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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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    Marvin R. Pierce Melbourne, VIC Australia 10-19-17
    Marvin R. Pierce Melbourne, VIC Australia 10-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The story goes on... "

    I was mesmerised by the first book and the story goes on. Once again, I found it to be a thoroughly entertaining listen. I hooked so, I've purchased the next book in the trilogy.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great writing, but promotes moral abuguity."

    I thought the story, much to strongly, promoted a homosexual lifestyle. The author could have easily left this aspect out of the book.

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    Julie Nielsen San Ramon, CA 10-09-17
    Julie Nielsen San Ramon, CA 10-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall enjoyable "

    Throughly enjoyed Ken Follett's World Without End and would have no complaints but for some reason the recording in different spots in the first half of the book skipped. Not enough to miss any of the story but irritating nonetheless.

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    PhilRoe Connecticut 10-07-17
    PhilRoe Connecticut 10-07-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Great storyline "

    Love listening to John Lee he adds so much to the story. Pillars is the best so far but this one is a close second. So enjoy historical fiction.

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    Brigitte 10-07-17
    Brigitte 10-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "LOOONG, but good enough that I almost finished it"

    Suuper repetitive. He kept repeating things over and over to the point where you might think that these were all separate books and bc he was constantly recapping what happened. but no! It's all the same book and know exactly what happened to her because I just read it a half an hour ago. also, there were a lot of sex scenes which were super unattractive and clearly written by a man. Every time I read them I rolled my eyes and skip to the next chapter.

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    Bob and Cindy Biltz 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Master storyteller without equal"

    Follett is without equal. Sequel to "Pillars of the Earth" rivals the original. This work brings to us the visceral experience of medieval life and the horrors of the world wide plague known as the Black Death and the advent of modern medicine. Stupendous literary achievement. Cannot recommend more highly.

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    kenneth holberger 09-29-17
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    "Pretty good. "

    It was engaging but was starting to get predictable and repetitive by halfway through. I was wondering how many more of the little plot vignettes there would be before it wrapped up. It's been decades since I read the first and I think I'll wait at least a few months before reading/ listening to the third one.

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    Linda 09-29-17
    Linda 09-29-17
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    "A Medieval Potboiler"

    I was not bowled over by Pillars of the Earth, the way some people were, but I enjoyed it and looked forward to listening to World Without End. The later Middle Ages is a favorite time period of mine, and with Pillars, I appreciated that Follet maintained some historical accuracy alongside his artistic license.

    WWE has some historical accuracy, as in key battles with the French, suspicions of murder in the death of King Edward II, and the role of plague in ending feudalism. So far, so good. Beyond that, it's as if the author was working from a list: "How to Write a Mass Market Medieval Epic." Evil overlords, check. Devilish monks, check. Beautiful and buxom women, check. For today's audience, graphic scenes of sex and violence, and animal abuse. (I don't object to sex and violence in books. I only ask that it not be gratuitous. Detailed instructions on how to skin a man alive and depictions of a woman becoming aroused while being raped - three times, was it? - failed the test.) Add a suspiciously modern sensibility in some of the main characters and you can see the cable miniseries coming.

    I expected far more character development in a book this long, but instead got caricature. The bad guys are relentlessly evil, with no real complexity. The good guys, if not quite as simplistic, are definitely noble, even while behaving badly. I note in particular the prioress openly living with her lover in the prior's palace. (I get that one of the effects of plague was the widespread temporary abandonment of society's strictures, but that the prioress received no censure from the Church and continued to be revered as a near saint by the populace over-stretched my credulity.) The result was that I did not much care for any of the characters, and was actually more irritated than not by one of the primary good characters.

    There are too many long passages that don't seem to advance the narrative, and much repetition. The former might help explain the latter, but in that case, as an author, you should ask yourself why you have to keep revisiting previously detailed events. Is there a flow problem? Is the book ponderous? Yes and yes, in my opinion.

    Minor quibbles: the "mystery" was anemic and the resolution left me shrugging. Follet's use of "shagging" and "in a snit" should not have survived the editing process.

    I did enjoy, as I did with Pillars, the details of the technology of the time. I would have liked more of that, and less of the supposed romance.

    The narrator is five star, and made the story sound better than it is.

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    Rgr Parkton, MD, US 09-25-17
    Rgr Parkton, MD, US 09-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical fiction at its finest"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hated for it to end. The plot was unpredictable and interesting. The narrator was perfect. I highly recommend!

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    Sue 09-18-17
    Sue 09-18-17
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    "Loved every minute! "

    The writing and the performance are captivating! So well done!! Column of Fire is queued up!

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