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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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    d.knoper 11-27-07
    d.knoper 11-27-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping from start to finish"

    I have listened or read so many different books that I feel shocked that I have found a book that I wish it could slow down so that I could enjoy the sorrel reality that the author has created. Ken Follett gives you a book that allows you to grow with the characters through the hard and good times. This book has raised the bar and has put in motion a new type of epic story telling. Buy this book and let yourself become enchanted by the drama, fear, love and hate that Ken Follett has created in a story like no other author of this time has.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wilfredo Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-25-09
    Wilfredo Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-25-09 Member Since 2011
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    "About half as good as the first"

    I loved Pillars of the Earth. I figured that if this was half as good as the first, then it would be worth it. Well, it was half as good. The characters were the strength of the first book. These weren't as developed and were one-dimensional to a point. Still a good read that had me engaged at parts, but overall it felt kind of long.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 04-20-08
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 04-20-08 Member Since 2005
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    "An easy listen"

    True to the Follet form. But as enjoyable as it was, it got tedious and predictable. The last two hours dragged on and the ending quite anticlimatic.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted 02-07-08
    Ted 02-07-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Exquisite"

    Riveting tale of how life was lived in the 14th century. How Follett dealt with the plague was fascinating. Also compelling was how he showed the Catholic church as so corrupt. The book seems long compared with others, but you'll fly through it, and wish there were more!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 02-07-08
    laurie eller the South 02-07-08 Member Since 2007

    it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.

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    "Excellent in its own way."

    World was excellent in its own way but if you were expecting World to be like Pillars, you might be upset with what you get. I wasn't terribly let down but I certainly did not think that it was as gripping as Pillars, but honestly, is ANY sequel as good as its first? No. Not really. As much as I enjoyed World, I cannot give it five stars like Pillars but there are few books that take you body and soul like Pillars. Don't be dismayed by World, definitely take a listen. You'll enjoy it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 10-31-07
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 10-31-07 Member Since 2017

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    "Medieval Withdrawals"

    Bad cold; time off from work; trouble sleeping. My medicine was 94 hours in the 12th and 14th centuries. It was a wonderful cure. Now what gets me over medieval withdrawals? If you are looking for a grand escape from your current reality (and also want to feel some gratitude for your 21st century life and times) go for both Pillars of the Earth and this sequel.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 01-18-09
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 01-18-09 Member Since 2003

    Audible Member Since 2003

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    "Book Without End"

    If you loved PILLARS OF THE EARTH, then it is likely you will enjoy WORLD WITHOUT END. It seems as if Ken Follet took the same recipe of his first success and snapped it together for this follow-up. All of the same ingredients are there; a beleaguered female protagonist with a not-so-loveable brother, her love interest, covetous power-lust for the earldom of Shiring, an ambitious building project, duplicitous clerics and plenty of despotic nobility. Sprinkle in some gore with equal measures of sex, add a few scenes of rape and stew in some omnipresent ale. At the end, reveal a long-hidden secret, and VOILA - a sequel emerges.

    Really it does not matter which book you listen to first. Basically, they are one in the same.

    I did enjoy listening to this 45-hour book. But added to the 40-hour prequel, really - enough is enough.

    John Lee is a very talented reader and he does, in my opinion, make the listening pleasurable. If you are a fan of this reader, I recommend listening to A FINE BALANCE - an incredible piece of writing. WORLD WITHOUT END certainly is not great literature, but an engaging story that seems to, as the title suggests, never end.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 01-24-08
    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 01-24-08
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    "A re-hash"

    Pillars of the Earth is a very entertaining and compelling story told with great narration, but this book is almost a mirrow image of the above mentioned book, narration is good, story is very similar.
    If you listen to one, perhaps you should by-pass the second one, in my opinion, Pillars of the Earth is by far the better book

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Carlson 05-12-08
    Roy Carlson 05-12-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Not recommended..."

    I was very disappointed. This gifted writer let his need to enlist his penchant for an excessive amount of detailed sexual encounters destroy what would have been an outstanding fiction/history novel. Be prepared to "fast-forward" through the smut.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Effelle 10-30-07
    Effelle 10-30-07
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    "Ken Follett does it again!"

    Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth in book form kept me engrossed from start to finish. He's done it again! I haven't even finished listening to part 3 and I give this five stars. I thought I might regret getting the audiobook instead of the novel, but John Lee's narration brings it to life. When I stop listening and open my eyes, I'm almost surprised to see that I'm in the 21st century!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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