World Without End

World Without End

Audiobook CD - 2007
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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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780143142355
Branch Call Number: FOL
Characteristics: 36 compact discs in 2 cases

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Einer2
Sep 02, 2017

I like Ken F. and loved The Pillars of the Earth but this "squeal" is dragging and I'm only on CD 5 of 36! Don't plan to continue.

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Giley
Dec 01, 2013

On behalf of my wife, who is blind, I would like to warn anyone wishing to read this audio book on disk, that there are 36 disks to the set: apparently the 'powers that be' separate them into 2 boxes(without any indication in the on-line catalogue): you must make sure that you receive both if you wish to avoid the frustration of having to return to the library- and requesting/ordering, and then waiting for, the other half!

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mgnyc
Jun 27, 2013

Love this series - historical drama with wonderful historical descriptions of medieval church building

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ps1105
Oct 20, 2012

The ignorant APL patrons that rented these CDS have scratched them to the point they're not worth listening. Maybe a little education for these idiots

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tm57
Oct 05, 2011

I liked this book for so many reasons: talented writing, rich character development, the historical descriptions of the social life, architecture, medicine, religion of the middle ages, and the themes of endurance and following your dreams. But at the risk of sounding like a prude, I was not comfortable with the amount of sexual material. Included were the language and imagery of playful and passionate romance, sex for sale, violent rape, and glimpses into same-sex encounters. The descriptions of medieval torture/punishments made my skin crawl. Still I was drawn back to the story until the end! Perhaps this would be considered a success for the author to have written so vividly that the reader has a range of emotional response. Perhaps, because it was an audio book, I was uncomfortable broadcasting sexual scenes aloud. Still, does adult reading have to equate with titillation? In fairness, I read another of his books, but have come to the same conclusion. I will look for a different author.

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