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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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    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10
    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Formulaic, but Rich and Enjoyable"

    After reading the first book in the two-part series, I found this book had similar characters in it to the first one (although it took place several generations later). But it was still very enjoyable, interlaced with interesting bits of history, and an engrossing story.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 10-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Sequel"

    This sequel to Pillars of the Earth was just as good, which is not common. Follett delivered another great adventure.

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    Donna 10-18-10
    Donna 10-18-10

    Growing up in England, surrounded by amazing literature, I was devastated when my eyesight made reading difficult. Audible is truly a gift.

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    "Immerse yourself in this magnificent book."

    I enjoyed every minute of this. I read Pillars of the Earth first and fell in love with Follett's ability to tell a great story and put it all in great historical context. He writes of rich characters with all of man's faults and highest aspirations.

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    09-26-10
    09-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent"

    Love the characters. Love the story. Love the history. Loved the first book PILLARS. Great writing.

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    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 09-25-10
    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2013

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    "Not a disappointmenrt"

    After Pillars of the Earth I did not think that the sequel could rival it but I am really enjoying my ride to work listening to this book. It is as well written and very enjoyable.

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    Judy B Greenbank, WA USA 09-08-10
    Judy B Greenbank, WA USA 09-08-10 Member Since 2005
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    "it just would neither start, nor end!!!"

    This book was sooo incredibly boring! I was shocked. I loved the preceeding book, but just couldn't get into this one!

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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 08-18-10
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 08-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Tiresome"

    Like the pillars of the earth the story gets tiresome. Same as pillars, the story revolves around a few characters and the their misfortunes. Same plot of building and rape the story gets boring. 40 hrs of listening to this nonsense gets into your nerves.

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    Heather Amarillo, TX, United States 08-07-10
    Heather Amarillo, TX, United States 08-07-10
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    "Ken Follett is now on my favorite author list"

    I've been engaged in the hearing of lots of audiobooks, but this one and Pillars of the Earth are the best ever. Do not let the length daunt you. They are incredibly written, and I cannot believe I waited so long to listen.

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    jennifer hardeeville, SC, United States 08-02-10
    jennifer hardeeville, SC, United States 08-02-10
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    "Great Book"

    The characters are just as good as Pillars of the Earth. I do wish there was more time spent on the connections to the characters in Pillars but other than that small detail, I enjoyed this from beginning to end!

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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 08-01-10
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2011

    History enthusiast with military and legal background.

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    "Pretty lame book"

    Wow, this was so boring that I couldn't get past the first four hours. The plot line was so similar to the first book that it was laughable. It woudl be more interesting to read a text book on how to build a medeival brige than plowing through this book.

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