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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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    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.

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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

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark hardin, KY, United States 02-25-13
    mark hardin, KY, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010

    there is nothing like a long walk in the woods with a good book in one ear and mother earth in the other!

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    "Great book!"

    Just love Ken Follett this was my forth of his books i find the books are all hard to put down.

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    Carol Melbourne, FL, United States 02-04-13
    Carol Melbourne, FL, United States 02-04-13
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    "Interesting banking family"
    What did you love best about A Dangerous Fortune?

    The world and banking history.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was compelling and interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The mother trying to push the trunk into the sea.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have any extreme reactions but it proves that what goes around comes around.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to read more books like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    grandma cc 02-04-13
    grandma cc 02-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Generations of Family Intrigue"

    This book is a story of class, status, and family rivalries in late 19th Century England. The intrigue of a secret the boys from a boarding school share all their lives runs throughout. It was a real "page turner". Well done. The narrator was easy to understand and did a fairly good job of creating different voices for the characters. I would choose this narrator again.

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    Joyce Eriksen 01-26-13

    History addict

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    "Great plot"

    Well done, fabulous characters. Follett at his best. This is his stride, he hits the mark . Much more believable than his bible length histories.

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    L. Forrester Florida 12-21-12
    L. Forrester Florida 12-21-12

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    "Outstanding historical fiction indeed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's the total package of a story line and narration!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Fortune?

    The final chapter ties it all together where good people triumph over evil mongrels.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Excellent character portrayals


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

    Yep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kentwood, MI, United States 12-19-12
    Amazon Customer Kentwood, MI, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not into historical stories but..."

    This was an awesomely written and told book. The characters pull you in all the way to the end. When the story is over you want the story to continue. Must listen to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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