This book is very well written and takes you to 14th century England very well.
BUT the same people seem to get a disaster every other page and it just keeps coming, it gets to the point where I went...oh come on..again???
The evil people seem to be invincible and get away with everything and the poor people get shafted at every turn, I know that 14th century England was not very fair, but it's just too much at one point.
In any case, I enjoyed the book but will think twice before listening to another of his books.
John Lee is his usual fantastic self and makes the story flow with his flawless reading.
After reading the reviews I was expecting Fillet Mignon but I thought the story was a bit Spam-like. Soft,fatty, lacking content and over salted. The narrator was the only thing that kept me going. John Lee did an excellent job.
On this plus side, this selection will fill many hours of listening. But I found it disappointing. First, the author is not especially gifted at creating suspense. As he plods along it is easy to see where he is going. Secondly, he give his 14th century characters the attitudes and mores of 21st century Americans. To me it feels as if the author wrote this long book without asking himself tough questions about the credibility of his characters in an effort to reach a deadline.
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.