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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Good, but not up to Follet's standards

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Fortune?

The plot that concluded the story

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good voice effects

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

the characters were a little over done...some were like comic book characters...unintended, but almost funny and from central casting

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  • David
  • Anderson, SC, United States
  • 08-19-13

What characters!!

I missed this Ken Follet book along the way but sure was glad I found it. His characters are outstanding and the story, as usual, a winner.

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Less than Follett's best is still very good

I was introduced to Ken Follett with Pillars of the Earth and have been a fan ever since. I have mostly listened to his stories and the performances of Michael Page, on this story and John Lee on others are both top notch.

I find a common formula in all of Follett's stories where there is a protagonist who endures heartbreaking struggles and a villain who unfairly seems to thrive and supporting entourages of characters in the continuum between them.

A Dangerous Fortune explores honour, courage, deceit, love and loyalty. Some of my favorite Follett stories take longer to develop a bigger cast of characters and more complex plot, but this one does it in about 16 hours, which was long enough in this case. Like I said before, it is not my favorite Follett book, but I am running out of choices and he is such a good story-teller that any of his are worth hearing

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  • mark
  • hardin, KY, United States
  • 02-25-13

Great book!

Just love Ken Follett this was my forth of his books i find the books are all hard to put down.

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  • Carol
  • Melbourne, FL, United States
  • 02-04-13

Interesting banking family

What did you love best about A Dangerous Fortune?

The world and banking history.

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

The plot was compelling and interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

The mother trying to push the trunk into the sea.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have any extreme reactions but it proves that what goes around comes around.

Any additional comments?

I would like to read more books like this one.

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Generations of Family Intrigue

This book is a story of class, status, and family rivalries in late 19th Century England. The intrigue of a secret the boys from a boarding school share all their lives runs throughout. It was a real "page turner". Well done. The narrator was easy to understand and did a fairly good job of creating different voices for the characters. I would choose this narrator again.

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Great plot

Well done, fabulous characters. Follett at his best. This is his stride, he hits the mark . Much more believable than his bible length histories.

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Sucked All The Way In

What a ride! I sound like a broken record, but Ken Follett is one helluva story teller! I have to admit it took me a while to really get into it, but once I did there was no looking back.

It was completely engrossing!

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Outstanding historical fiction indeed!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's the total package of a story line and narration!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Fortune?

The final chapter ties it all together where good people triumph over evil mongrels.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

Excellent character portrayals

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep

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Not into historical stories but...

This was an awesomely written and told book. The characters pull you in all the way to the end. When the story is over you want the story to continue. Must listen to this one!