Pillars of the Earth byKen Follett

816 pages - Start reading early From Publishers Weekly Tom Builder's dream is to build a cathedral, but in the meantime, he must scrounge about to find a lord that will hire him. His search pulls him and his family into the politics of 12th-century England, as different lords vie to gain control of the throne in the wake of the recently deceased king. Prior Phillip, a man raised in the monastery since childhood, also finds himself drafted into the brewing storm as he must protect the interests of a declining church. Richard E. Grant seduces readers early on with a soft and deliberate voice that is like a loud whisper. However, his full range quickly reveals itself as he delves into characters with animated voices that exert their true essence. Even throughout the narrative, Grant musters a lively voice that imbues energy into the story. The only shortcoming is that the abridgment of Follett's 1989 novel proves to be too choppy. Though the story appears complete, there still remain abrupt moments throughout the tale. Penguin Audio's unabridged version is read by John Lee and runs 41 hours. (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Jill D.

    excellent read! a real page turner..I was sad when it ended.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved this book!!! It was interesting from the very start and just pulled you in and your really couldn't wait till you got the whole story! It was a little wordy, but well worth the extra words. Wonderful book suggestion and wonderful meeting!

    June 29, 2012

  • Liz & D.

    This is a really good book! I was so excited when I read the part about the battle at Lincoln. Take a look at my profile pic - I'm standing on the wall of the Lincoln castle, and that's the Lincoln cathedral behind me! See you guys in a couple of weeks!

    1 · June 15, 2012

  • Deena E.

    I just finished reading. I was intimidated by the length of the book but found I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed it. Now I want to get the DVD of the miniseries and watch it

    June 3, 2012

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