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World Without End Audiobook

World Without End

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Publisher's Summary

Murder, intrigue, plague, and pestilence all play a part in this stunning sequel to the international best seller The Pillars of the Earth.

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.

As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.

Ken Follett’s masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions with its compelling drama of war, passion, and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. Now World Without End takes listeners back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women, and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

©2007 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin US

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    Gwen Barber 02-01-15
    Gwen Barber 02-01-15
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    "great, loved the book, can't wait to read more"
    Where does World Without End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top of the list


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    started slow but through the middle and end could not stop listening


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    mervyn


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vincent West Footscray, Australia 12-28-13
    vincent West Footscray, Australia 12-28-13

    I like reading but never seem to have the time so audio books are a great solution for me.

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    "Pulled into the vortex of the 13th century..."
    What made the experience of listening to World Without End the most enjoyable?

    The integrity of the characters was faultless. That's a big deal because you never say to yourself "that character wouldn't do that" - has a result the story keeps pulling you in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    The demise of a VERY evil character. Don't worry, I'm spoiling nothing because there are MANY evil characters in this book!!


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I could have one wish in the "I'd love to meet" fantasy it would be to meet John Lee. What an AMAZING man. I can 'hear' every character in this book AND I can hear every emotion that those characters are conveying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen to audio books as I am working and the were numerous times that this book literally made me gasp with surprise. Seriously!


    Any additional comments?

    This book certainly has it's 'sprinkle' of soap opera but it's only a sprinkle. As this book started out I actually thought I had chosen badly, it just wasn't 'my thing' - WRONG. I'm so glad I went one or two chapters more!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Italy 04-24-13
    Marco Italy 04-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Fantasy geek, literature lover!

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    "John Lee does a great job"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The performance is excellent and the plot is engaging. Maybe this novel doesn't shine like Pillars of the Earth, but it's worthwhile to read it,


    What other book might you compare World Without End to and why?

    Its predecessor, "Pillars of the Earth". Same pacing, same kind of characters with motivations and psychological background.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The women in general. Gwenda, Caris, Lady Philippa, the abbess... he has a certain skill to make them alive and real while his voice is definitely male.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "What Real Aristocracy Is", or something of the kind. One of the themes is the downfall of aristocrats and peasants, the ascendancy of some and the despair of others. Ralph has his own notion of what being an aristocrat is, his brother Merthin another. It's interesting to see the "new" mentality develop (and we are still struggling today with this idea that there's a "divine" right to something... people would not acknowledge this, but they behave like Ralph most of the time).


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance by John Lee. A must if into Ken Follett or historical novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Brisbane, Australia 11-26-12
    Sophie Brisbane, Australia 11-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Sequel To Pillars"

    While this book isn't quite as good as Pillars of the Earth I would still recommend it. It follows a similar format to Pillars, in that in chronicles the lives of well developed characters over a long span of time. Very well narrated and worth the long listen. For those who haven't read Pillars of the Earth, do that before reading World Without End.

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    Renate 06-05-12
    Renate 06-05-12

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    "Great listening, I love historical fiction"
    Where does World Without End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to too many audio books at this stage but I found it very enjoyable.
    Well narrated and fast paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Redan Croxton East, Australia 09-27-12
    Redan Croxton East, Australia 09-27-12
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    "Over the top"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is a very cynical view of the life of faith. It makes a mockery of all that is good and pure and decent and promotes all the basest aspects of human nature. Its" anything goes if you can get what you want" attitude really put me off. Apparently there is no right or wrong and no where to draw the line. I cannot recommend it to anyone. It started as an interesting story and just got boring.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    2/19/15
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    "a great book"

    This is a very good listen with strong characters and story lines. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    1/19/11
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    "Long....but worth it!!"

    Although this is a very long book at 45 hours, it is worth it in the end. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well written and well narrated. Some content is definately unsuitable for youngers ears though some be warned.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Salford, United Kingdom
    3/16/12
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    "First audiobook I've given up on"

    I bought this after seeing the television adaption of "Pillars of the Earth." I got to the second part of the download and gave in. I could not buy in to these characters existing in the 14th century. The main characters' outlook and dialogue at times felt anachronistic. The main dislike for myself was the high frequency of the explicit sex scenes - a bit more moving forward with the plot would have been preferable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Near Abingdon, United Kingdom
    10/20/11
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    "The 14th century brought to life!"

    This is a beautifully read and fascinating story of life in the 14th century. Following on from the previous story Pillars of the Earth it follows the story of the fictional town of Kingsbridge and the lives of its inhabitants. I was spellbound by the descriptions of life during the plague and also how the lords ruled their villeins and serfs. Recommended highly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Josey
    5/12/16
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    "Brilliant story, brilliantly read"

    Thoroughly recommended, the story is brilliant, the reading is clear and expressive and the sound quality excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Moore
    Redditch UK
    4/15/16
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    "Great story"

    An epic sequel to pillars of the earth. Plague, rape, murder, heresy trials... It's all there and more. Feel like I've lost some good friends and to me that's a sign of a truly great book. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • little bobs mum and dad
    2/23/16
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    "Effortlessly brilliant!"
    What made the experience of listening to World Without End the most enjoyable?

    The alchemy of wonderful writing along with a pitch perfect narration made this one of my favourite books to listen to. The story is involving and moves around the central characters with ease, it never felt disjointed. The story also moves along quickly, which is rare in a large epic tome like this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of real historical events (plague, war etc) with fictional characters works brilliantly - it makes the story feel more authentic. I really enjoyed the weaving of all the plots and sub-plots, and how they all come together in the end - it was very satisfying.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are numerous small victory scenes in the book - I do love it when the good or little guy triumphs over the bad guy, however small a victory this may be.The book is a great exploration of power - church, state, men, women - in a time of great change.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find myself getting very carried away, and I did want to listen to more - at this length it was sadly impossible. I was very sad it ended, I could have listened to more!


    Any additional comments?

    A special mention has to go to the narrator, John Lee, who makes this an effortless listen. I never lost the thread of the story, and always knew who was speaking. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another book narrated by him. Ken Follett has written a great book, and it has only been enhanced by the excellent production. A triumph!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. Farrington
    UK
    1/23/16
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    "Compulsive listening"
    Where does World Without End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read Pillars of the Earth. Listening to World without End was a natural progression, but my first experience of Audible book.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Clear, concise.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sadness that so many lives were lost to the plague


    Any additional comments?

    World Without End would make a good film!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    12/5/15
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    "One of my favourite books"

    This is my second time listening to this book and it's even better second time. I love following the lives of the villagers. The narration is my favourite... It's long book but it kept my interest from start to finish. I've been listening to it every spare minute I get. The only people glad the book is finished are me family cause 'they've got me back now'. I would recommend this book (although not one for youngsters).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Head Coach
    UK
    10/21/15
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    "Not one of his best"

    I've read or listened to quite a few Ken Follett novels. Even though they are all enormous, this is the first one which really seemed too long.

    He spells out things very slowly and often repeats what's happened earlier as if the reader is too stupid to have understood it. He signals plot developments so blatantly that you'd also have to be stupid not to know what's going to happen next. More surprises please Ken!

    Having said that, the way he brings history to light is still enjoyable and the reading is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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