The Pillars of the Earth, CD-Audio Book
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Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral.

Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict and unswerving ambition.

From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, the dreams, labours and loves of his characters come vividly to life.

The Pillars of the Earth is, without doubt, a masterpiece - and has proved to be one of the most popular books of our time. '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 highly enjoyable tale . . . this book evokes its period brilliantly' Sunday Times


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An envolving book that takes you back to the dark days when life was cheap if you were a common person, and even the Lords could at the hands of the church.

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The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, is a work of fiction that takes place in England in the 12th century. Much of the story centers on the town of Kingsbridge, where a cathedral is being built. The characters are the builders, the merchants, the priests, etc. We follow their lives through about 40 years.<br/>I’m sure it took Mr. Follett a long time to create this much text, but I for one would still have enjoyed it with less. Unfortunately, about 80% of the way through the story I couldn’t wait for it to be over! Take out the lopsided focus on the appearance of women’s bodies, take out some of the details on how to build things, take out some (but not all) of the sex. A little trimming and it would be perfect!<br/>On the other hand, rarely have I come across a writer who has made me really care about a character (in this case, Tom the Builder), or hate a character more than I hated William, a sadistic rapist and murderer!<br/>The conveyance of the atmosphere of the times in which the story takes place, without going over the top, is also much appreciated.

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