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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)

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Andrew
    Potten End, United Kingdom
    5/12/11
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    "Fabulous"

    I grabbed this as a way in to Follet while not having to sit through 50 hours of Pillars of the Earth. I was not disappointed. The story is masterfully crafted and keeps moving with the two main plots being whether or not Hugh and Maisy will get together and when or if the bad guywill get his due deserts. Great story, great characters and an unusual but satisfying, fitting end.

    I loved it and fear I will have no choice now but to take the plunge and get Pillars of the Earth!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • barjil
    BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "Disappointing"

    I usually read the comments from readers before I buy a book, and these generally confirm the fact that reading taste is a totally individual thing - books I love some people can't finish and vice versa. Readers I enjoy are irritating to others and so on. However, whatever criticism I read of Ken Follett I'd probably ignore because the books he writes are usually well researched and the subject matter interesting. Not this time, though. All the people in it are horrible and their lives tawdry and I'm limping on to the end because I don't like to give up. I suppose it does point up the morals and social differences of the 19th century but says nothing original on the subject. After the blockbusters on the 20th century that he's written, this is a sad disappointment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "A splendid melodrama"

    Set in the second half of the 19th century the story starts with an unexplained drowning at a public school. The lives of the boys involved are entertainingly intertwined in this melodramatically good yarn of how that accident had ramifications down the decades. Like a fairy-tale good and evil battle it out, but here the failure of banks is the topical backdrop to characters who revel in villainy, licentiousness and intrigue set against those who are honourable, loyal and parsimonious. The story is full of suspense as the fortunes of the Pilaster banking family are affected by favoritism, folly, felony and foreign events. There are some wonderfully over-the-top characters such as the domineering mother, Augusta, and the devilishly attractive and manipulative Micky Miranda from South America.
    Class, race, gender and religious prejudices abound in this colourful narrative with its Victorian values and the consequent hypocrisy.

    I greatly enjoyed this book and thought the narrator excellent.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    7/21/13
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    "Wonderful addictive story"

    After listening to all Ken Follett's epic novels, I downloaded this to listen to on holiday. It took a couple of chapters to get in to but after that I just loved it. You hate his villains and love his central characters. Twists, turns and tragedies, classic Follett!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brooksies
    Belgium
    6/27/12
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    "Entertaining, Enthralling, Exciting"

    I have to say, I love Ken Follet, I've read most of his books and The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favourites. I already read this book 15 years ago but it was nice to listen to again. I did not remember all the plot twists and was excited to see how it would all end.
    It is written in his laid-back style and you can't wait to here what is going to happen next. Its also a very nice portrayal of the time, with intrigues in the financial world.
    Book is also remarkably up to date with all the banks that are crashing at the moment, history repeats itself...
    The readingby Michael page is also very nice, with good accents and pauses at the right moments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    2/21/16
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    "I had already heard this title."

    why was I not made aware until I tried reading it?l
    please take it back and refund me my credit.
    Regards Alexander Ager.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • elizabeth
    ALFORD, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Good"
    What did you like most about A Dangerous Fortune?

    The whole story unfolds very nicely


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He brought each charactor to life


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

    Yes but I cant reveal it or it might spoil the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mongfhind
    7/11/14
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    "Well written and enjoyable but not outstanding."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio books as I can listen to and enjoy them anywhere. Audio books comes into its own when carrying out boring tasks like ironing or on a tedious bus journey to work.


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

    I compare A Dangerous Fortune to other works by Ken Follett which I have read and enjoyed, Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and the Kingsbridge novels all of whom are well researched, well written and absorbing. Some of the plot of A Dangerous Fortune lacks credibility, however the characters are well-drawn and the overall story is good. I much preferred the narrator John Lee's style to Michael Page's, John Lee portrayal of the different characters was plausible, whereas Michael Page's characters' voices seemed almost comic, especially the older women. They sounded like pantomime dames which was not intention, I'm sure, but it spoiled my enjoyment a little. To balance that though his speech was clear and smooth.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    As I have said above, Michael Page's narration of some of the characters's parts was not as polished as I would have hoped.


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

    Let's say, two or three sittings not one.


    Any additional comments?

    None springs to mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    11/30/11
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    "An excellent listen"

    It moves at a great pace throughout and is an excellent story. As with previous books by this author one needs to be prepared for some graphic detail and colourful language which I could personally do without, but that said, his storytelling is fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Perth, United Kingdom
    7/31/11
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific book. Superbly researched, excellently read and a real gripper from start to finish. I can certainly recommend this to all Follett fans

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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