Ken Follett's masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions of readers 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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By Rogayah on 24-08-08
Faith versus Reason
This is the second Follet book about Kingsbridge. Set in the mid 14th century it shows life of the town and church during this period. Life for the ordinary people was dominated by the church and the aristocracy who controlled their lives through religion, fuedalism and the law.
This is the time of change when more ideas were being circulated and exsisting premises were being questioned or challenged; exciting times with the growth of trade, especially the English wool market, but the spread of the plague from the East westwards around 1348 or a little earlier saw a decimation of the population and a reduced population struggle to feed itself afterwards.
Ken Follet explains various aspects of the period and takes the listener into the lives of the characters. This period and the struggle for minds and souls of the people of Kinsbridge and the surrounding area are brought to life by the excellent reading of Richard E. Grant.
This is not a dry tale but a story centred on Murfin and Charis and their love and struggle to be together; their fight for the town and townspeople against the Abbey and Abbots of Kingsbridge who does not seen that its wealth is linked to the prosperity of the town.
If you enjoyed 'The Pillars of the Earth', part 1 of this saga, you will like this too.
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By Colin on 06-11-07
A brilliant work
Ken Follett’s earlier book “The Pillars of the Earth” has long been my favourite book of all time. This book takes us back to Kingsbridge 200 years after the first book. I was a bit apprehensive that it would pale in comparison; however I was delighted to find that this book is a masterpiece in its own right.
Ken Follett creates characters that you can deeply identify with and find yourself caring for as the incredible story unfolds. The book gives a rich historical feel of what it would be like to be living in those times, while keeping the storyline lively and engrossing.
“World Without End” is one of the most brilliant books I have ever read. The Audio book is superbly read by Richard E. Grant who brings the book to life. It is unfortunate that it is the Abridged version but never the less it is still a gem.
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By Catherine on 30-01-08
I Accidentally downloaded the abridged version of this book. As I was listening it skipped ahead and was not comprehensible. Get the unabridged version
7 of 7 people found this review helpful