Master storyteller Jeffrey Archer keeps listeners hooked with The Prodigal Daughter.
With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.
Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world - and to build a future with the woman he loves.
With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the past - a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.
©1982 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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This book was weird. I don’t mean the storyline or the plot, that was good enough, but I mean the way it was written. I felt like I was reading an outline instead of a novel.
The first part of the book covered what we already knew from Book 1 - Kane & Abel, but from the POV of Able’s daughter Florentyna. I felt it was logical that this part of the story was told in bold strokes because it was a recap, but I didn’t realise that this segment was going to take up nearly half the book and that the almost point-form style of the writing would continue throughout.
It’s as if the author wrote up the entire outline of the story with all the plot points in place, next he started to randomly pepper it with a little bit of dialogue here and there, he developed certain scenes in more detail, then gave up and decided to submit that as the finished product.
I was never able to warm up to the writing style. With almost no dialogue, we only sporadically heard the character’s voice and therefore never really built an emotional connection to anyone. Consequently, I felt more annoyed by Florentyna rise to the top – it was more like: here we go again, “everything she does is winner” instead of feeling happy for her that she achieved a goal and feeling for her through her struggles to get there.
I’m still in for book 3 and I will read it next while the story is still fresh in my mind but I really hope that the high-level almost point-form format does not continue in the next instalment!
The first 23 chapters covered the same story from Kane & Abel.
Very poor. Much preferred the narrator from Kane & Abel who got the nuances of the woman much better. Loved her in Kane & Abel. No connection in The Prodigal's Daughter.
Couldn't read to the end...
good plat, but much of it was a rehash of one of the authors earlier books--what's with that?
The reader not good at all for this book. Bad male impersonation; better yet, have a man read the male roles. This reader has the same problem in Kathery Dance books when she trys male impersonation. Ruins the book. I keep forgetting to check out the reader befre I buy :(
Not if you have something to do besides driving up and down Interstate 5 by yourself
Audible or authors need to match the reader to the book better--a bad reader can ruin a book.
Two thirds of the book is a recap of the prodigal son. Waste of time
Weak follow up to the prodigal son
more complex story lines and characters.
followed more of the formula of the Kane and Abel with more interesting characters and motivations.
The reader read this book too fast in my opinion.
Not sure if I'll read the 3rd title in the series.
I read this book after reading Kane and Abel and it pretty much repeats the story from the daughter's angle. Interesting but I literally knew exactly what took place on every chapter and it got boring pretty fast.
If you haven't read the first book it would be probably be interesting but if choosing between the two, read the first one and stop there. Not worth bothering with this one.
Yes but with a different story, no more repetition
Don't make 2 books of the same story.
Avid reader (listener). I work in dog rescue in Arkansas, am married and am 62 years old.
This book would be in my top 20 books. It contains a lot of history and the successful life of a woman whose father immigrated from Poland and created a very successful life in the hotel industry. The book is a sequel to Kane and Able and, although it is a stand-alone book, reading Kane and Able first would give you more history into this family.
Florentyna is the main character and probably my favorite. I read the book during the summer of 2016 when Hillary Clinton was running for president and this character reminded me of Clinton in a way. It may not be the same for other readers a couple of years from now.
Lorelei King is another great narrator. The book can be excellent, but if the narrator is not, the book is ruined. She did a wonderful job with voices and inflection ... very enjoyable.
There were definitely things in this book that occurred that I wish had not occurred ... I won't elaborate on those, you will find them yourselves as you listen. But there were things that shocked me, where I said, "OH, NO!!!" There were light parts of the book and very sad parts of the book.
I believe this book was actually a better book than Kane and Able, although it was a very good listen, but I believe, now that I've listened to both, I would listen to Kane and Able first before listening to this one, even though they give you enough history from Kane and Able in the first few chapters of this book to set the stage for this novel.
Jeffrey Archer hit this one out of the park. Have thoroughly enjoyed the Kane and Able series. Florentyna Rosnovsk is one of a kind and her life is lived the same way. This book had several predictable areas as well as many unique, interesting twists and turns. Definitely recommend this book.
One of top writer Jeffery Archer' best stories. High quality audio and talented narration. Highly recommend whole series
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