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)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I loved Pillars but I found the storyline and characters in this book very frustrating. The characters you root for never seem to catch a break and the ones you loath get the best of it everytime.
I am looking forward to reading (listening) Ken Follett's next book about castles, cathedrals, and serfs. His mysteries are excellent, but are surpassed by his venture into old England.
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