A great job of delivery from John Lee, brings the depth of characters to life. This is set 200 years after Pillars, but it is not necessary to have read Pillars as it is not much of a tie in. I love longer stories, but only if they can keep you engrossed, and this did. I preferred Pillars,but would still recommend this to anyone who enjoys period dramas.
top of the list
started slow but through the middle and end could not stop listening
I like reading but never seem to have the time so audio books are a great solution for me.
The integrity of the characters was faultless. That's a big deal because you never say to yourself "that character wouldn't do that" - has a result the story keeps pulling you in.
The demise of a VERY evil character. Don't worry, I'm spoiling nothing because there are MANY evil characters in this book!!
If I could have one wish in the "I'd love to meet" fantasy it would be to meet John Lee. What an AMAZING man. I can 'hear' every character in this book AND I can hear every emotion that those characters are conveying.
I listen to audio books as I am working and the were numerous times that this book literally made me gasp with surprise. Seriously!
This book certainly has it's 'sprinkle' of soap opera but it's only a sprinkle. As this book started out I actually thought I had chosen badly, it just wasn't 'my thing' - WRONG. I'm so glad I went one or two chapters more!!!!!!
Fantasy geek, literature lover!
Absolutely. The performance is excellent and the plot is engaging. Maybe this novel doesn't shine like Pillars of the Earth, but it's worthwhile to read it,
Its predecessor, "Pillars of the Earth". Same pacing, same kind of characters with motivations and psychological background.
The women in general. Gwenda, Caris, Lady Philippa, the abbess... he has a certain skill to make them alive and real while his voice is definitely male.
"What Real Aristocracy Is", or something of the kind. One of the themes is the downfall of aristocrats and peasants, the ascendancy of some and the despair of others. Ralph has his own notion of what being an aristocrat is, his brother Merthin another. It's interesting to see the "new" mentality develop (and we are still struggling today with this idea that there's a "divine" right to something... people would not acknowledge this, but they behave like Ralph most of the time).
Great performance by John Lee. A must if into Ken Follett or historical novels.
While this book isn't quite as good as Pillars of the Earth I would still recommend it. It follows a similar format to Pillars, in that in chronicles the lives of well developed characters over a long span of time. Very well narrated and worth the long listen. For those who haven't read Pillars of the Earth, do that before reading World Without End.
I haven't listened to too many audio books at this stage but I found it very enjoyable.
Well narrated and fast paced.
This story is a very cynical view of the life of faith. It makes a mockery of all that is good and pure and decent and promotes all the basest aspects of human nature. Its" anything goes if you can get what you want" attitude really put me off. Apparently there is no right or wrong and no where to draw the line. I cannot recommend it to anyone. It started as an interesting story and just got boring.