I loved Pillars of the Earth and could not imagine anything even coming close, but World Without End was even better! I could not wait to get in my car to go anywhere and I am so sad that I am finished with it.
I listen while driving too and from work, sometimes take the long way home. This book is wonderfully well written and even though you know someone is in part 5, their danger is part 2 is vivid and real.
Its sort of entertaining, but not nearly as fun as the first book in this series. John Lee is very articulate, but not terribly exciting as a reader. Basically pulp, and not that great, masquerading as historic fiction.
This is a long listen. Took me nearly 4 months to finish. I remember thinking the day I started it, if this is a bad narrator, this could last forever. Luckily, the narrator did a really good job. He was easy to listen to.
Follett's writing reminds me of JK Rowling's writing. It is not beautiful words and phrases that make me want to keep listening (e.g. Ian McEwan's writing), nor plumming psychological depths (e.g. Philip Roth), but plot after plot after complicated plot. All in all a good story told in a straightforward way.
It is terrible to have to allow such a good example of a literary artist go to waste when you want to guide your 17 year old son in the direction of writing. How can I allow such 'trash' of sex, violence, and vulgarity in my son's mind when I am trying to teach him skills in an otherwise fine art? Writing can be done creatively and with great moral value without being disgusting and pornographic, especially to young minds in todays world. This could have been such a great writing from Mr. Follett. From a mother of 4 young men.
I enjoyed Pillars, but struggled through the detailed NC-17 sex and rapes. World focuses more on the love stories and sex and less on the architecture and history - which was a let down. I found it dirty and boring and I stopped reading half way thorough. If I can't talk about it with my friends, I shouldn't be reading it.
The first book wasnt that great, although it was ok and a great time killer... The story lines and the incredibly femenist main character would have fit into a early 20th century novel a bit better. And the weak male characters couldn't seem to get there testicals to drop. So personally i only liked it in the sense that it is like an ongoing spoap opera and makes you want to know what happened. Which was too bad because not much really happens in the end.