I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.
I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.
I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.
Bookworm, model, supportive fiance and worlds best baby sister.
I liked the narrator, and story line was gripping.
Aliena of course.
His narration allows for imagination of the buildings otherwise if I was reading it I would probably skim over those parts.
Cathedrals, Corruptions, and Champions
Country Livin' Lady
Yes, For my friends who like an epic journey, I would Highly recommend this.
I got to know the characters and became part of their lives, totally drawn into the story. Lots of interesting info on churches, the people and about how they lived.
Too many to pick one!
It made me angry with some of the characters that were evil, it made me cheer for the kind priest. This book drew out many emotions during the journey through the years.
Educator enamored with storytellers
It ranks among the middle of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
The lighter scenes between the lovers offered a welcomed respite from the suffering endured in the bulk of the story.
Light-hearted, Consistent, Warm
There were moments of terror and horror and even shame, but the redeeming moments were not as powerful as I expected they would be after the characters' harrowing expeditions.
The story is a bit long-winded and the book weighs on the darker side. However, the idea of tracking the characters and their timelines through the construction of the cathedral was inspired. The characters hold minor depth and some quirks that moved them away from the extremes of total good and total evil, even though there were clear villains and heroes and those characters rarely moved from those realms. The ending chapters feel tacked on and the Henry plot did not match the intricate and well-hammered plot-lines proceeding it. Overall, the characters are its strength and there is no lack of action, depravity and joy in this reading.
Probably in the lowest quarter
Less violent. I enjoyed the beginning travels and cared about the novel's characters. I really wanted to see how things would turn out for them.
Much too long
This book was great!
I love how each character found their way into the story.
John Lee was an amazing narrator! I would listen to him again and again!
The story was awesome!! The only thing I had a hard time with were the constant rapes and abuse to women throughout the story. It kinda goes with the territory, but I hated hearing about it.
Yes yes yes. As a matter of fact I have listened to it a few times. John Lee does an amazing job I could listen to him all day and its is an epic story that I loved the first time but after listening again I realized I missed so much.
It came at the very end so I can't say without spoiling it.
That's tough I loved Aliena and Jack I can't decide who I loved more.
Yes I didn't want to turn it off.
I truly loved this book I didn't hesitate one second after I finished it to buy A World Without End. Which didn't disappoint.
Yes I would. Read the book several years ago, watched the Mini-Series but it was not until I listened to it being read that the story came alive for me. Wonderful PROSE and well worth the time to Listen to while traveling down the road.
Never read or heard anything similar!!!
Ken Follet is an extraordinary story teller!!
For me this is one of those books that I will forever regret not listening to when a friend first recommended it. I guess I was hesitant because while I like history, the idea of listening to the story of a single cathedral being built wasn’t very attractive to me. Now I think back about those preconceived notions and see where my imagination was so far off from the actual story.
Yes, the book does use the cathedral as the center piece of the story. The true art of the book is how the author makes the building of the cathedral relevant to characters in the story, to the economics of the day, to the families, the culture and ultimately to a modern reader. It was that interweaving of culture, humanity, and technology that was so appealing to the historical explorer in me while at the same time keeping me truly invested with both the heart warming and heart wrenching. Each character’s connection to the cathedral is unique and each character is very well developed. The author was able to help me identify with a code of humanity and ethics that is timeless even though the culture and technology was so different.
I constantly questioned if the effort was worth it. The building of the cathedral is threatened multiple times, but beyond the building itself it is the belief in family, community, charity, and ethics that is so very difficult in the face of adversity. The characters are flawed much as in today’s world and constantly have to choose where to stand with their beliefs as they face life and death decisions. By the end of the book I cheered for the heroes because they were real to me and I felt like it was my community or rather my cathedral in the end.