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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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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.

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  • Carolyn
  • jackson, WY, United States
  • 02-05-10

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.

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  • Jerrbear
  • Post Falls, ID United States
  • 05-07-09

I love Ken Follett

I started out with Pillars of the Earth, then World Without End. I have listened to both of them twice. I listened to a couple other of his shorter books next, but neither were as good as this one. Once you become familiar with the main characters, the momentum builds to the climax.

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  • Sandra
  • Coppell, TX, USA
  • 04-30-09

i like a mystery

and as usual, ken f writes good ones. i will listen to this one again.

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A Dangerous Fortune is classic Ken Follett

A Dangerous Fortune is simply outstanding fiction. Ken Follett, as usual, brings attention to detail and you gain a real appreciation for England in the last third of the 19th century, as well as the effect the banking industry had on people's lives when they failed, before governments insured them. The plot is well-threaded, ebbs and flows, good guys seem to gain upper hand, then bad guys, back and forth to a well-written end. I was at first reluctant of the story line, preferring Follett's WWII novels but this one easily captivated me. Follett's novels are so captivating that it is easy to follow all the (and there are many) characters, unlike some novels where you forget who is who. I recommend this novel high, right up there with Night over Water or Pillars of the Earth.
The reader did a great job also, well-spoken, clearly differentiated the voices. I highly recommend him also.

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  • Sam
  • MORRISVILLE, NC, United States
  • 01-30-09

Excellent!

I loved this book. As a constant listener of Audible, I found this to be one of my favorites! I enjoyed all of the characters and could not stop listening to it.

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Follet has written another masterpiece thriller

Ken Follet has written another masterpiece thriller. The story is a complex of story line and characters, whose lives intersect over a life time. In his usual manner he has well developed characters and there is no mistaking the "good guys" from the "bad guys". You cheer when the bad guys get their just desserts, but you heart is broken when one of the good guys falls victim to one of the bad guys.

You will enjoy every moment you listen to this novel.

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  • Betty
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-28-09

not his best, but still good

I've read and enjoyed many of Follett's books; this one was good, but not his best. It went on too long and at times the plot strained credulity, but it's still a good way to while away a trip or long commute.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 04-09-11

Take your chances

Follett tries to emulate John Galsworthy by creating a Forsythe Saga with murder and brothels and victims Some of the characters seem like early drafts of those found in Fall of Giants.

My advice: either choose another listen about (murder and late Victorian brothels and victims) or download The Forsythe Saga.

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  • Annette
  • bloomington, IL, United States
  • 04-01-17

Don't waste your time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought the story was very boring and the author is a Jeffrey Archer wanna-be. It was so similar to the Clifton Chronicles I am surprised it isn't considered plagiarism. At least the Archer novels had some character development and interest.

What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

It was predictable and boring. The sex was gratuitous and was not necessary. Maybe he wanted to make it seem like an adult novel? It lacked character depth and interest. I knew in the very beginning how it would end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Page’s performances?

With the script he had to work with it wasn't terrible, but the female voices were irritating.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No it had no redeeming qualities. The only reason I listened to the end is because I paid for it.

Any additional comments?

Do not waste your time or money. I have not read any of Mr. Follett's other novels, but after this book I won't bother.

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  • Rdavies
  • 02-02-15

Captivating

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

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  • A Mum
  • 04-13-18

Couldn't stop listening

This was the first Ken Collette book I had bought. I really enjoyed the story telling and once I got onto it I was reluctant to stop.

Although sometimes the narrator's accents were a little off this is a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Chris of SW
  • 03-12-18

Another excellent Follett masterpiece.

Ken Follett is a master story teller and although this book was written earlier than his more famous novels it is still exciting and the characters are believable . He has the ability to draw you into the world he is writing about .The performance enhanced the story and so worth listening to.

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  • Sheila
  • 02-23-18

Loved it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself absorbed. The narrator was excellent and every type of character was involved - the good, bad and the ugly.

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  • Lee
  • 02-22-18

Dangerous Fortune review

Excellent story line, kept your interest throughout, more of the same please Mr Follet. Thank you

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  • SMc
  • 01-07-18

A good easy listen.

A well written plot, easy to follow with enough twists to make it one of those books you needn't put down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-17

great story in classic Ken Follett style

classic storytelling, would have liked it to be longer though. overall really good. I enjoyed it

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  • Big Mig
  • 09-29-17

Period crime thriller

Excellent saga with a murderous sub plot. Plenty of twists and turns and a cliffhanger finish

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  • Phil Fos
  • 08-13-17

Not sure about this!

What would have made A Dangerous Fortune better?

A better narrator might have made a difference to a story that I found tedious.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't finish it.

What didn’t you like about Michael Page’s performance?

Nothing

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  • Mrs Ann Timms
  • 07-13-17

Ken Follett does it again

Loved this book. I didn't want the book to end. The delivery of the audio book was excellent and easy on the ear.. looking forward to another of Ken' s masterpieces soon