The Kingsbridge Novels

3 books in series
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The Pillars of the Earth Publisher's Summary

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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • Written by: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-01-01

    Price: CDN$ 74.10

  • Book 2

    • World Without End

    • Written by: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A terrific book

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 74.10

  • Book 3

    • A Column of Fire

    • Written by: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not as gripping as other Follett books but brillia

    • By Faegi on 2017-10-20

    Price: CDN$ 64.84