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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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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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    Cindy United States 07-03-12
    Cindy United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2007

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    "From a fan"

    I love Jeffery Archer. Great, interesting stories ala Trollope and Dickens. If you are a fan of either, try Archer. His Paths of Glory, a true story of Mallory, was also terrific. What a great way to pass the time! Excellent reader as well.

    I loved this story of misunderstood rivalry. Two stubborn men and their very different unbringing but strangely similar endings. Compelling for me. Might be too tame for those who like lots of action and page-turning adventure. But if you like interesting characters and generational sagas, then Archer is a great way to spend your time.

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    Erin Miller Dallas, TX United States 01-12-12
    Erin Miller Dallas, TX United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    A great story and the narration is good. At the very beginning, I didn't care so much for the narrator, however, as the story went on he became very good. I didn't want the story to end.

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    Guy Phoenix, AZ, USA 05-27-10
    Guy Phoenix, AZ, USA 05-27-10
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    "Good Book, Bad Narration"

    Ugh! I have heard from people who have READ (not listened to) the book that it is wonderful. I have not finished it, and I don't know if I will, because the narration is horrible! He is so slow...or something about the rhythm of his speech and where he pauses...it seems like he's reading to me as if I'm an idiot. The story is interesting so far, but the reader gets in the way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-13
    Rena Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Kane and Abel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 it is a 6.5.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How both men were very much alike and experienced a lot of pain do to their bad qualities. The lease interesting were the more than predictable plot twist. They may have been interesting 30 years ago when the book was written but now everyone of them is a cliche.


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

    William Kane.


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

    The story of two great men who's desire to destroy was greater than the desire to build.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ingvild stavanger, Norway 01-29-13
    Ingvild stavanger, Norway 01-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The best book I've read in a long time!"

    Once in a while, you stumble upon one of those books that you just can't put down. You just want to read and read... And if you HAVE to put the book down, you're still thinking about it - about the characters, the plot, the time period. This is one of those books.

    For the last week, my mind has been occupied with Abel Rosnovski and Richard Kane. It’s only January, but I am pretty sure that this will be one of my top 5 books this year.

    The story of the poor Polish boy Wladek Koskiewicz (later Abel Rosnovski) is just marvellous. How Abel manages to make his way in the world – from being a newborn baby found in the forest with his dead mother to becoming a hotel magnate is just so exciting! So is the story about brilliant Richard Kane – a banker’s son who makes his own way in the world. And the rivalry between the two men born on the same day! I enjoyed every minute of this book!

    Also, Jason Culp does a great job narrating the story.

    I will now probably be reading all the other books from Jeffrey Archer. And I can’t wait!

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    Sofiya Turkey 11-02-12
    Sofiya Turkey 11-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Life-long saga"
    Would you listen to Kane and Abel again? Why?

    No. It is too long and after the curiosity is satisfied nothing left. However, Jeffrey Archer is an excellent story-teller and you stay hooked from the beginning to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kane's and Abel's children.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Abel's coming to the castle, really moving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Although my evaluation is not very high, I do not regret that I have downloaded and listened to this book. Just this is not something I would like to come back to. Very solid work and excellent performance.

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    Patricia Worthy 08-21-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Kane and Abel"

    This book is unforgettable for me. I find myself thinking about the characters and the results of some of the choices they made. Lots of life lessons in this book.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, fun book"

    This was really good, as are most of Archer's books.

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    Jan Plattsburgh, NY, United States 11-11-11
    Jan Plattsburgh, NY, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    This book was boring and predictable. The voice became tedious. Sorry I wasted a point.

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