They had only one thing in common - William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths were destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune.
The marvellous story, spanning 60 years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save - and finally destroy - each other.
©2009 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius." (Daily Telegraph)
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"Kane and Abel - Fantastic"
This is such a great Listen, Compelling and engaging from the start to the finish. I was not a fan of Archer as a politician, but as a writer he tells great stories.
"Good Easy Read"
Yes 9its a perfectly fine way to while away an otherwise uninteresting train/plane journey
The ending and the realisation that opportunities for reconciliation should be grabbed.
Probably Kane as he was the least vindictive out of a nasty vindictive pair.
"Loved this book"
This is captivating. The contrast and determination of both Kane and Abel remains gripping throughout
Abel and fight to succeed coming from having nothing to achieving riches
I was sad Kane died before he met Flourentina
I recommend this book. It is one of Archers best and in my top 5 of his books
"Lots of twists and turns."
This was a story I had wanted to listen to, since my sister read the book years ago and I wondered why as she found it so gripping.It did not disappoint me, I loved the ties with real historical events. It made it more believable. It was well researched and was a good story, well told. It is worth a credit!
"WOW! This is a no brainer. Buy it now."
Compelling / gripping / fascinating
The book is based on two characters, both interesting, but Abel has to be favourite because of his terrible misfortune and his strength and determination to succeed despite all that is thrown at him.
I find I cannot single out any particular scene because I enjoyed every single minute of this book.
There was a great many moving moments but I was particularly moved when Abel witnessed his sister being raped by the soldiers and then dieing, and also when William died, having come so close to meeting his Grandchildren.
I felt that Jason Culp, the narrator, did a fantastic job of the different accents, mainly Polish and American, but also for the female characters. I am sure that this was vital and ensured the utmost best in listening enjoyment. I read the paperback version of this book many years ago and enjoyed it very much, but I can honestly say that the audible version was pure pleasure.
"An interesting tale"
The Grandmothers were my favourite characters although I wouldn't cope with such an overbearing mother or mother-in-law myself!
The death of Florentina. The whole run up to and the brutality of it.
Interesting, moving, enlightening
I could compare this book to Ken Follet - World at Winter, it follows the lives of more than 1 character and how their lives cross.
True to life
Would listen to again and to more of the same
"As expected fantastic"
Although I'd read, seen and knew the story it was still great to hear it.
"Exactly what I expected"
With Jeffrey Archer you get exactly what you expect. I enjoyed this book, but it was not amazing. Well written, good characters and a good story. Guessed the "twist in the tail" from the beginning, but that didn't spoil the read. Recommended.
Great story covering a whole generation. Geoffrey Archer is the master storyteller. Some of the obviously 'English' bits inserted for the USA market were irritating and didn't add to the tale. Similarly the obviously 'American' bits that were frankly condescending to my English ear and oh so unnecessary.
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