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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)

What Members Say

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    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09
    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Another credit well spent"

    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.

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    M. Solis Yucatan, MX 06-05-09
    M. Solis Yucatan, MX 06-05-09 Member Since 2007

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    "A book without end"

    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.

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    DanH 06-02-09
    DanH 06-02-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "I liked it....nuff said"

    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.

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    Megan San Diego, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Megan San Diego, CA, USA 05-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Book"

    A beautifully written, touching and inspiring saga narrated with passion.

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    Suzanne SF Bay Area USA 05-24-09
    Suzanne SF Bay Area USA 05-24-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging Listen"

    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.

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    Victoria Portland, OR, USA 05-09-09
    Victoria Portland, OR, USA 05-09-09
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    "Great Sequel"

    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.

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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved both books in the series"

    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.

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    Ellen 04-20-09
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    "Fantastic Book"

    I am really enjoying this audio book. The author has written it very well and the narrator is fantastic. I will be sorry when it ends.

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    MIS Student tucson, az United States 03-27-09
    MIS Student tucson, az United States 03-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the historial aspects"

    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.

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    JVRK Long Beach, CA United States 03-26-09
    JVRK Long Beach, CA United States 03-26-09 Member Since 2009

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    "The audio book wihtout end"

    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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