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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Fiction: Historical. Unabridged audio from Penguin Audiobooks. Published in 2002. 40 hours and 10 minutes, read by John Lee. Purchased from Audible.com.

My sister-in-law Rebecca recommended this book and I’m glad she did. It was a very enjoyable listen.  The reader did a great job, and the story line was captivating, even though a lot of it was details on how to build a cathedral. I have the feeling that I would know exactly how to build one if I could have done a better job of processing the info on how they are built that is included in this book!

It’s not a rated G read. A couple of times, some of the sexual details might have been a bit much (designed perhaps more to arouse than to add to the story line) but in general it wasn’t too much.

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.

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