We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
World Without End Audiobook

World Without End

Regular Price:$56.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (12444 )
5 star
 (8415)
4 star
 (2976)
3 star
 (728)
2 star
 (192)
1 star
 (133)
Overall
4.6 (6644 )
5 star
 (4678)
4 star
 (1462)
3 star
 (368)
2 star
 (85)
1 star
 (51)
Story
4.7 (6620 )
5 star
 (5276)
4 star
 (1077)
3 star
 (208)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (30)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Maggie New York, NY, United States 06-26-11
    Maggie New York, NY, United States 06-26-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Nice"

    A little disappointing compared to Pillars of the Earth, but still well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 06-03-11
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    114
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    1
    Overall
    "My favorite Ken Follet book"

    I loved its prequel, Pillars of the Earth, but Ioved this one more. What a great story and great reader. I especially love the history lesson you get along with a wonderful and engaging storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nico BOULDER, CO, United States 05-26-11
    Nico BOULDER, CO, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Like Pillars, only..."

    I recently listened to Pillars of the Earth, and it was one of my favorite books ever. The thing about this one is that it is more or less the same book. Follett's research is thorough, and he is a masterful storyteller, so I stayed interested most of the way through. But by the end, I found myself rooting a little bit for the bad guys, just to change things up a bit. I suspect I would have liked it more if I had waited a while after Pillars, but I didn't, so three stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert Columbia, SC, United States 05-24-11
    Robert Columbia, SC, United States 05-24-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Bored Without an End"

    I absolutely loved Pillars. Maybe I was expecting to much, but WWE bored me to no end. I never really identified with the characters, and the storyline lacked pacing. The length is daunting, but I soldiered through the end. If you enjoyed Pillars the novel is worth consideration, but do not expect a compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DEKnits 05-18-11
    DEKnits 05-18-11 Member Since 2004
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    114
    1
    Overall
    "This is the Book Without End"

    I NEVER buy an abridged version if the unabridged version is available. For this book, I wish I had!! It left me wondering if Follett was paid by the word. I did like the first book but was dissappointed that Follett thought he could so easily copy it and expand it by setting it in a different generation. The book lacks depth and seems to trade on the themes that made the first book popular. Read "Pillars" and if you want more, re-read "Pillars."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Evil_Asch 04-30-11
    Evil_Asch 04-30-11 Member Since 2017

    Evil Asch

    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    234
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Long winded rehash of Pillars but done well"

    The narration is solid and the tale enjoyable, although it must be noted and clearly stated that it is largely a somewhat longer winded version of The Pillars of the Earth, which is fine as that's what I expected. An enjoyable and lengthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 04-27-11
    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    342
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "I wish there were a third book in this series..."

    I absolutely loved every minute of this book, as I did with "Pillars of the Earth." John Lee was masterful, and the story was unforgettable. I miss looking forward to hearing it on my drives to and from work, as well as any chance I could get otherwise!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alejandra Spring Hill, KS, United States 04-14-11
    Alejandra Spring Hill, KS, United States 04-14-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    101
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Awesome book! Extraordinary Narrator!"

    Absolutely delightful read, this is the best narrator ever, my husband and I heard it together and could not wait for the next opportunity to keep listening. Get it, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles Wyndmoor, PA, United States 04-01-11
    Charles Wyndmoor, PA, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "book probably good, download won't work"

    book probably good, download won't work. After 2 hours of work and sone online chat its now on the archive list on the kindle and grayed out so that it cannot be selected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-27-11
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-27-11 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Unfortunantly not as good as Pillars of the Earth"

    I have listened to this book after having listened to Pillars of the Earth. I loved the first one but this one I listened without feeling all the things I felt with the first book. There is no great love story, no great acchivements. Ofcourse is hard to write something better after such a good book on the first one, but I expected it would be at least as good.

    For those who haven't read Pillars of the Earth, read it. For all others, not worth reading this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.