The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tell...

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Title:The Pillars of the Earth
Author:Ken Follett
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Pillars of the Earth
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:973 pages pages

The Pillars of the Earth Reviews

  • amelia
    Nov 18, 2007

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

  • Kira Fisher
    Mar 15, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the tw...

    Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: As a new age dawns in England's twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt - and one majesti...

    I finally finished this book and I loved it!! The characters were interesting, flawed, and complex. The storyline was captivating, intricate, and exciting. I think that because the story was told from the point of view of many characters (5 or 6, I think), the author was able to sho...

    Hmmm... a family relation lent me this book. I was mostly interested in what kind of books my particular relation was into. I think you can learn a lot about a person by reading their favorite books. I am actually a little disturbed. Yes you may call me a prude, but there was sex in it...

    i can't stress enough how not good this book was. (everett says he likes it that i pan books, so he will be pleased with this review.) where does one start when explaining what makes a piece of shit unpleasant? is it the smell? is it the origins? is it its inherent turdness? this...

  • Lucy
    Nov 10, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

  • Patricia
    Nov 12, 2007

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the tw...

    Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: As a new age dawns in England's twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt - and one majesti...

    I finally finished this book and I loved it!! The characters were interesting, flawed, and complex. The storyline was captivating, intricate, and exciting. I think that because the story was told from the point of view of many characters (5 or 6, I think), the author was able to sho...

    Hmmm... a family relation lent me this book. I was mostly interested in what kind of books my particular relation was into. I think you can learn a lot about a person by reading their favorite books. I am actually a little disturbed. Yes you may call me a prude, but there was sex in it...

  • Francine
    Dec 27, 2007

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

  • Troy
    Mar 17, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

  • Tina
    Jan 28, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the tw...

    Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: As a new age dawns in England's twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt - and one majesti...

    I finally finished this book and I loved it!! The characters were interesting, flawed, and complex. The storyline was captivating, intricate, and exciting. I think that because the story was told from the point of view of many characters (5 or 6, I think), the author was able to sho...

  • Lianna
    Feb 15, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

  • DeLaina
    Aug 28, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

  • Dan Schwent
    Dec 31, 2012

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

  • Michael
    Jul 28, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

  • Amanda
    Aug 30, 2009

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

  • Jax
    Jul 11, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

  • Misfit
    Aug 20, 2008

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

  • Stephen
    Apr 18, 2010

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

  • Candace
    Oct 17, 2017

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 29, 2010

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

  • Dem
    Sep 19, 2009

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the tw...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Feb 17, 2018

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

  • Richard Derus
    Dec 27, 2011

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

    This epic novel draws the reader into the 12th century story filled with tragedy, romance, success, betrayal and revenge. We have a host of characters to love and hate. Through these characters we live vicariously. The description is so well written that the reader feels they are in th...

    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book. So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his famil...

    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on. Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great Eu...

    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is t...

    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the tw...

    Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: As a new age dawns in England's twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt - and one majesti...

  • Emily May
    Mar 30, 2016

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

  • Simona Bartolotta
    Dec 22, 2011

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

  • Kay
    Jun 11, 2011

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

  • Matt
    Aug 04, 2013

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

  • StoryTellerShannon
    Nov 17, 2011

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

  • James
    Aug 31, 2015

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

  • Matthew
    Mar 08, 2018

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

  • Dana Ilie
    Apr 27, 2014

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...

    4.5 ?What you?re doing is wrong,? he said. ?I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It?s far worse than any sin.? Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star...

    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This ...

    Ken Follett leaves his comfort zone with this epic tome, which highlights the development and building of a massive cathedral in Kingsbridge, a rural English community. Follett takes the reader back to the 12th century, where Tom Builder is looking for work. After the death of his wife...

    This is one of those novels where you come to care about the characters (most of them; others you come to hate), where you are cheering them on and hoping things will finally go their way. As in his previous novels, Follett doesn?t shy away from hard truths; this was a brutal time in...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 17, 2014

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

  • Amalia Gavea
    Jun 14, 2016

    I devour books. That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can't put it down and live my life until I finish it. For shorter books, that's generally not a problem, but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earth...well, let's just say we ran out of food, my children clung to my legs asking...

    This book was popular? As in a mini-phenomenon? Seriously? Am I being punked? Tell the truth--no one else read the book. It was all an elaborate media/pop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book. Please lie to me about this. I'm not sure I can go on living if I have to believ...

    ?The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.? Look, it's difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book. Seriously, if you take a look at the blurb, note the 973 pages, and the fact it's a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England, you might thi...

    I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic novel). But I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start; his writing style hit me like a brick, but Jim thoroughly enjoyed the bo...

    7.2 MILLION STARS! Did I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read? Yes, yes I did! I cannot say enough about this book, the story, the writing, the characters, etc. etc. etc. Everything is perfect! If someone had said to me, ?Here is a 1000 page book about t...

    This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I start. The writing is terrible. The plotting may be dramatic, but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters; they seem to exist merely fo...

    ?He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft, round shapes out of hard rock. The stone had a will of its own, and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do, it would fight him, and his chisel would slip, or dig in too deeply, spoiling the shapes. But once he had...

    This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it. I?ve never be so emotionally invested in a story, as I was with this. It?s a rare book that does this to me. I think it?s because it follows the characters through such a l...

    I read this out of order as once I read "World Without End," I was so captivated that I had to go back to read this one. It was good, but I much preferred "World Without End." Follett creates such a remarkable world full of characters you love and you hate. And to think it takes pla...

    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions, and ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish. The ch...

    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she ...

    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger?s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hun...

    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more t...

    Ahem. "Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles,...

    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe? So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What?s it about? And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it?s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gath...

    A monumental undertaking! An achievement to last the ages! Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done reading this huge book you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life hoisting brick and la...

    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in gen...