World Without End : The Pillars of the Earth

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: The Pillars of the Earth
  • 45 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Murder, intrigue, plague, and pestilence all play a part in this stunning sequel to the international best seller The Pillars of the Earth.
On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.
As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.
Ken Follett's masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions with its compelling drama of war, passion, and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. Now World Without End takes listeners back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women, and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The marvel that is Pillars of the Earth written by master novelist Ken Follett swept over the world gathering millions of devoted fans and now the sequel is here in full unabridged audiobook, World Without End, narrated by the brilliant John Lee. Four young children hide in the woods and unexpectedly witness the brutal murder of two men. Throughout their lives they feel the constant tug of a powerful connection from the haunting of that fateful event. Then revolutionary change sweeps over the lands and the world they once knew is now more dangerous than ever before. Available now from Audible.

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An Emotional Epic Journey

I loved The Pillars of the Earth and put World Without End off as I could not see how that great book could be matched.
I was wrong.
World Without End keeps the PotE style of writing, but the plotting seems more heavier, more dramatic, more everything really, which some will like and some may not.
OMG, these poor character really do suffer through the story and the reader that inevitability gets attached to the characters, suffer with that agony as well.
Ken Follet may seem to be nasty with the misery that he puts his Characters (and readers) through, but do not let this put you off the book. All Metal in a forge gets stronger through fire and beating of a hammer and the characters in WWE do get stronger through their baptisms of fire.
This is a adult book with adult themes which may shock, but at the same time seem to fit the time period that this grate story is set.

World Without End is a well written period book, with awesome characters, and many many plots with in plots, woven into a classic piece of literature. Like PotE this book will be adapted for Film/TV. (I would put money on that.)

...oh yes the narrator is fantastic. Thank you MR Lee.
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- Apollon

It's a rerun

If you loved Pillars of the Earth, you may very well wish to skip this listen. The characters are distinguishable from those of Pillars only by name. The baddies are the same kind of baddies, doing more or less the same things. Ditto for the "goodies".

Even the plot is more or less the same... this time it's a bridge and a tower, rather than a cathedral. This time the heroine becomes a healer instead of a merchant (though she too starts out this way...) This time the impediment to marriage is forced nun-hood rather than a mistaken marriage. This time, the bad guy is brother to the builder. No wait, that didn't change at all! BUT - he's rolled up together with the bad earl! The good, kind clergy person is the prioress instead of the prior....

But for goodness sakes - they are all just interchangeable paper figures!

I like Ken Follett. Hopefully next time he'll write a new book instead of recycling an old one.
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- Shaun

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-10-2010
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.