i read pillars of the earth and this was a continuation. It was a bit long,but interesting and well written. I thought Pillars of the Earth was better and rated five stars.
The book was well written, but a little over long. The narration by John Lee was exceptional. My main complaint with the book is that the all of the heroic and sympathetic characters attitudes and ideologies were from our time not from Medieval England for me this made the story quite implausible.
I had to listen to this book after reading Pillers - outstanding story - beautifully written. Be sure to read Pillers first before attempting to understand the story line.
Its up there with Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the earth. Thank god he came back to this subject matter. Riveted the entire 46 hours - felt shorter than some 13 hour books I've listened to. So good, off to blow one of my credits on Pillars of The Earth if they have it - time to revisit the original.
There's some repetition throughout, which comes mostly at the beginning of a time-jump (when he jumps 10 years of time or so) - its either to refresh readers during a weighty tome, or almost as if he expected it to be serialized and people might miss chunks of the content - thats the only fault and it hardly detracts. The characters are vibrant and so so deep. the internecine machinations are engaging, the twists of fate are sometimes predictable but entertaining...and the historical accuracy is top-notch. A must-listen
I read Pillars of the Earth many years ago and remembered it as a favorite. I enjoyed World Without End just as much, if not more. It was so interesting and it certainly didn't seem long at all. It is well worth the time.
I first read "Pillars of the Earth" and immediately started listening to "World without end." I thought it wasn't as fantastic as Pillars but I still rate it with all stars, because instead of being my favorite book ever, it's now my second favorite! That's saying a lot. I am so sad the journey of this town is over and it's going to be hard to find another book as good as these two are. I hope he writes more!
One would not have had to read Pillars of the Earth to enjoy World Without End. As is often the case with sequels, World Without End is enjoyable, but not as spellbinding as Pillars of the Earth. The characters were interesting, but not quite as colorful and engaging as Pillars. There is more emphesis on medical practices and the wool trade, and less about the architecture and building innovations, and the business of running a priory. There is a lot of detail about the plague and its affects upon the Kingsbridge community, and there are more detailed sexual encounters.
I enjoyed the book, and was sad it ended, even after 52 hours of listening. Should Ken Follet write a third book about this period of history, I would be a happy customer!