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4.00001468989629 out of 54.00001468989629 out of 54.00001468989629 out of 54.00001468989629 out of 54.00001468989629 out of 5 4.00 (68,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pillars of the Earth Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429587037
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The #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to The Pillars of the Earth.

Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men, women, and children whose lives it changed forever. Now, two centuries after the townspeople of Kingsbridge finished building the exquisite edifice, four children slip into the forest and witness a killing—an event that will bind them all by ambition, love, greed, and revenge …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will be captivated by the four well-drawn central characters as they prove heroic, depraved, resourceful, or mean. Fans of Follett’s previous medieval epic will be well rewarded."

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book is a big event…Follett’s technique is to follow the lives of four individuals who have varying goals in life and, in the process, build a comprehensive tapestry of medieval English life—an especially important background thread being the horrible natural disaster of that era, the black plague. Follet has complete mastery over his material, and the result is a novel destined for the bestseller lists.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gunita | 2/17/2014

    " Couldn't put it down until I had read it! Brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Munroe | 2/15/2014

    " Almost as good as "Pillars" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 2/13/2014

    " Following this epic saga of Pillars of the Earth I didn't think I could stick with World without End. Completed I decided to read Fall of Giants. I amaze myself when I step outside of my comfort zone. You need a flow chart to keep track of everyone, but the building of the cathedrals initially in Pillars of the Earth is inspirational. You may scream for a Nook or Kindle or an IPAD once you open these 1000 page books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/13/2014

    " Probably more like 4.5. It was a slower start for me, but by the middle I couldn't put it down. A very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed the story - grateful to not live in that time period caught between the Roman Catholic church and nobility. No doubt in my mind, I would have been born a serf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niamh Carty | 2/5/2014

    " I loved Pillars but was largely disappointed with this - it felt like he was just writing the first story all over again - just set 200 years later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karyn | 1/28/2014

    " Was glad when it finally ended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penra | 1/20/2014

    " It was worth waiting 18 years for this sequel. Compelling story, sucks you right back in time, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 1/15/2014

    " Took me a while to get into it at first but then I couldn't put it down. The characters came alive and it was fascinating to read about the way of life in the 1400's especially during The Plague. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Elliot | 1/4/2014

    " Really enjoyed this sequal to Pillars of the Earth. Very well written characters which illustrate the divide between the have's and the have not's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/2/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Rothert | 1/1/2014

    " Loved this book just as much as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joelle | 12/30/2013

    " Enjoyable enough, but it felt too much like I was rereading the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/15/2013

    " Follett did not disappoint with this sequel. However, after a while some of the story line seemed a bit too reminiscent of the first book. Even so, it is definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ycel | 12/6/2013

    " Not so much architectural details as in the first book, but this still threw a huge punch. I listened to the audio book read by John Lee and the storytelling was superb. I like strong female characters so I was naturally drawn to Caris. She's in my list of favorite kickass heroines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geraldine Rosales | 11/9/2013

    " Very good, but at times you'll swear you're re-reading Pillars of the Earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wedwabbit | 10/19/2013

    " This book ran between a 4 or a 5 star until the end. Compared to pillars the characters aren't as well made including the villains but my biggest issue was with the ending and how they tried to tie everything up felt forced. Good book but should have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 10/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but it did take me a bit to plow through being over 1100 pages. There seemed to be terrible things always happening to the good people and a couple of times I put it down to take a breather or read ahead to see if things got better lol. But I am glad I finished it, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diedra | 9/7/2013

    " Hardly interesting. I finished it but wouldn't read another in this series if he wrote it. The story line is tired and the prose flat. An airplane read for an 24h layover if there ever was one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Swaby | 8/24/2013

    " Amazing. Strongly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Coffey | 7/28/2013

    " even better than the first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 7/9/2013

    " Not as good as the first book, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 1/19/2013

    " It was no Pillars of the Earth, and it could have been shorter, but relatively enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taya Mathias | 11/4/2012

    " Didn't like it as much as Pillars of the Earth, but still a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, and it's long, which I love.If you love old england, you'll like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Owens | 5/8/2012

    " The sequel to The Pillars of the Earth this book has it all...I adore this man's writing. Well researched, continues the tale of building the Gothic cathedral...ends with the Black Death. Every element of human experience is in this tale....LOVED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bart | 4/5/2012

    " 2nd best book I have ever read. (after Pillars pt.1) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrmike63 | 3/7/2012

    " As it turns out I enjoyed this book more than the first - If you ask me you should read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita Lavoie | 1/23/2012

    " Not quite as exciting as the first book but a really good read just the same. I really like Ken Follett's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Godlarvae | 9/4/2011

    " Not a bad yarn, a page turner, but, I think I've been "Folletted" out. Personally, I could have done with a little less bodice ripping and more character development, historical points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/27/2011

    " A BIG doorstopper of a novel that has enough action, incident, twists and complex characters for a couple of dozen trilogies. Ken Follett's mighty historical fiction is one of the best books I've read this year. I look forward to reading the second volume of his "Century" series very soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 5/23/2011

    " Loved it! Another long read, but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/22/2011

    " Almost as good as Pillars of the Earth, Follett's stories are just irresistible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/22/2011

    " Though I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth slightly more, I would definitely recommend World Without End to anyone who enjoyed the first novel. It may be long, but it's well worth the read. Many of the characters will stay with me for a long time to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 5/22/2011

    " Excellent book. Ken Follett is a master world builder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/20/2011

    " Not as great as "Pillars," but still fascinating... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/19/2011

    " I was so looking forward for the sequel to Pillars of the Earth that I asked one of my students to get it for me in his trip to London. I read it in the metro to work in 4 days. It confirmed that his writing compels you to read it till the end, and leaves you wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 5/18/2011

    " Unfortunately too similar to Pillars of the Earth. The characters are nearly transplanted, and while the circumstances are different they are quite similar. Still a good book, but if you've read one you've basically read the other "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/17/2011

    " Excellent Book!!!! Ken Follett can tell a story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Echantal | 5/16/2011

    " Good story - pretty much similar to Pillars of the Earth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/16/2011

    " A must read! Pillars of the Earth was great and World Without End met every expectation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 5/15/2011

    " Once again, Follett wowed me with his epic work. I especially like the way the lives of his characters intertwine and the detailed descriptions of all facets of life in the 1300's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 5/12/2011

    " Although not as gripping as the first one, it is set quite some time later, I still really enjoyed Follett's writing and the saga he presents. What a masterpiece. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Follett

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett’s magnificent historical epic, the Century trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.