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Kane and Abel | [Jeffrey Archer]

Kane and Abel

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.
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Publisher's Summary

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world - are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have...

©2004 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Diana A Gavrilova 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful book"

    A wonderful story! One of the lightest "reads" I've had recently. Go for it! You will not regret! Simply wonderful.

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    Eric 04-06-15
    Eric 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration!"

    Jeffrey Archer is the world's best storyteller and this is one of his best stories. The narration is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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    Rebecca MacDougall 04-03-15
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    "well written, unnecessary sex"

    This was a well-done book. I appreciated the character development. It would be suitable for more audiences if he didn't include sex details. That wasn't necessary for the story and made a good book into a cheap, trashy novel


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    Avi United States 03-10-15
    Avi United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the worst books I have ever read"
    What would have made Kane and Abel better?

    If the characters were not so 2 dimensional


    Has Kane and Abel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just for this author


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are completely not believable as actual human beings. Abel is all knowing and has spies everywhere but is unable to tell who is benefactor was? Both Kane and Abel live for their children but are willing to stop talking to them? Why was the woman on the train in Siberia? Closed into a coal hold for an extended period when it was hard to breathe after the first few minutes? I would think he would die of Black Lung Disease before the end of the journey. Is George a fool or a great worker? Henry became a congressman????

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    Cindy 03-04-15
    Cindy 03-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed this book!"

    Looking forward to the next 2 in this series.
    Hope to start The Prodigal Daughter within the next few days.

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    Moises 01-13-15
    Moises 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    Incredible book! Well writtem and performed. Amazong caracters and unexpexted finale! Bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo, Bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo

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    Michael Hay Montpellier, France 12-28-14
    Michael Hay Montpellier, France 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "story and characters were boring and predictable"

    I only got through it because I had 18 hours of driving to do. I tried to enjoy it, but realised a few hours in that the writing (and editing) aren't great.
    The subject matter and the big picture theme were interesting, but the characters were single dimensional which left the entire book to be boring and predictable.
    The best thing to come out of listening to this book is that I now know to avoid Jeffrey archer in the future.
    The narration was good and is what kept me in there till the end.

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    Shirley Henderson 07-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to listen to books...

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    "A 5 star as usual for Jeffrey archer"
    If you could sum up Kane and Abel in three words, what would they be?

    Way beyond awesome


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


    Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favorite?

    I cant single out one favorite character...I loved them all


    Who was the most memorable character of Kane and Abel and why?

    Probably Abel


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 06-28-14
    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 06-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic"

    I read this book about 30 years ago and loved it. I just finished the audiobook and loved it again. Kane and Abel is a wonderful story that stands the test of time. If you're looking to be entertained, this audiobook should do the trick.

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    Martha 04-30-14
    Martha 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling story with outstanding performance"
    Would you listen to Kane and Abel again? Why?

    yes, because it was very interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the charaters were good. I especially enjoyed Abel because of his accent.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Culp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    never listened to Jason Culp's performance before. Now I know he is great!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed it throughout.


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