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World Without End | [Ken Follett]

World Without End

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.
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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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  • Leila
    Neffiés, France
    7/18/11
    Overall
    "absolutely brillans"

    once you get into this book could not stop listening, although very long completly absorbing I even have learnt about building churches!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snibla64
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    6/27/11
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    "World Without End"

    I saw Pillars of the Earth as the TV dramatization and so eagerly bought this sequal from Audible. I'm only half way through so far but totally hooked and (almost) long for the next part of my long daily commute so I can "read" on.
    John Lees naration is excellent and brings Follets characters to life with the passion of someone who seems to genuinely enjoy the book rather than just reading the words.
    A must for Pillars fans. Can't wait for the TV version of this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey
    London, United Kingdom
    6/3/11
    Overall
    "Highly reccommended"

    This book was lovely and long, wonderfully narrated and very interesting. I was sorr when it ended. I would definitely reccommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bhavna
    London, United Kingdom
    5/2/11
    Overall
    "Nice book"

    I can listen to it in the car, when I'm running and when I'm cooking.

    For first time listener this really a good book to pickup. Nice to not get wrist strain from the paperback. Desperately seeking something to replace now - a big task! I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edwina
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    4/19/11
    Overall
    "Most enjoyable"

    Whether you have already read The Pillars of the Earth matters not as this book stands alone.
    An excellent, intriguing, densely-plotted novel with well drawn characters makes for addictive listening so if you're short on time, choose another book until you have the leisure to give it your full attention.
    I've given it four, rather than five stars as the narrator, who is in the main excellent, has some rather odd pronunciations at times which I find really annoying - but that's probably a very personal thing.
    Well worth the price and the time it will take you to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
    Overall
    "Good but very similar to Pillars of the Earth"

    I know the saying if it aint broke don't try to fix it, but does this apply to novels? Don't get me wrong i have really enjoyed listening to this audio book, its well read and its a lot of listening but the formulaic writing does amaze me. Ken Follett has almost written the same book again but just changed some names and dates. Its a good thing that Pillars of the Earth was so enjoyable that listening to it again with some minor changes still counts as time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nils
    Ølstykke, Denmark
    5/19/11
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    "Story Without End"

    Ken Follet is an efficient writer, ever bringing in new plots involving scheming characters into the long epic tale. However, the devious hippocrites are extremely devious and hippocritical and full of malice, whereas the good guys (and girls by all means) are innocently being subjected to the aforementioned characters. I am amazed at the mature level of consciousness of psychology expressed wordlessly by high and low folk, but find it rather unconvincing. Even schemers aren't that scheming in my experience. To keep the hussars happy, sexual intercourses - and more or less competent attempts - are described in rather explicit detail at surprisingly regular intervals. Does Ken Follet fear to lose our interest in the fate of the characters, I wonder. The feeling of being manipulated by Follet crops up every now and again.

    I find the narrator occasionally reinforcing the over-interpretation of some of the characters, leaving rather too little for the listener conclude for himself. Pity. But his diction is clear and precise - three cheers for that.

    Am I being unfair to author and narrator? Possibly, as I find I need a break before finding out what happens to the vast array of people inhabiting Kingsbridge - good and bad.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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