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
"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)
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.
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.
I loved Augusta Pilaster's character and the narrator's rendition of her.
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.
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.
The plot that concluded the story
Good voice effects
the characters were a little over done...some were like comic book characters...unintended, but almost funny and from central casting
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.
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
there is nothing like a long walk in the woods with a good book in one ear and mother earth in the other!
Just love Ken Follett this was my forth of his books i find the books are all hard to put down.
The world and banking history.
The plot was compelling and interesting.
The mother trying to push the trunk into the sea.
I didn't have any extreme reactions but it proves that what goes around comes around.
I would like to read more books like this one.
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.
Well done, fabulous characters. Follett at his best. This is his stride, he hits the mark . Much more believable than his bible length histories.
It's the total package of a story line and narration!
The final chapter ties it all together where good people triumph over evil mongrels.
Excellent character portrayals
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!
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