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.
"Fans of Follett's previous medieval epic will be well rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
A world without end, a story without end, it all seemed as if it would never end.
The story was entertaining. It was just to long and kept repeating itself as if it were a mini-series and each week we were caught up on the prior weeks episode.
Sometimes I felt as if I was listening to a work voice-mail. I wanted to hit "44" which speeds the thing up so that it sounds like the chipmunks, but ends the interminable thing.
Again the story was good and it did get me through painting the bedroom.
I really enjoyed this book-though not quite as much as Pillars of the Earth. While some parts moved along and I was eager to hear more, some parts, dragged a bit, and I was able to anticipate what was going to happen next. Having said this, I certainly do hope there is a third book coming!
A FOLLOW-UP TO PILLARS OF THE EARTH, THIS BOOK IS AS WELL-WRITTEN AND PLOT-DRIVEN AS ANY DICKENS NOVEL. RICH WITH CHARACTERS AND PLOT TWISTS, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ IN YEARS.
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