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  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,014

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. 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 also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Timeless Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read Ken Folletts "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" many years ago when they first came out and loved every minute of the stories. Recently I thought it would be interesting to listen to them on audio and see if they still had the same impact on me as they did originally. John Lee's narration brought the story alive. It was like revisiting old friends. The stories are an amazing history with unforgettable characters. I have to say these books are my favorites of all time. Ken Follett's beautifully crafted story keeps one's interest all the way through and I was almost sad when it ended. Though I'm not one who is religious in any way, the unfolding of the power struggles between the church and the state, at the time, is so revealing and illustrates how the common people get caught in the middle of their squabbles for power. The personal struggles of the people and their desire for choices in their lives are touching and even relevant to the world today. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Pharaoh Key

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096

Gideon Crew - brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer - is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn's high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions shuts down seemingly overnight. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in EES's final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love it...

  • By Steve Manke on 06-15-18

Excruciating

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Preston and Child are my favorite writers. Unfortunately, they seem to be running out of stories that are entertaining. I guess that isn't surprising considering their long career and so many really great books in the past. I seem to be returning quite a few of their books lately, which is disappointing. This is so bad that I couldn't listen to anymore beyond their discussion with the camel sellers. Frankly, up to that point the story is boring, the characters are not likable and the story drags. The narrator drones. I'm hoping Preston/Child will recharge and get back to their great story writing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,370

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Uninspired

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Two of my favorite books of all time are Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End". So I was excited to hear that he had written another sequel. However, it really falls short of the first two in my opinion. I really connected with the characters in the first two, but found the ones in this book rather one dimensional and I really couldn't feel any connection to them. As usual, Mr. Follett's historical research is excellent, though. I've gotten more than half way through and have decided not to finish it. I have found it boring and ponderous. I keep feeling that he wasn't really as inspired in his writing as he was in the first two novels. Certainly it is a real glimpse into the religious intolerance that still continues to this day and how politically oriented it all is. But without characters one can feel something for it seems almost like a school history book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ararat

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 514

Christopher Golden's Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong - on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring, newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside...and what they discover will change everything. The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah's Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story

  • By Shaymus on 10-19-17

Horrible characters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really tried to like this, but the characters were so obnoxious or just plain weak that I didn't care what they were doing or what happened to them. The story drags on without getting anywhere interesting. I just had to give up about half way through because it just seemed to be a story about unappealing people who just got worse as it went along.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,307

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

My All Time Favorite Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I read "Pillars of the Earth" when it first came out and loved it. So, it was like visiting an old friend to listen to it on Audible. It is such a broad, encompassing story that it is hard to review. For me, there is so much to this historical novel that it is hard to pinpoint what I love the most about it. First, the narration is wonderful. All the characters, whether you love or hate them, are characterized magnificently. Every time I read or listen to this book there is a new revelation to me, which makes it a timeless classic. There is such a variation in the characters. Even though the villains are despicable, you can also understand them. None of the characters are black and white, but presented in various shades of gray. The entire story is multi-dimensional. It is not predictable in any way. Though I am not a religious person, the religious history is fascinating because the story makes it easy to see the historical perspective of the common people being totally under the control of the Church and the Aristocracy. Though there are dark and heart wrenching episodes in the book, it is also very uplifting. You can feel the joy of those who are breaking out of the status quo of the times and doing something unique and different. It is a long book, but also one in which I felt a loss when it ended. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Ken Follett has written a book that has gone down in history as one of the top novels ever written. I like historical fiction and non fiction because no matter what things are like presently one can see how much the world has gotten better over time.

  • TheTiger's Prey

  • A Novel of Adventure
  • By: Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations. But just as the winds propel his sails, passion drives his heart. Turning his ship toward the unknown, Tom Courtney will ultimately find his destiny - and lay the future for the Courtney family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • takes me back to the original trilogy!

  • By Michelle on 11-20-17

Early Courtney adventures continue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I decided before I listened to this to go back and listen/read each of the early Courteney books in order. It had been such a long time since they first came out that I wanted to catch up on the characters again, so I could remember who was who. So, I ended that trek down memory lane with Blue Horizon, thinking thinking that Tiger's Prey would be the next installment because it was written so much later. However, as I started listening, I realized that Blue Horizon actually comes after this one. Go figure? Some of the characters that were killed off in Blue Horizon are still around in Tiger's Prey and are an integral part of the story. I have mixed feelings about Wilbur Smith's novels. I love the adventures, but I am really turned off by the graphic violence and the graphic sex becomes quite boring. At least I can fast forward past those parts. They are really swashbucklers and the characters are interesting. Mike Grady is an excellent narrator and captures each character really well and makes them multi-dimensional. I like historical fiction and non fiction because it always makes me realize that no matter how we view our present times I realize how lucky we are to live now and how much life has improved.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

Headed back to the original story lines

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Each time Childs/Preston have a new book coming out I am hopeful that they will get back to their original story lines of Pendergast and D'Agosta solving mysterious and uncanny crimes. So, this one is headed back in the direction that originally intrigued me. It was nice that Pendergast's family angst wasn't part of this story, except at the very end when he went to see Constance. Unfortunately, this story seemed like it was written hastily and, as other reviewers have mentioned, didn't have the twists and turns that they originally created in their novels. I actually figured out who the murderer was in the first third of the book. The chase scene of the human prey is so hackneyed and has been used by other authors too many times, But, at least they are headed back in the direction of the team using their diverse skills to solve a crime. I always love it when Pendergast and D'Agosta team up and sort of play off of each other. I'd love to see them do more like "Relic" which is my favorite,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Typhoon Fury

  • The Oregon Files, Book 12
  • By: Clive Cussler, Boyd Morrison
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Hired to search for a collection of paintings worth half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon soon find themselves in much deeper waters. Not only is the vicious leader of a Filipino insurgency using them to finance his attacks, but he has stumbled upon one of the most lethal secrets of World War II - a Japanese-developed drug, designed, but never used, to turn soldiers into superwarriors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet...Loved it!

  • By Cheri L on 11-21-17

Not one of the best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I love the Oregon Files books, but this one not so much. I found the story boring and a little too far fetched. It almost felt like I was listening to a Marvel Comics book. Scott Brick is great, as usual, but the story wasn't very appealing to me. Maybe Clive Cussler is grasping at straws to come up with a new adventure?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,540

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

I can feel the ice moving under my feet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This was a free audiobook from Don Katz's 20th Audible anniversary and what a gift! I couldn't stop listening. I even had to look out my window to make sure it wasn't snowing here. LOL The combination of Simon Prebble reading Alfred Lansing's incredible story made it so real. Taken from the diaries and journals written by Shackleton and his crew you feel the cold and the instability of the ice flow. This was the most amazing true story of endurance in a hostile climate that I've ever read. I had just finished listening to "Forever On the Mountain" by James Tabor and the contrast between the bickering men of the Denali climb compared to the rough cohesiveness of the Shackleton expedition speaks to why some survive and some die. This is a book I'll have to listen to again and again. It really speaks to the human spirit of adventure, discovery and survival in such a hostile land. I couldn't wait for the end to see what happened to them, but at the same time I didn't want it to end. I felt as if I was right there, with them. I felt the fear, the cold and the determination. This review is written for the 20th anniversary review sweepstakes, but I would have written it anyway. I can't recommend it highly enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Boring for me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Any additional comments?

After reading the glowing reviews, I was disappointed in how slow moving and basically boring this book was to me. I could only listen for about an hour, waiting for it to get better until I finally gave up. Maybe one has to be into mountain climbing to appreciate it? Or into Nazis? Me, it didn't hold any interest in either story line (past and future). Purchased on a two for one sale, which I've found don't often have the best of books available.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful