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Kane and Abel Audiobook

Kane and Abel

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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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    Avi 03-10-15
    Avi 03-10-15
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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????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 02-08-14
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally predictable and contrived"

    And yet - an enjoyable listen. I was frustrated in part because some things were SO predictable that it spoiled the story. But there is enough detail about Poland the the cruelties of Germany and Russia. AND insights into various immigrants groups and blue blood Americans. So overall I rate it as OK, but not more so. I can't give it a 2.5 stars, so I settled on 3.

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    Kim 06-05-13
    Kim 06-05-13
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Kane and Abel better?

    I have listened to other Jeffrey Archer books and this one was a disappointment.


    What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given the reader a reason to want to listen or read more. Story was boring and overly detailed.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Culp’s performance?

    I liked the Narrator


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 05-04-13
    PAR-TEE 05-04-13

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    "Can't get by the narration..."

    I tried but this guy puts me to sleep... Pace is too slow, narration sound like a kiddie book, character voices not bad, but overall terrible. I give up!!! sad! Probably a great story!

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant story. Brilliant narration."

    One of the best audio books I have listened to. Really good performance and the story has got a truly classic feel to it. Would definitely recommend it.

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    Hopeful Realist MI USA 09-06-16
    Hopeful Realist MI USA 09-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the story. Narration, not so much."
    What did you love best about Kane and Abel?

    The story. A bit predictable for Archer, but I chose him because I like his story telling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, Kane's wife. Accomplished, wise, steadfast, loving, respectful of her husband's wishes, but willing to circumvent them when he was clearly wrong.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Culp?

    Whoever read the Clifton Chronicles.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Success, family, love, happiness all succumb to hatred and desire for revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    JoDee 07-05-16
    JoDee 07-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved reading Kane and Able."

    Looking forward to reading the Prodigal Daughter. Jeffery Archer does not disappoint. Having also read his latest novels you can see his development as an outstanding writer over the years. Love how he develops characters.

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    Esther Drebin 05-06-16
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    "Plan to find another book by this author..."

    great book. finished in only a few days . highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good period piece.

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    N. Price 05-03-16
    N. Price 05-03-16
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    "Excellent Read!!"

    I don;t usually do the 5 star thing, but the author put together a great story and wonderful character development. I would highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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