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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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    Andy 11-07-08
    Andy 11-07-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Very timely with the current financial collapse"

    Not his best, bit still entertaining and very interesting with the whole background of bank collapses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-04-08
    Robert 10-04-08
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    "Very slow start"

    The first hour or so I was about to throw the tape out. The readers voice for some of the characters really turned me OFF. I found it difficult to get into and then it finally picked up and was glad I forced myself through the "rough" listening parts. I've listened to much better from this author and this wasn't on the best list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-14-08
    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-14-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Predictable"

    I'm a Ken Follett fan, however, this was disappointing. The plot was predictable, the pace tedious. I'm perplexed by the rave reviews so many others gave it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 11-14-09
    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 11-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    If it weren't for Simon Prebble(deserving of 5 stars), my rating would have been no stars. How this book came to be listed as "historical thriller" escapes me. Period piece, yes - thriller, no! Highly dysfunctional characters abound. Found myself caring not a wit as to their ultimate ends. Ceased listening following the first section of the download. Absolute waste of time and money.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer G 04-15-13
    Jennifer G 04-15-13

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't think of anything short of rewriting the entire story that would make me score this 4 or 5 stars.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Yes, but more cautiously.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much. He did ok - I gave him 3 stars.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dangerous Fortune?

    Many of what I considered gratuitous sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    This story isn't a mystery - it started out so, but there wasn't any unfolding of anything more than characters that couldn't get me to feel anything for them - good or bad. The pregnancy was so predictable, the end to the villains was predictable. I bought it several months ago, got to a third, and just had to stop what had become noise in my head. I finally picked it up again after finishing another book and I found myself forwarding the chapters just to get through this book. Sorry Mr. Follett.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellen 09-27-09
    ellen 09-27-09
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    great book, good narration

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    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 03-23-09
    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 03-23-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Dark and depressing"

    The first 20 minutes were a joy. The book is well written and really, puts you there. But after the first few minutes it is very dark and depressing all the way the the end. If you are a masochist, go for it. Otherwise skip it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Douglasville, GA, USA 09-29-08
    Sam Douglasville, GA, USA 09-29-08 Member Since 2006
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    "more great follet"

    Another great listen by Ken Follet. Page narrates a well integrated tale that definitely keeps the readers interest from start to finish. Never a dull momoment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    Do not read. It is a nasty book. A story does not need sexual content to be interesting. I did not finish reading. It was awful.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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