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A Dangerous Fortune Audiobook

A Dangerous Fortune

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Publisher's Summary

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

From the exclusive men's clubs that cater to every dark desire of England's upper classes to the luxurious ballrooms of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Follett conjures up a stunning panorama of intrigue. A Dangerous Fortune brings us characters swept toward a perilous climax in which greed, fed by the shocking truth of a young man's death, must be stopped - or the dreams of a nation will die.

©1993 Ken Follett; (P)1994 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Breathlessly plotted...relentlessly suspenseful." (The New York Times)
"Ken Follett is a matchless storyteller, and this story is tailor-made for audio....With Follett teamed up with Page, you can't stop listening." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    Marj 03-17-14
    Marj 03-17-14
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    "Great story and great narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version so cannot comment but I found the audio version great. Narrator was excellent.


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Fortune to and why?

    I listened to it for the book it was, didn't compare it to any other.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    I thought all the characters were done exceptionally well. They were easily distinguishable and each character had their own personality which the narrator brought out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was a good story on the whole.


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    Fatima Miami, FL 03-13-14
    Fatima Miami, FL 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book had a great plot. Lots of twists and turns. I stayed in my car even after I arrived at work more than a few times just to keep listening!


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    Mookus WASHINGTON, United States 03-12-14
    Mookus WASHINGTON, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Full of unnecessary drama"
    What would have made A Dangerous Fortune better?

    full of unnaturally engineered twists and turn that feels forced and fake.


    Has A Dangerous Fortune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    full of unnaturally engineered twists and turn that feels forced and fake.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    full of unnaturally engineered twists and turn that feels forced and fake.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    full of unnaturally engineered twists and turn that feels forced and fake.


    Any additional comments?

    full of unnaturally engineered twists and turn that feels forced and fake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Wolfson IV 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Quick pace and Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This was my first Ken Follett book and I loved it. His words, along with Michael Page's narration immerses you into Victorian era society. The characters are vivid and the story is exciting and filled with lively intrigue. I'm glad that I went outside of my genre comfort zone with this book.

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    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 01-09-14
    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not His Usual Page Turner"

    This is not his usual mystery or international spy thriller. It is part parlor intrigue,part romance novel. I kept reading, expecting bigger action. A third of the way through, that hasn't happened yet. I gave it three stars based using the genre I hoped it would be when I chose it.

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    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13
    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I really miss this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    definitely


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Fortune to and why?

    winter of the world ken follet


    Any additional comments?

    I often think about the characters in this book, its been one of my all time favorite storys

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    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 10-16-13
    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An enjoyable read, a nicely written Follett book"
    Where does A Dangerous Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the British accent of the narrator. It added to the story. It was easy to listen to and kept me entertained for hours. It certainly ranks among the best audio books I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Fortune to and why?

    His first volume of the Century Trilogy: The Fall of Giants. I like how he shows various layers of English society, down to the tiniest detail of their everyday routines. Classic rags to riches storyline, but I didn't find it predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    I loved Augusta Pilaster's character and the narrator's rendition of her.


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

    The books starts off a little slow as the many charaters are introduced (again, typical Follett). That's the only reason I gave 4 stars to the story. But then things take off. If not all in one sitting, but it took me less than a week to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Follett's books, this will not disappoint! The performance is great and the story line is full of love, intrigue, murder, the rich and the poor all mixed up in late 19th century London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hal 08-30-13
    Hal 08-30-13
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    "Good, but not up to Follet's standards"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Fortune?

    The plot that concluded the story


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good voice effects


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the characters were a little over done...some were like comic book characters...unintended, but almost funny and from central casting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Anderson, SC, United States 08-19-13
    David Anderson, SC, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What characters!!"

    I missed this Ken Follet book along the way but sure was glad I found it. His characters are outstanding and the story, as usual, a winner.

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    John 07-09-13
    John 07-09-13
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    "Less than Follett's best is still very good"

    I was introduced to Ken Follett with Pillars of the Earth and have been a fan ever since. I have mostly listened to his stories and the performances of Michael Page, on this story and John Lee on others are both top notch.

    I find a common formula in all of Follett's stories where there is a protagonist who endures heartbreaking struggles and a villain who unfairly seems to thrive and supporting entourages of characters in the continuum between them.

    A Dangerous Fortune explores honour, courage, deceit, love and loyalty. Some of my favorite Follett stories take longer to develop a bigger cast of characters and more complex plot, but this one does it in about 16 hours, which was long enough in this case. Like I said before, it is not my favorite Follett book, but I am running out of choices and he is such a good story-teller that any of his are worth hearing

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