At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.
Three years in the writing, World Without End once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.
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"Fans of Follett's previous medieval epic will be well rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)
Very different from Ken Follet's previous books-it is a wonderful read. He develops the characters well and keeps you interested until the end-and you don't want it to end.
Follett demonstrates his distinct ability to take you back to a time where you have the enjoyment of living the period as if you are a part of it.
If you loved Pillars of the Earth, then you'll enjoy the same in-depth character development and historical settings in World Without End, complete with heroes and heroines, Machiavellian politics, class warfare, secularist vs religious extremists, and tawdry sexual encounters. In bringing historical 1300s England to life, Follet develops multiple plots and subplots with endless twists and turns of fate to keep the reader guessing. I purchased the audio copy and the narrator did a tremendous job of moving back and forth between character voices and accents to enhance the narration. A great book for readers who love an historical epic novel.
World Without End is a good book, a worthy follow-up to Pillars of the Earth. But as I found myself only one third of the way through the unabridged 45 hours, it occurred to me to use one of my accumulated monthly credits on the abridged version. Aside from finding Richard E. Grant a much more entertaining narrator--almost like listening to a radio play--I found the story much less squirm-worthy, with more left to the imagination (not a problem, from my AARP-eligible perspective.) In the process of finding my spot in the abridged version, I was able to listen to several chapters in both versions, and found that while I didn't get as deep into each side plot, the main story was there, and moved along well. I'll be doing more abridged books from now on.
I have not read the first book but I watched the series on TV and found it very interesting so I downloaded the unabridged version of this book to see if was as good. This book was great. Even in the unabridged version it was very detailed and kept my interest the entire time. Highly recomended!!
I found the first half of World Without End to be a little slow moving. As the second part began it became more interesting to me. After reading Pillars of the Earth, which was also by Ken Follet and in a similiar time period,I must say that the book disappointed me as I thought it would have been just as great as Pillars.
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