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World Without End

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2007

Duration: 45 hours 37 minutes


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.


  • Gregory M

    Loved it.

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  • Bonnie L

    I wish this book would never end. Excellent character development and storyline.

  • Perry C

    Less trilling than Pillars of the Earth. I continue, however, to be facilitated by the story line of 14th century England. How valid the the phase “the more things change the more they stay the same “, women of today’s world are still burdened by all of those old prejudices of yesteryear. We still find ourselves with morally bankrupt leaders and those who use religion to justify their poor behavior. Well done Ken Follett. Narrator was again excellent!!!

  • Melody F

    Loved it! Listened to Pillars of the Earth first. Can't wait to start the next in the series!!!

  • Jodie L

    I usually go through an audiobook fairly quickly if I love it and until now I’ve been pretty lucky. The books I’ve chosen I’ve been very happy with..until now. This book is truly the first one I’m having to force myself to keep listening to. It’s one of those books that hooks you then drags on and on and right when your ready to give up something else interesting happens so you stick with it thinking it’ll get better only to find it drags on and on again. I’m about 3/4 way through and seriously this might be one of those books that eventually I make my way through then wonder why I bothered. Chances are my next credit which I’m anticipating eagerly having dragged along all month with this book , I’ll hopefully find something much better, and this book will wait on the back burner until I’m either completely without another audiobook to listen to or I somehow find along the way the book gets much better and stays that way. It just drags and drags between major events. I can’t emphasize that enough. All in all I’m sorry I wasted a credit on this mainly-boring monstrosity. Argh.

World Without End

by Ken Follett

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