Published initially by: William Morrow
Audiobook published by: Penguin
Published initially: 1989
Audiobook published: 2007
Page Count: 978
Audiobook length: 41 hours
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased with Audible.com credit
Narrated by: John Lee
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
For whatever reason, I’ve been tending toward huge tomes when selecting the audiobooks I want to download with my monthly Audible.com credits. I’m not sure if it’s subconciously thinking I’ll get more for my money or if I know that there is no way in hell I’d ever get through the book the old fashioned way. Regardless, The Pillars of the Earth, which tells the story of the building of a fictional cathedral in Kingsbridge, fit the bill. I’ve never read any of Ken Follett’s work before and I was a touch skeptical. The story was set during midieval England and it was about building a cathedral. I wasn’t sure how interesting that could actually be. I found there was no need for concern. I loved every minute of this story, even the parts that may have seemed long were it not for John Lee’s narration. I loved the good guys and I loved the villians that much more. I cannot stress enough the genious of John Lee’s narration. It was sheer perfection. It is a long story, but I think you’ll find it worth the investment. I was disappointed to discover that the sequel,World Without End, did not continue to tell the story of Aliena, Jack and Jonathon. It’s a good book and an even better audiobook.
Yes, I got my money’s worth.