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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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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-23-09
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-23-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I hardly have the words... this novel was not what it appeared from the publisher's summary. There was a murder mystery set among the upper eschelons of Victorian London, but there was also the seemy underside not mentioned in it. Brothels abound, and the scenes set in them, and in facct all of the scenes involving sex, were grotesque, off-putting, and faintly disturbing. I must assume that this was the desired effect, because it was done so consistantly, but still... The rest of the story was all right, but in no way particularly engaging. The characters weren't deep, the plot was not especially clever, and over everything was the twisted, grotesque sex, even in the simplest things. The only good thing I can find to say is that the narrator is quite enjoyable.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 08-20-08
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 08-20-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Satisfying Read"

    This book was thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are brought to life in a believable, historical context, read by a fine narrator.

    I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 08-22-14
    Calliope 08-22-14
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    "Oy, vey -- what a soap opera!"

    If you're captivated by the machinations of wealthy families....well, this might be the book for you. I found the story dragged on and on with predictability, but then the last chapters felt rushed as if Follett felt the need to wrap things up quickly. All the regular suspects are there (the rich snob, the hooker with a heart of gold, the honourable son, the black sheep of the family, the evil foreigner) but they don't add up to anything unexpected and aren't written with much subtlety or imagination. Follett seems to me to write some excellent books and some very average ones, and this is solidly in the second category.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-12-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "BUTTERED BUM"

    TRUTH IS, HE IS EVIL THROUGH AND THROUGH
    This book is like a mini epic, following a couple of families from childhood to old age, from rags to riches, from riches to rags. If your in a mood for an epic, but don't have the time for three books 20+ hours long a piece, then this may be your answer. It is not great literature, but it kept my attention for 16+ hours. It was predictable, but like a car wreck, I could not quit listening. The evil characters are evil through and through. I like the way they are mostly plotting and conniving. I like how they insult people without making it obvious. I used to work with a woman who would do that all the time. If you called her on it, she would act all innocent, as if she did not know what you where talking about.

    "DO YOU THINK ABOUT FINANCES ALL THE TIME?" NO, HUGH THOUGHT, I THINK ABOUT YOUR BREASTS ALL THE TIME.
    This is only my second novel by Follett, but what I notice is that he does not ignore sex in everyday life. He does not make it the over whelming part or get that explicit, but there is lots of it. Maybe with women it is different, but men think about sex, once every so many seconds (based on age). It is a big part of life and effects a lot of what we do, so to ignore it is to ignore life as it really is. YOU ALWAYS GET PREGNANT FROM ONE F.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-04-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-04-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Unheralded But Very Good"

    Read most of his books, but somehow overlooked this one. You will enjoy the journey as his characters begin to take shape and command your attention. By the time I was half way through the book, I began to manage my time such that I could spend more with the book. When that happens, I'm more than willing to grant the highest ratings.
    Cheers, Ken

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oakland, CA, United States 05-19-12
    Michael Oakland, CA, United States 05-19-12
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    "Well-Plotted Melodrama. Fun to Hear."

    Ken Follett can craft plot twists and evolutions with the best of them, and he creates characters you care about to follow the plot. Appealing protagonists, evil villains, dire straits, appalling treachery, and satisfying revenge. I was drawn in, and looked forward every day to my commute to hear what happened next. I enjoyed Michael Page's narration, and have added him to my list of search parameters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Austin, TX, United States 01-05-12
    Melissa Austin, TX, United States 01-05-12
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    "I see a pattern"

    I have read a lot of Ken Follett's books and some are really good. Fall of Giants is probably on my top 10, but he has developed characters that he uses in every story. He has strong willed women and misunderstood geniuses. There are things larger than the two main characters and their unrequited love at play. There is manipulation but through it all, the good guys develop more and more character while the bad guys degenerate.
    If you like Ken Follett this is what you should expect. If you've never read anything of his, start with his larger books. They were worth every minute I stayed up late, hurting myself trying to finish them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-20-11
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Great Wealth, History, Great Characters & Conflict"

    Having just watched Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" on TV, I have to admit that his stories are somewhat formulaic, but they are so well written that I love them anyway. The bad guys are all bad, and the good guys so good that - in another writer's hands - the book could be dull and predictable. But Follett manages to engage the reader from the first page to the last. Loved this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 02-05-10
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 02-05-10

    Avid Listener of Audible

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    "Worth reading, but...."

    This is a good book; however, there is a lot of plotting by the "evil doers." It begins to get a bit tiresome. All in all, it is entertaining and the characters are well written. I loved the accents the narrator gave some of the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M Burlingame, CA, United States 05-27-09
    M Burlingame, CA, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining but flawed historical fiction"

    Many authors write historical fiction set in and around the Victorian age that is entertaining and not particularly profound. Fun books in this category include James Clavell's "Noble House" and "Gai-Jin," and Michael Crichton's "The Great Train Robbery." Ken Follett has written two of my favorite historical entertainments, "Pillars of the Earth," and "World Without End." (Set in medieval, not Victorian, England.) But none of these books resorts to inventing a fictional South American country that is central to the plot nor does any stray as far from the actual events of the time as "A Dangerous Fortune." I don't think even Sidney Sheldon fabricated a country in his potboilers. One likes to think that the history in these books has at least a reasonable semblance to reality. For me, this was a fatal flaw.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Liam
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    12/17/09
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    "SuperDuper!"

    Love it. Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    11/29/15
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    "Ken Follett has done it again"

    Really a brilliantly executed book.

    As per usual Ken Follett has written splendidly, his characters take on life and are either to be loved or hated.

    The tension in the activities and planning of the nasty elements really has me on the edge of my seat, but there is love, caring and consideration shown by some of the characters which is excellently portrayed too.

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  • Loraine P
    11/7/15
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    "More like Mills & Boone than Follett"

    Having enjoyed the Century trilogy, I expected a similar standard of writing. I was wrong!

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  • Matt Ashmall
    7/21/15
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    "Another Great Listen from Mr Follett"
    Any additional comments?

    Yet again this long listen is captivating from start to finish. The development of the characters over time leads you to love some and hate others. To compare it to a pantomime is very unfair but there were points in the story where you want to shout 'he's behind you' or 'oh no he didn't'. Follett weaves a tangled web of releationships between characters that never gets too complicated and, unusually, I didnt have to listen to any part twice to ensure I understood what was going on. If you liked 'Pillars of the Earth' you will love this too,although we are slightly more up to date with this one. This could easily be a mini TV series, a cross between Downton, Mr Selfridge & Ripper Street. The narration is excellent and I would be very surprised if any people return this one to Auduble having not liked it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Al
    5/20/15
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    "Ken Follet is always good"

    Wonderfully read. This is one of many Ken Follet stories I have read/listened too and despite always being slightly reticent as to the story (via reading the synopsis) they always guarantee to be interesting.

    A mix of historical and novel - any of his books are worth a try.

    Superbly narrated and excellent value for money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Busster
    London UK
    5/7/15
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    "Great story well told and brilliantly read."

    Had read the book when it was first published but had forgotten it. Glad I had as I enjoyed this audio version even more. Praise must go to the reader too as he really made the characters come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/2/15
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    "Captivating"

    Enjoyable with many twists to the plot. Believable and intriguing inside into upper class life in the period. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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