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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An epic tale that spans generations. Historically euthentic, compulsive storyline, wonderfully narrated. I didn't want it to end.
"World Without End"
Certainly value for money with over 44 hours of content. Having read its predecessor Pillars of the Earth, and this being my first Audible purchase, it was interesting to experience the two different mediums. I did enjoy the book but maybe I did not get on with this narrator. I found my attention wandering, which it certainly didn't with the book. Maybe some books are more suited to audible than others and maybe I will enjoy some narrators more than others so I will be picking my next audible book carefully.
So not such a great rating for the audible version, but if you liked the Pillars of the Earth, do not let this put you off, because if you liked the first then you will probably like this also.
"World Without End"
I was not entirerly convinved about audiobooks, especially lengthy ones, until I listened to this. The story follows the lives of four individuals who meet by chance at the outset and follows their stories through the years as they intersect with each other. Set against the colourful backdrop of England during the 100 years war we see the place each of these four people play in the world of their time. Edward III is in the throne and his scheming mother Isabella of France features in the story as does the fighting in France and the arrival of bubonic plague. We follow their stories and see how the small town of Kingsbridge survives through troubles and illness and eventually prosperes despite everything.
This was a long listen but it felt like the opposite. I looked forward to my daily commute just to hear more. A brilliantly read story of life, love and tribulation.
This is a perfect book to listen to while sewing or knitting as it is so long (& well read) that time just flys by. Great characters, story line and the readers voice was perfect. Get it now! You won't be sorry :)
"wonderful tale, very well told"
This is a stunning book and was always going to be a fabulous audiobook. It is well read in engaging style. It is long, but as a real page turner in print it keeps you hanging on to hear what happens next. I was glad to find it in unabridged format...I get really irritated with how much key stuff the abridged versions always leave out. Heartily recommended for making those long journeys pass unnoticed or making the housework bearable.
"Same place, different story"
If you liked Pillars of the Earth you will like WWE. Same place, 200 years later. Different time period but just as interesting to historical readers.
Great book, well researched and an enjoyable read. Presented from the point of view of very different cultures, societies and times, but managed to give each a non judjmental viewpoint. Norator is great as well. Good voice and he really well defines characters by giving them distinct accents and intonations. My second audio book with the same author and nirator as the first one and it is 5 stars as just as with any other good book I didn't want to stop listening. :)
"very much a Follett"
If you like Ken Follets work you'll love this. A bit heavy going in parts but they may just be due to the narrators voice. 45 odd hours long its certainly one for the audiobook hardcore.
"World without end"
Ken Follett and the narrator John Lee combine to present a period story and a genuine page turner. The characters, goodies and baddies, are well formed and credible as are the descriptions of the life and times in which the book is set. The technical elements and inventions of the hero do not jar as incredible. I sympathised with the ideas of craftmanship, care and compassion as elements of the story in its historical setting. Definitely recommended. Techiepeter.
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