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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"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.
"What a read! YES!"
Kane and Abel is absolutely EXCELLENT! I agree with one of the other reviewers, don't plan anything before you start it, as you can't leave it alone.
"Archer now trusted"
Refused to read Archer books in my youth for silly reasons and what time I wasted. Third Archer book in as many months every one has been excellent. If you like stories that keep your attention and make you late for appointments (just five more minutes in the car) then Archers the man.
Jeffrey Archer has to be one of my favourite authors, this audio book is brilliant. I had read the book many years ago and couldnt wait to listen to it on Audio - I certainly wasnt disappointed. I travel some distance to work each day & couldnt wait to get into my car to hear what happened next - a really good listen that held me spellbound from beginning to end.
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