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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (68,073 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: Richard E. Grant Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429592598
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed—“it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you” (Chicago Tribune)—and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel. 

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, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas—about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race—the Black Death. 

Three years in the writing and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Berman | 2/16/2014

    " such a great book! Every bit as good as Pillars of the Earth. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Seaman | 2/4/2014

    " Enjoyed this sequel to Fall of Giants which covered WWI. Catching up with all the characters twenty years later was like meeting old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne Boodasingh | 1/25/2014

    " This book was well worth the wait. Set 200 years after Pillars of the Earth the story continues seamlessly....set against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race: the Black Death "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/19/2014

    " Like most of Follet's books, this one took a while to get into, but once you do, it is impossible to put down. No one does character development like Follet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meconti | 1/12/2014

    " As good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/30/2013

    " Lots and lots of detail, great character development! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey McKinley | 12/28/2013

    " Once again the master, Ken Follett delivers a grand, sweeping epic matching the greatness of his previous novel from this time period. I loved it! So will you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Kerr | 12/27/2013

    " Nice to have references that tie the two books together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/24/2013

    " Listened to book - downloaded from Audible.com "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Ilaoa | 12/1/2013

    " Great read, but man oh man, Follett shows his masochistic side as the characters are put through the wringer from start to finish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Harris | 11/16/2013

    " Loved as much as the first one. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerri Tubbs | 10/31/2013

    " Ken Follet is a masterful story teller. I totally enjoyed the first book and was anxious to read this secqual..... It didn't disappoint. Well crafted read with historical insights that make the reader glad they live in the 21st century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tay | 10/16/2013

    " An excellent pair of books. And I don't like historical fiction. The writing was superb and we researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/15/2013

    " Although this is set 200 hundred years later, I still enjoyed the transition from book one and the characters and storyline in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violette | 10/14/2013

    " I was too engrossed in this book to do anything else. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Ritchie | 10/5/2013

    " Great sequel to pillars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekah | 8/4/2013

    " TOO BAD! This is such a great, epic story set in the 1300s in England, but is so full of graphic sex (including lots of rape and perversion--Follett seems obsessed!) and violence that I just couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren Ellisor | 5/12/2013

    " Almost as good as "Pillars." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James R. Metcalf | 5/9/2013

    " A long book but one that goes by quickly. With an extremely evocative plot and endearing characters, it runs along nicely, though perhaps ends rather unsatisfactorily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/4/2013

    " A sequel I actually liked better than the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy-richard Wilson | 12/12/2012

    " A great continuation to the story. But nothing is ever as good as the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rui Ma | 10/22/2012

    " Convoluted and elaborate story. I like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra Sinclair | 9/2/2012

    " I read this book right after I finished Pillars of the Earth and I loved it. The sweeping saga he started begged for a sequel and Ken delivered! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/1/2012

    " 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, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Fruergaard | 1/20/2012

    " Its amazing how many intrigues Ken Follett can dream up between a handful of characters. I read this book on Kindle, and it wasn't until I was almost done and came across the hardback version I realized how huge the book is. Reading it felt like eating candy: I couldn't stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hill | 12/11/2011

    " Not quite as good as The Pillars of the Earth but a great read even so. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helaine Knapp | 9/2/2011

    " Loved all 3 Ken Follett sagas... super long, but totally worth it. Plus I feel like I learn things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte-Marie | 8/27/2011

    " Once again Ken Follett delivers and delivers an epic tale in a big way! I enjoy reading this author; his well developed characters; engaging plot line and amazing story telling ability keep me wanting to know more about his characters - which leave me wanting the book to go on and on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/27/2011

    " Decent sequel. "

  • 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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