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The Pillars of the Earth

Auteur(s): Ken Follett
Narrateur(s): John Lee
Série: The Kingsbridge Novels, Livre 1
Durée: 40 h et 55 min
Catégories: Littérature, Historique
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Description

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.

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England, this is Ken Follett's historical masterpiece.

©1989 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Follett is a master." ( The Washington Post)
"A historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere and detail and memorable characterization." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Fascinating

Fully enjoyed this book. I have a long commute and I fall asleep listening to books and couldn’t wait to do both, which is a testament to how good the book is if I can look forward to commuting! Love the history and drama. Well worth reading!

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Excellent!

Wonderful historical novel. Terrific story, interesting characters, great narration.

I had read the book several years ago and listening to the audiobook reminded me of that enjoyable experience. Wonderful to listen to when commuting or relaxing.

Highly recommended.

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Wonderful

This book is a fantastic glimpse into daily life of medieval England. Follett masterfully weaves the political, economic, and religious intrigue of the time with the ordinary ambitions and relations of common life. Lee’s performance, too, is noteworthy, as the characters and story are brought to life.

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Good but overlong

I have no objection to big long books, as a rule; in fact, I quite enjoy them. However, I must say that this one, although largely quite entertaining, accumulated a particular flaw as it lengthened. For some reason, the author seemed to feel that every so often we needed a recap of previous events, so one or another of his characters would fall into a reverie and tell us what had been happening since the beginning of the story. I found it a little annoying at first, but increasingly irritating as it was repeated. My husband suggested that perhaps, like the serial writers of earlier times, the author was being paid by the word.

<spoiler> I also spent nearly the entire book expecting the conniving Waleran to put Ellen on trial for witchcraft, and I still can't imagine why he did not - or why the conspirators didn't just kill her. </spoiler>

I did also begin to weary of the repeated and predictable cycle of crisis/averted/all is well/crisis/etc.

Still, the characters were engaging and I liked how the "good guys" didn't all get along but had some serious conflicts among themselves. And the historical setting was rich and immediate, especially at the end.

I liked the reader, John Lee, although I was puzzled by his pronunciation of "refectory", which he consistently pronounced "ref'ettry". I was prepared to believe it was an older, or more British, pronunciation, but I searched quite a number of dictionaries, including the OED, and could find no other pronunciation than the usual "refec'tory", except a passing mention in the OED that "the stressing re'fectory was at one time somewhat prevalent". In any case, other than that, I found his reading very good indeed. I loved Phillip's Welsh accent, and in general how well Lee managed to provide distinctive voices to the many different characters with mostly quite subtle shifts in his pitch and rhythm.

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Couldn’t finish this book

I read one hour into it and thought I don’t need to read about rape. I understand the time of course that this was mainstream so thought I will give it another chance. So read another hour in and now they are stoning cats for fun. I’m done and deleting it so I can’t even get bored one day and think maybe to give it another chance.

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Great read!

I truly enjoyed this book. It is well read and kept me spellbound and wanting for more.

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This has become my favourite book

This book was truly riveting. I really felt like I was back there in that time period. I wasn’t sure I would like this book as I am in now way religious but the books accuracy to history and it’s balance of tender love and brutal violence made it thrilling to listen to for the whole 40 hours.
Highly recommend.

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An epic tale

This book like all of Ken Follett’s work did not disappoint .. he built an amazing landscape of medieval England and the characters were so relatable and real. I didn’t want it to end.

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great read

great book and very detailed, made it easy to picture what the characters were looking at. felt like there was a lack of elaboration when it came to the action sequences. takes forever describing a church but then only a fraction of that time describing battles. very different book than what I'm used to but im glad I listened to it.

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Stunning experience

Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth has been my favourite book since my first reading. Hearing it performed by John Lee adds amazing depth to this outstanding saga.

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  • SL
  • 2018-10-27

Oeuvre monumentale

Histoire passionnant du temps des cathédrales, les personnages sont fouillés et l'intrigue est prenante! Le rythme est soutenu, Ken Follett parvient à maintenir une véritable tension, sauf peut-être sur la fin qui accuse qqs longueurs (les 5 dernières heures de l'audiobook). Le narrateur est incroyable, on est totalement immergé dans le récit :)

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  • dimitri sonier
  • 2017-04-14

J'ai adoré ! I loved it !

Non seulement l'histoire est exceptionnellement prenante mais les personnages du livre sont brillamment interprétés par le narrateur.
Un grand roman. A great novel.

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  • Judith
  • 2007-11-08

Couldn't Take My Buds Out

I thought, whew, 40 hours, but I really enjoyed it. One of those books that keeps you up late.
I liked the way the story moved. My only complaint was the repeaded rapes and the details of step by step sex, which, I personally find boring by most writers, I did >> a couple of times. I'm downloading the sequel now, so that tells the real tale. If you like family and political sagas, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Gina
  • 2009-07-25

Epic story to be read by all!

I downloaded this book based on a review by another person who said something about how they couldn't believe a book about a monk trying to build a cathedral could be so interesting. Well they were right!

I just skimmed over some of the reviews here after reading the book and I can't believe some of these people and I read the same book! I personally was never bored with any of the parts. Many times I sat in my car once I got to work, just to hear out the rest of the chapter. Ken Follet is a brilliant writer and really drew me into his characters. I even felt true hatred towards the villains - I would come in from my hour drive home work ranting to my husband how much I hated so and so.

Some reviews here talk about the book being vulgar, that is not true. There are some sexual encounters in this book (some the good kind and others terrible), but they add to the storyline. I personally felt it brought more realism to book, but did not feel like the author overdid the frequency of encounters like some other books do.

I'm traveling to England this month for the first time and thanks to this book I've altered my itinerary in order to visit some cathedrals. I want to marvel at the architecture and imagine the trials and tribulations the builders went through.

I love historical fiction and enjoyed how the author brought in real events (that I could look up) and gave the ordinary people of that time a voice. I could imagine how hard life really was for them and the life and death effects of the decisions and whims of the rulers. I have a better appreciation for their struggles.

The narrator did a fabulous job. Some narrators can ruin a book, but John Lee brought all those characters to life. Sometimes I'd forget it was the same man voicing every character.

I do wish the author had given his comments at the end of the book, not at the beginning. It gave away some of the plot.

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  • Chris Bish
  • 2007-12-28

Exceptional Book

The book is a compelling tapestry of colorful tales that together make the building of a cathedral whole cloth. The depiction of medieval life highlighted by the building of the cathedral is riveting and has stimulated me to read the books Follett mentions in the preface that he primarily used as the historical basis of his book.
The plot is never dull as one reader incredibly mentioned. It is loaded with adventure, history, love, cruelty, devotion, moral outrage, fealty; and has as many plot twists as a medieval cathedral has stones.
Other than being a great document about medieval life, Pillars of the Earth is a gripping work of literature.

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  • Joseph
  • 2010-01-09

Good historical setting, but loose story.

I read this when it came out, because I was a graduate student of medieval history at the time, and now I've heard it on audiobook. Some aspects of the work are very impressive, others are rather simplistic pop fiction, but overall it's a rewarding book, and the performance is impressive, considering how long John Lee has to keep your attention with his reading.

The aspect of the book I loved most was the setting and the technical details. It recreates a medieval world, from the economy of the villages to the politics of the monastery, with intricate and impressive detail on the building of the cathedral and the changing architectural styles and challenges. That alone is worth the listen.

The story--as he himself has described it--is a series of melodramas over a couple of generations, some of which take the whole book to develop, some of which are settled as they go, much like a Victor Hugo novel, but without the great writing and complex insight. The tales themselves sound more like 20th century dramas than medieval lives. There are few of the moral dilemmas medieval literature dwells on, and you could just drop the same stories into modern England without much change beyond clothing and settings. Add a few cell phones and IPods, and you're good to go.

Overall, I recommend it. Four stars, because I can't give three and a half. The setting is worth the listen, and the melodramas are emotionally engaging even if not very medieval. It's long pop fiction with a more sophisticated setting. If you want a modern novel in a well-researched medieval setting, this is it. If you want historical fiction that recreates the emotional and intellectual psyche of the time, this is not it. Try Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" for that, I guess.

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  • CynNC
  • 2008-08-12

Captivating

This one sat in my wish list for a couple of months while I debated. The length did not bother me, that was why it ended up in my wish list to begin with ... but was not sure how interesting a story about 13 century cathedral building would be. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! I have downloaded close to 200 books in the past year and this one and the following "World without End" also by Ken Follett, which I downloaded immediately after this one, are definitely in my top 10 faves. I agree with others that it is a bit heavy on the sex but it was still a wonderfully captivating adventure.

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  • C Anderson
  • 2007-12-28

Great Story

I really enjoyed this story. The characters are rich, you are given a full range of people who could be literary "good-guys" or "bad-guys". Their choices are interesting and the plot is full of turns and even suspense. I would have given this book five starts except a few things bothered me. First the author used quite a bit of foul language in the characters speech. If you are not bothered by four letter words you probably wont notice and enjoy the book just fine. Secondly, to make the antagonist even more sinister the author included several rape scenes with the antagonist enjoying his cruelty. The imaging was disturbing and again, if you are not sensitive to these kinds of scenes it wont be a problem. Over all the story was fantastic and a really interesting read. The book is very long and satisfying. I thought I would get bored but it was great. The reader also does a great job of bringing the different characters to life with different voices.

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  • E. Danner
  • 2007-12-24

Fantastic

I picked this book purely based on other peoples reviews, its really not the kind of thing that I am into but it was FANTASTIC! The narration is perfect, the story lines were a pleasure to follow. I was addicted to the book from the introduction onward, truly amazing.

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  • Scott
  • 2007-12-08

Sublime

Follet's preface, about how he'd come to write this novel, had me hooked. His effort, research and honesty propelled me into his novel with enthusiasm. The reader, John Lee, does a superb job. His tone is rich, full of a multitude of vocal inflections that carry ones imagination deeply into this historical adventure. And like a great actor he never shines so brightly on the material that his 'acting' takes precedence over the reading. I can't wait to get the sequel. One thousand cheers to Mr Follet for having ventured into terrain so different from his home.
scott stambler. real name.

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  • Ryan
  • 2008-12-28

Hands down, the very best!!!

Normally I don't really read anything involving organised religion. However, My friend insisted that I read this book. I am so glad that I listened to her. This is the best book that I have ever read. Follett uses such vivid imagery when describing everything, that I feel as if I am walking down the road with Tom Builder and his starving family. He keeps you guessing just long enough so that you can not put the book down untill you've found out what the scheme is. I found myself wishing that I could reach into the book and help the protagonists, and hurt the antagonist myself. I recomend this book to anyone who enjoys immersing oneself in a book so completely, that you think about it all day untill you can get back to reading it. You find yourself trying to come up with solutions to the problems facing the characters. This book is a must read!!! It's completely immersive, you may just feel the rumbling of the ground as the horses gallop by!!!

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  • Cate P
  • 2008-05-09

Errr, uhhh!

Most of the forty hours I spent listening to this book I amused myself by planning what I would say about it. It wasn't bad enough to stop, but it's a bit of a slog. The characters are moderately interesting and there's some history, but it's a soap opera - good guys and bad guys duking it out - over and over and over. I kept thinking, "enough already!". Truly, it's one struggle after another, some graphic and disturbing violence. The prose was basic, the story only moderately interesting and very repetitive (ie. the bad guy raped and pillaged his way through the book which got old), and the end didn't ring my cathedral bells. Kind of a set up for the next long book. The one stellar fact is that the narration is outstanding.

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