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)
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.
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.
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.
Jen in So Cal
I can't think of anything short of rewriting the entire story that would make me score this 4 or 5 stars.
Yes, but more cautiously.
Not much. He did ok - I gave him 3 stars.
Many of what I considered gratuitous sex scenes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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