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World Without End | [Ken Follett]

World Without End

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men, women, and children whose lives it changed forever. Critics were overwhelmed, and readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel.

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.

Listen to The Pillars of the Earth.

©2007 Ken Follett; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fans of Follett's previous medieval epic will be well rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Louise 05-15-08
    Louise 05-15-08
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    "Better Than Pillars!"

    This tale transports the reader to a period we often seem to think of as "simpler" -- Yet I dare anyone of us to survive even as a lord... let alone the peasant we would probably be!

    The life skills woven into the story of families we came to recognise in "Pillars" - is tragic, funny, and always enjoyable.

    Bravo

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    Pamela Fayetteville, TX, USA 05-14-08
    Pamela Fayetteville, TX, USA 05-14-08
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    "Follett does it again"

    The genius of Ken Follett is a gift to all who value a great tale. Beware - to those of you who have the usual daily obligations of life in the 21st century - this story compels the reader or listener to forgo said obligations for the irresistible temptation of learning the outcome of whatever conflict is currently in play in this truly absorbing epic tale. On whatever level you choose to partake of the pleasures presented at this banquet of literary delicacies you will be satiated. Again, genius!

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    J. Gelissen 05-12-08
    J. Gelissen 05-12-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A wonderful read!"

    If you love epic novels, this is a must read. The story is well written and narrator brings it alive. Well worth downloading. I loved it!

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    Laura lathrup village, MI, USA 05-10-08
    Laura lathrup village, MI, USA 05-10-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Read or Listen"

    As good a story as the first, Pillars of the Earth, keeps your interest from start to finish!
    Highly recommended

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    D. Greble usa 05-07-08
    D. Greble usa 05-07-08 Member Since 2015
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    "historical fiction"

    an engaging sequel to Pillars of the Earth. The narrator is amazing- you feel like you are there with the characters back in the 1300s.

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    rebecah 05-05-08
    rebecah 05-05-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"

    This is a great sequel to the fabulous book, Pillars of the Earth. Hope there is another!

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    Bill Sequim, WA, USA 04-30-08
    Bill Sequim, WA, USA 04-30-08
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    "Entrancing"

    Once you're into it you don't want out. More so you feel a sense of loss when you come to the end,

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    linda martz 04-28-08
    linda martz 04-28-08
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    "Wonderful"

    This was a wonderfully written and wonderfully narrated story. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    Thomas P. Mahoney Sausalito, Ca United States 04-27-08
    Thomas P. Mahoney Sausalito, Ca United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite Title Yet"

    This was by far my favorite audio book ever! The book is great. It is equally as entrancing as "Pillars of the Earth". I also thought the reader was excellent. It's long but worth every word. I just wish the audible library had more works by Ken Follett

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    Sandra Geneva, IL, USA 04-27-08
    Sandra Geneva, IL, USA 04-27-08
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    "Renewed my interest in reading"

    I never was a fan of epics but this is one that I didn't want to stop!! I felt I learned so much about life in that period of time. It was wonderful!! Now I am going to read Pillars of the Earth (or rather...LISTEN...to it!

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