Man of Action
Sometimes you read a story and its blinding pace, exotic locations, racing adventure and sex appeal keep you turning the pages.
Other times you read a story because, although it lacks everything I mentioned in the previous description, you cannot put it down because the descriptions, plot and characters grab your interest and don't let go.
This story is the second type.
I like that all of the characters stand on their own, giving you reasons to both like and dislike them. There are definite protagonists and antagonists, but nearly everyone has good and bad traits. Except Aliena...who is a bit of a Mary Sue.
John separates the characters and brings their unique personalities to life.
A factual historical backdrop hosts this fictional journey through the triumphs & tragedies of those involved in building Kingsbridge Cathedral.
Intrigue and conspiracy,historical events, medieval architecture, civil war, secular/religious conflicts and shifting political loyalties.
The good: It's a nice follow up to Pillars of the Earth, and it's clever and original to create a "sequel" several centuries later. Follett does an excellent job blending the story with actual historical events, and he brings to life a period of history too few know about and fewer still care about. As always, his main characters are compelling. Overall, these make for a very good listen, and you know it's good when you pull into the parking lot and sit there until the chapter ends rather than get out of the car.
The bad: how much badly-written sex and violence do you want? I'm no prude, but I thought a lot of it was gratuitous and not particularly well done in any event.
The story, the details, the accuracy of historical events...
You rarely come across books this good. Would recommend it to... everyone
Pillars of the Earth was one of my favorite books. I could hardly believe it was by Ken Follett. I was so eager to listen to World Without End. If I hadn't listened to and read Pillars I probably would of enjoyed World Without End more. I was sorry to end with the thought Ken Follett wasn't able to repeat his previous performance. i suggest skipping this one.
This is a really good book for the historical fiction fanatic. But I don't know that I could have found the time to read it in print....so grateful for the wonderful audio version.
Mr Lee's voices sounded authentic and rich - not contrived like some voice actors who cannot sustain them.
Yes, I always wanted to keep going with this great audio. But alas, it's so long I had to take breaks for real life!
Very high. I am hooked.
The Good Earth which was excellent. They cover two different eras and both tell what it was really like during the times they cover.
I think all the characters that are able to live honorably.
I loved the story and the way it was told.
I am an attorney for a higher education research institution. I am married, have two children, and I love my organic vegetable garden.
This is Ken Follett's sequel to the equally compelling and captivating story "Pillars of the Earth". Follett transports you back in time so completely that you truly visualize and experience another time and place. John Lee's performance is stellar; he performs different characters in appropriate voice and really captures the emotions of both female and male parts. I find some of Follett's sexual encounters and delving in the minds of the individual female characters to be unrealistic and tiresome, but overall, the story presents a well-rounded and captivating tale of the time.
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John Lee is so amazing I can't imagine the print version being any better than the audio version. This listen kept me riveted the entire time and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. One of my all time audible favorites.
Honestly, I loved every momen and cant' think of any one scene or moment that stuck out.
John Lee is my favorite narrator by far. I listened to Pillars of the Earth and I just bought Fall of Giants. He and Follett are the perfect combo.
I almost cried at a few points, some parts were really tragic.
It is very much in the same style as Pillars of the Earth. Generally I felt that it was not quite as good, but still one the best audio books I have heard. Initially it was difficult to keep track of the characters but after the initial portions I was able to get engrossed in the story.
Everything. He is easily in my top 3 narrators. Have picked books just because he is the narrator.
Well worth the adventure. I have considered listening to it a second time, even though it is a large investment in time. This is something I almost never do.
Loved Loved it.
Read the book some years ago. The audio version is just as good - if not better.