Good mini-series based loosely on the book,
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This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I saw the mini-series before reading the book. The first few episodes follows the books somewhat closely except for the ages of the children. However, the mini series begins to deviate from the book significantly about half way through the mini series to the point that it's not recognizable other than names. Although the story changes significantly, it is still an entertaining mini series; however, there's no reason to deviate from the book. At most, 3 more episodes would be required to stay true to the book. The book story is so much better that it's sad to see this missed opportunity to stay true to the book; and sadly, there's no apparent reason for the deviation!
Take the time to read or listen to the book. It is outstanding. The mini series is definitely entertaining, but falls short of the book.