©2004 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
Interesting how our perceptions change over the years. I first read Kand & Abel about 30 years ago and found it a fast moving narration of two powerful, competitive men. However, just havng finished it on audible, i find it a very sad story of two people neither accepting the opportunity to understand the other. Interesting how differently a novel can read to a 65 year old vs. a 35 year old.
It seems lately that I just couldn't find an audiobook that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Everything seemed "all the same". I was beginning to get quite frustrated. I decided to go back into my library and maybe listen to one of the hundreds of audios I've downloaded in the past 2 years. I came upon one my my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer, so I clicked his name and it brought me to his list of books, most of which I've listened to. So glad I did! He once again, didnt fail to give me something I could sink my teeth into. It was COMPLETELY enjoyable to listen to. Somewhere right between "cant press stop" and "wow, what a great story......looking forward to the next chapter". Archer's tale is one of two men, born at the same time (early1920's) but worlds apart physically, emotionally, and financially. Yet, their differences were only one facet of this great story. The struggles they both experienced in life to reach their goals had one common thread. They both had grit and integrity. Their experiences somewhat mirrored each other yet so differently that it made for an extraordinary story line. So well written and so easy to listen to, yet, not one that puts you to sleep. The author did a fabulous job of entwining these men's lives in and out throughout the story, it gave it that "Oh my gosh......how ironic" feeling. Often it was like I was above, peeking down on them and watching their lives unfold. Please do yourself a favor and make time for this one. I expect you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Most of the time I find books by the same author to be too similiar and I lose interest. I listened to Prisoner of Birth and enjoyed so much I purchased this book. This book was very interesting and I had a hard time putting it down. Very few books have me so involved that I couldn't wait to read the ending. The narration was well done. Characters well written This is a good listen
My second book by Archer and equally enjoyable. The writing absorbs you with interesting characters within a well structured plot. THe narration was good, not great. The voices were well done, only the non-dialogue portions were narrated somewhat slowly. Would highly recommend to anyone, an easy 5 star choice. Looking forward to my next Archer book.
I'm a mom of 2 teenage boys, work full-time for a family business. I am fairly new to audible and I LOVE it! It gives my eyes a rest!
Absolutely! I had read this book years ago, but it seemed new to me having it "read" to me. It keeps your attention from beginning to end and I did not want it to end.
It is amazing how the characters ended up connecting. I love how the main characters brought themselves up to such a level of success.
no I haven't listened to him before.
William Kane because he was so ambitious and seemed to have a good heart (for the most part).
When it ended, I was sobbing....it was SO touching, yet tragic. My teenage son, thought I was CRAZY! but this book was so awesome I wanted more!
I found this book when I looked into who the authour was of his new book: The Clifton Chronicles. Kane and Abel has an intriguing plot, likeable characters with an unknown future..all this kept me waiting for my next day at work so I could listen again on the commute. The ending was appropriate, but still somehow disappointing...or was I just sorry the story ended.I will now look for more Jeffrey Archer books. I don't know why I took so long to find him.
I'm a retired secondary social studies teacher and educational administrator living in Buffalo, NY. I love to read through audiobooks.
The narrator was exceptional and believeable.
I think Abel Rosnovsky was the most interesting character owing to the circumstances of his birth and the ways he was saved by folks in his life.
I would dine with Abel for sure at the Baron in Warsaw!
Well worth my time. Archer can sure write a good yarn!
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I think I read this book in the 80s but I am not sure. Thankfully I have a lousy memory for these kinds of things so I was not wasting my time reading it again, plus it didn’t seem familiar… still, I can’t shake the feeling this was a re read.
This is the 5th Archer book I’ve read and I really enjoy them, the stories are right up my alley.
It’s impossible to describe the plots in one sentence; they’re sweeping sagas / generational family dramas… I just eat it all up. So easy to get swept up in the frenzy of back stabbing power wars in great families. (Perhaps this is also why I was a huge Dallas & Dynasty fan in the 80s!! Ha!)
I’ll be reading more Archer books for sure, along with Ken Follett and Edward Rutherfurd they are dependably entertaining reads.
Jeffrey Archer, an author who knows how to put it all down. Couldn't say enough about the experience of it all. I cried....Love it A classic
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