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A Dangerous Fortune | [Ken Follett]

A Dangerous Fortune

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.
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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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    S. Smith Phoenix, AZ USA 12-17-12
    S. Smith Phoenix, AZ USA 12-17-12

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    "Good story, so so narration"
    What aspect of Michael Page’s performance would you have changed?

    His accent is overdone most of the time and his female voices are not believable and too "breathy".


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    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 12-01-12
    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 12-01-12
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    "Ken Follet is a master of hystorical fiction"

    Ken Follet is an amazing story teller. In this novel he takes the reader into the mid 1800's London society. He presents the tensions between aristocracy and the business men of the time.
    By following a family of bankers, Follet gives us a glimpse into the early stages of what was to become our modern banking system. Although the book is fiction based in the 1800's and written in the 1990's (before the big banking crash of 2008), the story reveals the birth of some of the vices that still haunt the banking system to this day.

    The narrator is a super artist with a clear voice and pleasant cadence

    So far every book I have listened from Ken Follet has been a winner.

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    Marilyn ChesterfieLd, MO, USA 11-13-12
    Marilyn ChesterfieLd, MO, USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Effects of Money - Too Much + Not Enough"
    Where does A Dangerous Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A solid read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the main character Hugh because he was a hard worker and conscientious about his responsibilities toward others.


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    ron United States 10-29-12
    ron United States 10-29-12
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    "great listen"
    What did you love best about A Dangerous Fortune?

    held my interest


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

    yes. lots of twists and turns


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    mostly


    Any additional comments?

    like ken follett, have several of his classics

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    Leanne 10-24-12
    Leanne 10-24-12
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    "Great Read"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Fortune the most enjoyable?

    The ups and downs of the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intrigue, jealousy, murder


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Yes I forgot I was listening to only one person


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

    Yes


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    Sr Emmitsburg, MD, United States 10-22-12
    Sr Emmitsburg, MD, United States 10-22-12
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    "A gripping story from beginning to end!"
    If you could sum up A Dangerous Fortune in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, mesmerizing, and totally thrilling


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

    Yes! The plot kept me on the edge of my seat because it was so unpredictable and exciting!


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

    I thought that the performance was well done by the one narrator who was very talented in his ability to change his voice for each character. He made the story very real. However, to make the performance any better, I believe that there would need to be more performers reading the story.


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

    There were many adventurous and thrilling moments in the book. I'm unable to pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, adventure and consistently good writing.

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    mikeinLA CA, USA 10-02-12
    mikeinLA CA, USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Fun, enjoyable story and performance"
    What did you love best about A Dangerous Fortune?

    Easy to follow, interesting and fun story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice mix of good and bad characters, a little action, a little intrigue - the story keeps moving along. Lots of fun.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    Cathi Miami, Florida, United States 10-01-12
    Cathi Miami, Florida, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Follet, entertaining, does not disappoint"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Fortune the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the story. As in other books, Ken Follett is great at characterization and you can really feel the book's heroes and villains come alive. The multiple plots, twists, and points of view are always entertaining and keep you listening. The setting in 19th century England is interesting, and it provides good insight into the banking world.


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    M. Grant New Zealand 09-10-12
    M. Grant New Zealand 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A rich insight to an undiscovered time & society"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Fortune the most enjoyable?

    A story that followed people that seemed real and plausible. It followed a time and events that made a time in history come alive.


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

    It was easy to follow and the story followed lifelike people.


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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-16-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Follet's Best!"

    I loved this book; it's right up there with Pillars of the Earth. Great story plus great characters & plot = Great book. Narration was excellent. You won't be disappointed.

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