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World Without End Audiobook

World Without End

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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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    Mayte a coruña, Spain 04-25-10
    Mayte a coruña, Spain 04-25-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book and narrator"

    Iloved it , both Pillars and World without end are fantastic and combined with the sensual voice of John Lee were amazing.
    Totally recomended

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    shirley K. Bigham 04-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "the best"

    I wish there were another sequel to this. Fansastic!

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    Marchwind1949 Reading, MA United States 03-31-10
    Marchwind1949 Reading, MA United States 03-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Follett Does it Again!"

    I first listened to Pillars of The Earth and loved it completely. World without end is just as good if not better! Narrator John Lee brings it to life and I finished it in less than a week!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Dunnigan 03-27-10
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    "Loved It"

    Great listen! Worth every moment. This is a don't miss if you like historical fiction.

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    Phyllis Lutz, FL, United States 02-13-10
    Phyllis Lutz, FL, United States 02-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best I have ever read."

    This book has it all. Villains and heroes, nobility and serfs, dreamers and pragmatists, violence and love, hope and despair. Every reading interruption was almost painful and I could not wait to get back to hear more. Mr. Follett uses his knowledge of history and architecture as an engaging backdrop to aid in our understanding of the way of life and the difficult decisions that were necessary to basic survival. I highly recommend this to any and all that enjoy reading a terrific story while learning something of the culture of that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawgirlamy Milwaukee, WI United States 01-04-10
    Lawgirlamy Milwaukee, WI United States 01-04-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Follow-Up to Pillars"

    I loved this book. The detail made me feel like I was there (and thankful for the modern advances in medicine and technology we enjoy!). This detail, together with great character development and shifting protagonists as the story unfolded make this book one of the most engaging I've ever listened to. It followed extremely well on Pillars. I'd love to see another one set in the same town 100 or 200 years later.

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    Christine Harper 11-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Childish, misogynistic and completely unbelievable"

    I read Pillars of the Earth in high school and absolutely loved it. The horror that was my experience of listening to the first half of this sequel has made it necessary for me to re-evaluate that opinion. Maybe Follett's writing appealed to a 15-year old girl, because it could have come from the pen (MacBook, whatever) of a 15-year old girl. To be fair, I stopped listening halfway through--about the time that one of the principal female character's rape turned into consensual sex mid-act FOR THE SECOND TIME (with different assailants, mind you)--so it is just barely possible that what comes later somehow salvages what I suffered through. But I doubt it.

    I love good historical fiction, but what Follett has produced here is neither good history nor good fiction. He has given modern-day characters with modern-day beliefs and speech medieval names and dropped them into a medieval setting (or perhaps it's a parallel universe. That might begin to explain things). I shouldn't say modern, really, however. Follett's tendency to insert nymphomaniacs into his work (I made the mistake of reading one of his novels set in the modern-day and came across the same character) smacks of 1940's and 50's pulp fiction.

    For all lovers of truly good historical fiction, steer clear of this disaster. I'm still angry about the 20 hours I lost to this dressed-up bodice ripper, and it's been three years since I was first exposed.

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    Frank Maplewood, NJ, United States 11-12-09
    Frank Maplewood, NJ, United States 11-12-09
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    "Is this the one that Oprah liked?"


    I usually hate to read a book that the rest of the world is reading but I started this on a paperback and actually switched back and forth between the book and the audio depending on my mood. It's a great book - but not my favorite.

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    Lissa Edison, NJ, United States 10-30-09
    Lissa Edison, NJ, United States 10-30-09
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    "Great sequel"

    Great follow up for "Pillars of the Earth."
    Good narrator (I was extremely happy to find it's the same one they used for Pillars) engrossing story...maybe a little too much violence involving animals for me in both books, but these stories were both good enough that I could get past it. (I just chose to fast forward the mp3 player in a few places...)

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    Tara San Antonio, TX 10-29-09
    Tara San Antonio, TX 10-29-09 Member Since 2014

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    "great characters and narration"

    This is by far one of my favorite books of all time. The story is made great by it's characters and the narrator does an excellent job bringing them all to life. I love this book and highly recommend it.

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