The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping historical novel, takes the listener to 12th century England where forces royal and religious manipulate the balance of power to lean in their favor. Originally published in 1989, The Pillars of the Earth gained recent popularity after debuting as an HBO mini-series.
Set between the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Sir Thomas Becket, the book's central character is Tom Builder, a man with a vision to build a Gothic-style cathedral at the Kingsbridge priory. Tom meets the independent Ellen, who some in Kingsbridge believe is a witch and her gifted son, Jack. Jack's brilliance for architecture becomes a fire point between him and Tom's possessive son, Alfred. The power struggle between King Stephen, Empress Matilda and her brother, Robert the Earl of Gloucester tugs at the story's passionate characters, bidding them to do their royal will, no matter the costs.
"Pillars of the Earth" reaches full dramatic swing at the Battle of Lincoln and ends with plot twists that will leave the listener satisfied but wondering what will happening in the best-selling sequel, "World Without End."
Ken Follett is a Welsh author who has sold more than 100 million copies of his books. Four of his books, including "Pillars of the Earth," have landed him at #1 of the New York Times best seller list. "World Without End" also held that coveted spot. Follett began his career as a journalist and has dabbled in politics since the late 1970s.
British actor John Lee narrates "Pillars of the Earth." Besides working as a professional narrator, Lee is a producer and screenwriter.
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.<<< show less
Though you may know Ken Follett from the popular audiobooks Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2, Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1 and The Pillars of the Earth, Follett is actually one of the most renowned Mysteries & Thrillers, Fiction and History authors in our catalog. In total, we carry 24 audiobooks from Follett on AudioBookStore.com, with the latest Mysteries & Thrillers title being: The Ken Follett Value Collection: A Place Called Freedom, The Third Twin, and Hammer of Eden. Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century was added to our catalog in 1999, making it the author's oldest audiobook available on our website, while Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2 is the most popular and bestselling audiobook from Follett. Enjoy over 346 hours of audiobook listening from Follett, among the 24 audiobooks we have available. With such a wide variety of audiobooks, we know you're sure to enjoy Mysteries & Thrillers books from Ken Follett. Follett was born on June 5, 1949 in Cardiff, The United Kingdom. For more audiobooks and information on Ken Follett, please visit his page on AudiobookStore.com: Ken Follett audiobooks.