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World Without End

Lu par : John Lee
Série : The Kingsbridge Novels, Volume 2
Durée : 45 h et 33 min
4,8 out of 5 stars (5 notations)

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In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men, women, and children whose lives it changed forever. Critics were overwhelmed, and readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. 

At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, 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. 

Three years in the writing, World Without End once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

©2007 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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"Fans of Follett's previous medieval epic will be well rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)

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Livre entraînant et très bien lu !

Ce livre est tout aussi passionnant que le premier tome. Le lecteur rend bien compte des différents traits des personnages. Magnifique !

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura
  • 17/12/2007

Ten Stars

If I could, I'd give this book ten stars. I felt similarly about Pillars of Earth. Initially, I thought the story line was a bit too much like a soap opera, with the personal relationships filled with sex and rage. But, the characters take form and are incredibly well-developed as this book relates the lives two and three generations following the main characters in Pillars of the Earth. The politics between church and town are well-woven into the story creating tension and intrigue. The impact of the bubonic plague and the war between England and France bring the history of the times to life in a way that no history book could ever do. There were times that I stayed up way later than I should have because I just couldn't stop listening. The narrator does more than read . . . he acts out the scenes and creates the characters extremely well. My only regret is that I finished this book today. And now what do I do! I'm afraid that anything I choose will pale in comparison.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Henrik
  • 03/11/2007

40 hours too short ...

If you have read or listened to “Pillars of The Earth”, you will not be disappointed with World Without End. It is yet another masterpiece from Ken Follett that – despite its length – is an easy and rewarding experience. No other author can mix history, drama, love, battle and suspense like him.

World without End follows a number of characters in Kingsbridge during 40 years – beginning approximately 200 years after the end of Pillars of the Earth. It is therefore not a prerequisite to have read this book first.

I have now almost 200 audio books under my belt – and this is one of the best ones. After the usual first listening hour with confusions about all the characters that are introduced, the remaining 47 hours is pure and utter joy.

I really look forward to a third book about Kingsbridge – which Ken Follett has indicated might come in a few years.

I almost forgot: The narrator John Lee is just outright brilliant, with his pleasant and mellow voice.

Enjoy.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura
  • 25/05/2008

Repetitive, but still enjoyable

For anyone who recently read or listened to Pillars of the Earth, I would suggest waiting a while before starting World Without End. I just listened to the first one two months ago, and I wish I had waited at least year before listening to the second.
At first, I felt as if Follett had used up all his ideas about basic personality traits and plot ideas in Pillars, and in the second book just mixed them around, assigning them to different characters (good monk becomes bad monk, bullying, jealous builder (Alfred) appears in a new family, etc). The plot "twists," this time much more predictable, and other obstacles were also all too familiar, but each with a new outcome or resolution. After about 20 hours of that, the plot finally took off and became a new story in its own right, and it was a lot more interesting and engrossing. Since it's so long, that still left me with about 30 good hours, but it would have been a lot more enjoyable if my memory of the first book had been dimmer.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • LB
  • 19/10/2007

a masterwork

I have been a Ken Follett fan since the first time I picked up one of his thrillers and Pillars of the Earth has been one of my favorites. Now I have a new favorite. The richness of the characters as well as the historical detail have me hooked. I am almost done listening and will listen again just to enjoy all the nuances of the richly developed characters.

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  • Joseph
  • 09/01/2010

Good, but a little mechanical.

The book has many of the virtues and flaws of Pillars of the Earth, but the story seems less inspired, more like Follet is using the same pattern without the same inspiration.

Overall, his setting, as in the first book, is impressive, and he has successfully advanced the setting to the 14th century. His understanding of architecture and building techniques are just as intricate as Pillars, and his knowledge of the economy and law of the fourteenth century medieval village is more sophisticated than his previous work, and he creates dramas that impressively illustrate and enlighten dry medieval economics and law. Well worth the read.

The characters and stories and dramas, though, sound more like he's trying to recreate "Pillars of the Earth" than like he was inspired to create something new. Same complicated romances, same manipulative power struggles, same unconscionably ambitous nobles and clergy. They are good stories, but even more superficial than in the first, and just as 20th century, rather than medieval.

His characters do deal with specifically fourteenth century medieval issues in this book, such as the changing roles of women in society, or the transition from superstition to a more scientific world view. This is well done especially in the sections about the Black Death.

Some reviews have said Caris seems too modern, but there were women in that era struggling for more independence. Women in fourteenth century towns were guild members and business owners and council members, and maybe even fighters, and often female monasteries offered a path to power that women couldn't find in the secular world, and nuns were conscious of this role, judging from medieval sources. Follet did his research there.

Overall, good research, good medieval setting, but somewhat mechanical storytelling.

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  • Daniel McAfee
  • 04/11/2007

Absolutely a masterpiece!

ken follet is a master story teller, and develops characters like no other!

this is absolutely a literary masterpiece.

this and "pillars of the earth" should be considered among mankinds all time epic classic novels!!

it's entertaining, brilliant, educating, intriguing and absolutely "can't put down"


don't miss this and pillars of the earth!! my two favorite listens by far!

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  • Micheline Golden
  • 11/04/2008

Absolutely spectacular

I'm not sure how I can adequately express just how much I enjoyed this book. I was slightly put off by the length - not sure if I could get through 40 hours. By the end, I was slightly sad to realize my time with this fascinating community of people was coming to an end. I read "The Pillars of the Earth" many years ago, so I can't make too much of a close comparison. This book accurately portrays like in Medieval England, from food and housing to medicine and lifestyles. The story deals with a time of change - not only the beginning of the 100 Years War, but the end of the Dark Ages, and a huge change in labor and aristocracy brought on by the beginning of the Plague.
Well worth the time and such and enjoyable book. The characters are real and believeable, and you'll find yourself sad to leave Kingsbridge once again at the end.

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  • Karen
  • 04/11/2007

Amazing!

Pillars has been my favorite book of all time since I first read it 7 years ago. WWE does not disappoint. I love Ken's books for the rich charecter development and strong females, who I can relate to, who question and reject irrational tradition in favor of scientific, logical reasoning. The historical aspects make the book so fascinating. I wish it was a book "without end", because I was sad to have finished it. My new favorite book.

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  • David
  • 04/11/2007

Exceeded my Expectations

I debated buying this because of the lenght, don't worry about it. Ken Follet does and excellent job of keeping the story line going.

Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favoite books and this one is as good as Pillars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/11/2007

Great

This was the best book that I've read in a decade. I couldn't put it down. It was compelling.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • flomad
  • 25/04/2008

Einfach fantastisch!

Ich versuche mich nun auch einmal an einer Rezension, da dieses Hörbuch einfach wunderbar ist.
Natürlich ist man erst einmal geschockt, wenn man 45h!!! Hörbuch herunterlädt und denkt sich: 'Woher soll ich bitte die Zeit haben das alles zu hören?!' Aber es ist eben wie auch mit den Büchern. Man liest/hört jede freie Sekunde. So war es bei mir und als es gegen Ende dieses Hörbuches ging, habe ich sogar versucht es herauszuzögern, da ich nicht genug kriegen konnte!
Zum Inhalt nur -wie schon in einer anderen Rezension berichtet- es ist wirklich ein würdiger Nachfolger von Säulen der Erde.
Der Sprecher ist ein absoluter Volltreffer. Einfach zu verstehen und durch seine Imitation der einzelnen Charaktere sind diese auch zu jeder Zeit auseinanderzuhalten. Mit dem Englisch und der Länge, beides meine Bedenken bevor ich das Hörbuch gekauft habe, gab es bei mir also nicht das geringste Problem!
Ich hoffe, dass meine Begeisterung für dieses Hörbuch ein wenig herüberkommt und ich vielleicht den ein oder anderen, der dieselben Bedenken hat wie ich zum Anhören verleiten kann!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • kasimir26
  • 12/12/2007

Super Hörbuch

Trotz der länge von 45 Stunden!!! wird dieses Buch nie langatmig oder langweilig. Ich habe es mit viel Vergnügen gehört und finde das Ken Follet besser weiterhin historische Romane schreiben sollte.viel Spaß beim hören!

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  • atalante
  • 11/08/2008

Keine Sekunde zu lang

Ich gebe zu, erst hat mich eher die Länge des Hörbuches angefixt (ich finde, gute Bücher können nie zu lang sein...), aber im Nachhinein bin ich von 'World without end' wirklich begeistert.

Ein herrlicher Historienschinken, der mir sogar besser gefällt als 'The Pillars of the earth'. Die Fülle der Protagonisten lässt sich gut im Blick behalten, der Kampf 'gut gegen Böse' ist spannend und abwechslungsreich erzählt und mit vielen historischen Details angereichert.

John Lee liest hervorragend und dank seiner klaren, akzentfreien Sprache ist das Hörbuch im Original sicher auch etwas für weniger geübte Englisch-Hörer.

Fazit: Auf keinen Fall die gekürzte Fassung nehmen ;o)

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • oceansong
  • 12/06/2012

Langatmig, brutal und streckenweise vorhersehbar.

Ich habe das erste Buch (Pillars of the Earth) mit Begeisterung gelesen. Der Nachfolger "World Without End" wirkt dagegen stark konstruiert, hat einige Längen und auch einige Wendungen der Geschichte sind vorhersehbar, wenn man das erste Buch kennt. Zudem scheint Ken Follett eine Vorliebe für die Schilderung sexueller Übergriffe auf Frauen zu haben. Dass Frauen dabei auch noch Lust empfinden sollen... eine gewagte These.
Ich habe bis zum Schluss durchgehalten und bereue es nicht, aber ein echter Lesegenuss war es nicht. Ein gesundes Maß an Masochismus sollte man ebenfalls mitbringen, um durch die endlosen Täler der Tränen zu marschieren. Ich finde da 3 Sterne noch großzügig.
Das Hörbuch selbst ist von ausgezeichneter Qualität, ich bin ein großer Fan von John Lee, der meisterlich die verschiedensten Personen und Charaktere zum Leben erwecken kann. 5 Sterne für seine Stimme!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Axel
  • 06/02/2010

Einfach nur schön!!!

45 hrs of the best entertainment. In the car, during housework, before going to sleep... I simply couldn't stopp to listen and never ever felt it was boring or too lengthy.
.... and then it was over and I wondered how short 45 hrs could be.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • edithastrunk
  • 30/01/2010

Titel Ihrer Rezension

Auch für nicht native-english-speaker sehr gut verständlich! Toll gelesen! Hat mich absolut begeistert. Super, dass es nicht gekürzt war!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Doris
  • 17/06/2009

Phantastisch! Dieses Buch geht ins Ohr

Nun, Bedenken hatte ich schon auch. Zum einen wegen der Länge, zum anderen wegen der Sprache. Die Bedenken waren überflüssig. World without End bewegt sich von einem Höhepunkt zum nächsten. John Lee liest einfach wunderbar. Man kann mitfiebern, mitleiden, mitlachen, mitweinen... und es ist trotz seiner Länge nicht eine Sekunde langatmig. 100 % empfehlenswert!!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jack Mark
  • 12/06/2019

Better than the first one of the Series

A must read Book!!! I love the first book of the Kinsbridge Series already, Pillars of the earth. Yet this one is even better!!

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  • Anonym
  • 08/06/2018

Tolle Story, hervorragend gelesen!

Habe natürlich den Vorgänger gelesen und gehört. Sowohl deutsch, als auch englisch. Es wird seht sauber und gut verständlich vorgetragen und überzeugend und lebendig in verschiedenen Rollen betont!

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  • Diana Kraus
  • 23/12/2017

J. Lee gives colour to the book

1 Sprecher, männlich, kein gekürzter Inhalt so wie ich es mag. 1 Reader, male - just as I prefere it. Lee is amazing at imitating voices. I didnt only feel driven by the story but also by his reading.