While it was a great listen, a better follow-up for history buffs would be the classic "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman (1978). Ken Follet obviously read that and copied events and practices of the day, from Priory politics and battles in France to head-butting tied up cats. And 'Mirror' is pure history, not fiction. Still, 'World Without End' was a very entertaining yarn in the Ken Follet tradition.
After listening to Pillar of the Earth, I couldn't wait to download this one. Pillar of the Earth kept my attention just allitle bit more, but recommend this book as a good listen, truely enjoyed it.
It's a dark tale and you cannot help but really feel sorry for the plights of the characters. The tale captivated me because its so well written and since I loved Pillars of the Earth I knew I would enjoy it.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I loved its prequel, Pillars of the Earth, but Ioved this one more. What a great story and great reader. I especially love the history lesson you get along with a wonderful and engaging storyline.
I recently listened to Pillars of the Earth, and it was one of my favorite books ever. The thing about this one is that it is more or less the same book. Follett's research is thorough, and he is a masterful storyteller, so I stayed interested most of the way through. But by the end, I found myself rooting a little bit for the bad guys, just to change things up a bit. I suspect I would have liked it more if I had waited a while after Pillars, but I didn't, so three stars.
I absolutely loved Pillars. Maybe I was expecting to much, but WWE bored me to no end. I never really identified with the characters, and the storyline lacked pacing. The length is daunting, but I soldiered through the end. If you enjoyed Pillars the novel is worth consideration, but do not expect a compelling story.
I NEVER buy an abridged version if the unabridged version is available. For this book, I wish I had!! It left me wondering if Follett was paid by the word. I did like the first book but was dissappointed that Follett thought he could so easily copy it and expand it by setting it in a different generation. The book lacks depth and seems to trade on the themes that made the first book popular. Read "Pillars" and if you want more, re-read "Pillars."
The narration is solid and the tale enjoyable, although it must be noted and clearly stated that it is largely a somewhat longer winded version of The Pillars of the Earth, which is fine as that's what I expected. An enjoyable and lengthy listen.
I absolutely loved every minute of this book, as I did with "Pillars of the Earth." John Lee was masterful, and the story was unforgettable. I miss looking forward to hearing it on my drives to and from work, as well as any chance I could get otherwise!