a replacement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book from Follett 3 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
Pillars of the Earth looks like a very daunting prospect when you first come across it, over a thousand pages long and with the central theme about the building of a cathedral (something I was not particularly interested in). However despite that, Follett manages to produce a truly gripping read. The book is full of action, heroic charcters and horrendously evil villians. Set in the middle ages, during the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud. The novel follows several seemingly unrelated characters, whose paths cross and become fascinatingly entwined.

This is the first book by Ken Follett that I have read, but after this I am definitely going to read another. Thoroughly enjoyable, although you do feel like the book will go on forever when you begin. This book is highly recommended to fans of any historical fiction, you will not be dissapointed.

Great book, well worth reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to fill your dreams.. well it did mine!! 10 Dec 2007
By J. Hill
Format:Paperback
This book totally absorbed me.. kept me up too late.. and very nearly made me late for work as I was so absorbed in it in my lunchhour I didn't notice the time! It also filled my dreams with strange and wonderful scenes of medieval monasteries, castles and kings! Excellent history, rich world detail and great characters who grow and develop through time and experience. Even the once or twice when things turned out right "miraculously in the nick of time" were more than balanced by the times when the worst DID happen. It truly does make you grateful for a warm home and plenty to eat and a reasonable expectation of not being hacked to death in an unexpected raid from a neighbouring Earl too!!

Give it a read... and yes.. don't let that first hanging scene put you off.. it gets better from there on in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating!
While this short could have been slightly shorter, I'm pleased it wasn't! It absolutely grabbed me from the start and I read it very quickly. I strongly recommend it
Published 18 hours ago by Mr. M. Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A real page turner and a great story with the main protagonists really seeming very realistic.
Published 2 days ago by Diley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book even though it does go on a ...
Enjoyed this book even though it does go on a bit. Not a light read at all. Would read the follow up at some stage but not straight after I finished this one.
Published 2 days ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars have read quite a bit of it and have loved it so far
have read quite a bit of it and have loved it so far, but its going to take me a long time to finish it. find it very heavy to hold in bed.
Published 6 days ago by janet1945
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear, loathing and triumph in Medieval times
This book was recommended to me, and I would recommend it to others (with a caveat or two). The first bit is tremendous - showing the precariousness of medieval life. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Neasa MacErlean
5.0 out of 5 stars but I loved this. A really engaging read
Hadn't read Ken Follett before, but I loved this. A really engaging read.
Published 9 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful read, as nearly all this author's books have ...
This is a wonderful read, as nearly all this author's books have been for me. Ken Follett researches his subject to great depth and writes beautifully. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. D. L. Dorward
5.0 out of 5 stars ... you don't read anything else read this - its amazing. I took it on...
if you don't read anything else read this - its amazing. I took it on holiday and my head was in the book the whole time !!!
Published 21 days ago by Kay at 3HBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Great follow up book.
Published 23 days ago by Mr Jude Figueira
1.0 out of 5 stars good if you want to build a. Cathedral the old way
Far too long. Boring. Repetitive. Badly written. Would never recommend it. Would never read any more of his books. Poor.
Published 24 days ago by G M Saunders
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