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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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    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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    Carol Stockton, IL, United States 08-09-12
    Carol Stockton, IL, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good character development"
    Would you listen to A Dangerous Fortune again? Why?

    I'm not sure I would listen to it again, but, I have read it twice and passed it on to others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy listening to a story well told with interesting characters. Ken Follett is a favorite author.

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    Germaine 12-26-11
    Germaine 12-26-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible!"

    This is only appropriate for those who are sexually unfulfilled, and those who oppose women's suffrage. Also a good read for those who like thematic repetition and a grade 9 reading level of difficulty. I wish I could get my time and money back.

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    Joseph 12-19-11
    Joseph 12-19-11
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    "Great historical mystery."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Outstanding character development and intrigue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The charcter development and detailed descriptions.


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

    No


    Do you think A Dangerous Fortune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Follet has a wonderful portfolio historical novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 12-12-11
    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 12-12-11
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    "A Mystery With a Narrative"
    Where does A Dangerous Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Even though my audiobook preferences are classics, I found this book spellbounding The narrative was crafted on the John Grisham model as the outcome was unpredictable but like the English novel pleasing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augusta was my favorite character and this does Michael Page honor, as his voice renditions of the female characters are worthy of Shakespeare. Also, the author develops this wicked and self centered character so carefully that she garners sympathy.


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

    Unfortunately not however I will keep him in mind as I select more.


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

    Since this was a 2 volume book, there were many directional changes in the story. Most were unsuspected as most of life is; but the most memorable to me was the last scene of the book - an ending at the beginning of the story.


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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 12-07-11
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Follett's got skills"

    This is not great literature but pure entertainment with a nostalgic feel. It reads like an old movie. As usual for Follett, there is history, adventure, mystery and romance of an erotic nature. It's good fun. Richard's wife again.

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    Lyndsie R. Suttle West Virginia 12-02-11
    Lyndsie R. Suttle West Virginia 12-02-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Wish it didn't have to end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was an amazing read from the first page! I'd recommend it to anyone!


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

    I didn't think there could be so many twists and turns in a story! I never could have predicted how it would turn out.


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

    I have never listened to Michael Page before, but I thought his performance was incredible. He really painted a picture in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book every spare minute until I finished it. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next and how it would turn out, but I really didn't want it to end. A great read all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 11-30-11
    HIII 11-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Follett Fluff"

    A good period piece, it was interesting to hear about banking senior partners. The sex seems long and drawn out especially with Michael Page's clipped, rapid pace! It was entertaining to the end. But when it ends it is over, the listener is not left with anything for additional thoughts or feelings.

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    david waterford, michigan, United States 11-23-11
    david waterford, michigan, United States 11-23-11
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    "another very good ken follett listen"

    filled with twist and turns with the great ken follett's wit, surprises and feel good ending

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    Amazon Customer 11-19-11
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    "Another Great Follett Story"

    Although I have to say that Michael Page does not do this story justice, especially with his too fast speech in the beginning, it was still a very enjoyable listen. Similar to other Ken Follett stories, with its twists and turns, conspiracy, murder, and sensual scenes, I have loved them all. I just wish he would stick with Jason Lee as his narrator--by far my favorite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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