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Kane and Abel Audiobook

Kane and Abel

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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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    Mycall Budapest, Hungary 12-28-14
    Mycall Budapest, Hungary 12-28-14 Member Since 2016
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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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    DIlshan Godaliyadda 01-13-17
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    "A bit too predictable"

    Expected a bit more from how the story started, but ended up quite displeased at how predictable the story was.

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    Kindle Customer 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "There is a pattern ..."

    i really enjoy the writing style. multiple perspectives from the main characters creates depth. the story line is captivating with twists and turns.

    on the down side the author seems to take bits from his previous works.

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    Tiara Williams 12-05-16
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    "terrific! easy to listen to despite the length."

    It had excellent character development. It masterfully wove fiction with true life events. An interesting read.

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    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 11-11-16
    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 11-11-16 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader (listener). I work in dog rescue in Arkansas, am married and am 62 years old.

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    "A Tale That Goes On For Decades"
    What did you love best about Kane and Abel?

    This was a very good story and once it is over, you realize that sometimes you think you know the facts when you actually do not. I think it gave me something to think about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I believe Kane would have been my favorite character. I won't say why, you will find out at the end of the book.


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

    Epic Saga of Rags to Riches


    Any additional comments?

    This may be considered to be a SPOILER ALERT: I was a little let down at the end of this book because so much treachery had gone on between Kane and Abel for their entire lives ... seemed like such a waste of the time and talent of two very successful men ... money does not bring happiness ... at least it didn't here.

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    Robert A. 10-01-16
    Robert A. 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This is one good book"

    I'm 70years old. I cannot see to read. This is by far one of the very best books that I have read or listened to. What a great book!

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