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)
If you liked the Pillars of the Earth, then you will like this as well. The story is very similar and the narration is just as good as the first. My only advice would be to take a break in between the two if you plan on listening to them both. After finishing this one, I had to jump to something not so medieval.
I liked The Pillars... so I was interested in reading the sequel, it's tooooo long, the story is good but innecessarily long, maybe the abridged version it's a better option.
Still after reading Ken Follet's works, definitely Umberto Eco is the king.
A lot of people, so I've read, do not care for the work of this author. I, on the other hand, admire his work, and truly enjoyed this piece of fiction. I did not have any issues with the reading, the plot, the character development, nor the sub-plots. In fact, I found the story facinating, and actually bought the audio version AFTER having read the hard copy book....twice.
I really enjoyed this book most of the time, although it could be unrelenting. If I could have given 4.5 stars, I would have. John Lee mostly does an excellent job reading. My only complaint is that he redoes the voice=character_type assignments from Pillars. His Godwyn sounds just like Wallerin (sic). But Godwyn is supposed to be very charismatic, excellent at persuading people. Mr. Lee always reads him as snide and arrogant - that's the easy way, since Godwyn is a bit of a snake, but I think if he'd been read as he had been written, it would have been more interesting. Otherwise, I liked the characterizations.
I enjoyed this new book as much as I did Pillars of the Earth. Follet's characters come to life and are easily imagined. You won't be disappointed.
I wished this series would go on and on. I loved the story of the cathedral, but also loved watching the character traits get passed down along the generations of the families involved in its history.
I have never listened to a historical book but this book and the Pillars of Earth have me hooked! Great listen you won't be disappointed.
This was a very good book, that never seemed to end. I enjoyed learning about live in England way back when. Great value, but it did go on and on.
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