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 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and the earlier one, Pillars of the Earth. I learned so much about life in medieval times and was really caught up in the plot and characters. The sex scenes were too vivid for my taste, but the story lines and political intrigue of village life and church hierarchy made up for it. Interesting and engrossing.
If you didn't read Pillars of the Earth, then you will enjoy this book. If you read Pillars, forget this one. It's the same story, same character types, same ecclesial conflicts, etc. And, this one is indeed a "story without end." It goes on and on and on and on and on......just when you think it's finally winding down, the author introduces a new twist. I finished listening to the end, but was relieved when I came to the final chapter. I prefer books that leave me wanting more. For a reader of Pillars, this one will wear you out!
This just picked up where "Pillars of the Earth" left off. I lived another full lifetime through the characters' lives. I felt so familiar with everyone in the story, as if I were a member of the community; if that makes sense. Can I look forward to book #3? There are a few hundred more years to go, you know. Thank you, Mr. Follet.
From the opening paragraph to the end I could not wait to hear the next installment. I have enjoyed many of Follett's tales and this one did not disappoint. The prose was rich and descriptive. I felt that I knew the characters, some of them seemed like my friends. The reader did it justice in tempo and in tone. I enjoyed every minute.
I must admit I was not sure if a book of this size would keep me listening through it all, but I was very impressed. Like Pillers of the Earth I wanted to hear more and learn of all the events that took place for each person in this book. It mirrored the first book a bit but the lives of these new characters still brought new life to the book.
This was a wonderful book, well written and very well read. The reader can make or break an audiobook, and John Lee does a fantastic job.
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