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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)

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    Amy agoura Hills, CA, United States 04-18-12
    Amy agoura Hills, CA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Story"

    This is Ken Follett's sequel to the equally compelling and captivating story "Pillars of the Earth". Follett transports you back in time so completely that you truly visualize and experience another time and place. John Lee's performance is stellar; he performs different characters in appropriate voice and really captures the emotions of both female and male parts. I find some of Follett's sexual encounters and delving in the minds of the individual female characters to be unrealistic and tiresome, but overall, the story presents a well-rounded and captivating tale of the time.

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    JustMe Chicago, IL USA 04-16-12
    JustMe Chicago, IL USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fablous Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    John Lee is so amazing I can't imagine the print version being any better than the audio version. This listen kept me riveted the entire time and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. One of my all time audible favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    Honestly, I loved every momen and cant' think of any one scene or moment that stuck out.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee is my favorite narrator by far. I listened to Pillars of the Earth and I just bought Fall of Giants. He and Follett are the perfect combo.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost cried at a few points, some parts were really tragic.


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    Johnnie57 03-28-12
    Johnnie57 03-28-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another solid Novel"
    What other book might you compare World Without End to and why?

    It is very much in the same style as Pillars of the Earth. Generally I felt that it was not quite as good, but still one the best audio books I have heard. Initially it was difficult to keep track of the characters but after the initial portions I was able to get engrossed in the story.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is easily in my top 3 narrators. Have picked books just because he is the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the adventure. I have considered listening to it a second time, even though it is a large investment in time. This is something I almost never do.

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    Denise 03-26-12
    Denise 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect."
    If you could sum up World Without End in three words, what would they be?

    Loved Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book some years ago. The audio version is just as good - if not better.

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    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 03-24-12
    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 03-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent follow on to Pillars."
    What did you love best about World Without End?

    This story and its presentation makes you live in the 15th century. The remarkable power of the church, the threat of eternal damnation, the corruption of governments, drive a story that is as true as it is well written.

    Thank you Ken


    What other book might you compare World Without End to and why?

    Pillars -- its prequil
    Ken Follets new triolgy on the 20th century worl starting with Fall of Giants


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a superb reader and characterizer. His rich, slightly accented english keeps you engaged throughout


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are several moments throughout the love story in the book. But the theme of triumph over all adversity is best.


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    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-23-12
    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Historical Recreation and a Good Story"

    It took me about as long to decide to tackle this long "Book Without End" as it may have taken Mr. Follett to write it. I was very reluctant to commit to the time it would take to listen. However, I really loved Pillars of the Earth and wanted to see what was coming next. I enjoyed being able to go back to this period of time without having to actually GO BACK for real. What a difficult time to be alive! I enjoyed the story and cared about the characters and I had a good time listening while completing a large knitting project. However, I don't think this was as well written as Pillars of the Earth and I didn't find the characters to be as interesting as that book. If you read and enjoyed Pillars of the Earth you will probably want to listen to this, but if you must choose between the two, I think your better bet is Pillars.

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    Beth A. Benoit Chelmsford, MA 03-09-12
    Beth A. Benoit Chelmsford, MA 03-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "45 hours long and I didn't want it to end"

    This book totally absorbed me. Wonderfully written, plot twists every time (except the last) that a happy ending appeared to be in the offing, and a totally satisfactory ending.

    The description of life in the plague years, the state of medicine, and the resulting breakdown of society were very real. The power struggles between nobility and serfs, and between church and state resonated as the beginnings of the society we live in today. Even the questions of nurture versus nature are explored, as traits and talents are passed down one generation to the next.

    I recommend this highly. I don't like Follett's thrillers, but I love his historical fiction. The reader did this extremely well -- it was easy for me to get into the story, and stay there.

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    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-05-12
    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked it, but left me wanting more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    While I didn't read the book (not sure how many times you are going to get an answer here) I love the guy that narrates for Ken Follett's novels. He is my absolute favorite and the guy has major talent, especially in Fall of Giants.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    Loved Merthin as a character, thought that he was just such a lovable character!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    While Alianna was one of my favorite all-time characters, Follett's leading lady in this novel, Caris, made me want to punch her at numerous times through the novel.

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    Jennifer Legler Dahlonega, GA United States 02-14-12
    Jennifer Legler Dahlonega, GA United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the narrator"
    If you could sum up World Without End in three words, what would they be?

    This is the 2nd Ken Follett book I listened to. Personally, I prefer Pillars of the Earth, but Ken Follett does an excellent job tying all the stories together.


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    Kimberly 01-22-12
    Kimberly 01-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Listened Twice"

    I listened to this over a year ago and once again lately. I really enjoyed the book. It is a bit formula but the characters and story are entirely engaging to allow forgivness. I don't think it was as good as Pillars, but close. Don't miss this.

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