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World Without End Audiobook

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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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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    Linda Austin, TX, United States 12-04-08
    Linda Austin, TX, United States 12-04-08
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    "Even better than the first book"

    I thought that the author could not surpass the first book, but I was wrong. This one is even better. Great job!

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    Lou Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada 11-20-08
    Lou Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada 11-20-08
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    "The Best"

    Do your self a favor and pick this up.

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    M. Pascale tournefeuilleFrance 11-12-08
    M. Pascale tournefeuilleFrance 11-12-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good !"

    First audio book I ever listened to, and it was a great experience.
    the narrator was very good (I'm french and needed someone not to hard to comprehend at first), Ken Follet at his best for the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Santa Barbara, CA, USA 11-09-08
    David Santa Barbara, CA, USA 11-09-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book I Have Ever Read (Listened To)"

    I don't normally write reviews, but World Without End is absolutely the best book I have ever read/listened to. Ken Follet's ability to recite details is amazing, and how he intertwines the lives of the main characters as they grow from children to adults keeps you at the end of your seat. Many times I tried to visualize how a particular thread was going to evolve, and was wrong every time. He is the master of story telling. I couldn't put it down and recommend it to everyone.

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    history buff louisiana 10-30-08
    history buff louisiana 10-30-08 Member Since 2008

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    "WWE NOT AS GOOD AS POE"

    as usual, the sequel does not live up to the first. while interesting, i find wwe to be contrived and predictable. it's great to go to sleep to!

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    Cheryl Blue Springs, MO, USA 10-27-08
    Cheryl Blue Springs, MO, USA 10-27-08
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    "Carried away to another time!"

    I loved this book. While it took me about an hour to become totally hooked, from then on I could hardly stop listening. The narrator was so good I could see each character as he changed voices. Caris and Merthyn are such lovable characters you want to know them better and better. The ending was perfect!

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    John SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 10-26-08
    John SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 10-26-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Copy"

    Not part of a real series; more like a bad copy of the original. The names have changed and so has the date, but everything else is the same. If you read Pillars, you're going to find this to be like bad retelling of the same story, or like a made for TV version of the original. Nothing really new in the book.

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    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08
    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Another masterpiece"

    Worth every single minute of the even longer listen than the last one. This book is equally fabulous and the narrator remains perfect. A must to add to your library!

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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 10-19-08
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 10-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Okay - not as good as Pillars of the Earth"

    Okay but definitely not as good as Pillars of the Earth. I needed to listen to the entire part 1 before I started to get interested in the story.

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    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 10-18-08
    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 10-18-08 Member Since 2014

    video guru

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    "It's a good read when you're sad it's over!"

    I thought this was just as good as "Pillars", and enjoyed it immensely. I am amazed at how well John Lee narrates, he does a great job of creating voices for each character, with appropriate accents for lords and peasants and all the rest, and somehow keeps them all straight! My only regret is reaching the end.

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