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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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    Abby 10-23-17
    Abby 10-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Five BIG ✳️✳️✳️✳️✳️"

    I'm always wary to commit to a lengthy book. ( actually, not only books!) This book is worth every star. In fact, I'm going to buy one of Ken Follett's major works right now.

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    michael 09-18-17
    michael 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    this book was awesome! I highly recommend! very entertaining! ken follet is the man for sure!

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    M.W. 09-18-17
    M.W. 09-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Follett Doesn't Disappoint"
    Any additional comments?

    Ken Follett can always be counted on to write a great story. In Follett style, this story follows several characters as their paths cross. He makes all of those characters interesting and believable. This is well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seahawk Portland OR 08-31-17
    Seahawk Portland OR 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sweeping Follett tale"

    Wonderful story of greed, love and murder - Victorian style. Great characters, wonderful prose with inspired dialog. Vintage Follett

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Claremore, OK, United States 08-05-17
    Margaret Claremore, OK, United States 08-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    The very 1st book I read by Ken Follett was Eye of the Needle and I have never been disappointed. A Dangerous Fortune grabbed my attention immediately and I had a very hard time putting the book down. The characters are so realistic with the attention to their dress down to the description of the buildings. I highly recommend reading this book and caution you about getting a lot of sleep while reading the book.

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    Nix Johannesburg; South Africa 06-21-17
    Nix Johannesburg; South Africa 06-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping Read"

    As always Ken Follet produces an excellent well written story. You get so involved with the the people in the book that it feels like they are part of your life.

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    Billie Jo Reiter 05-27-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Least Favorite Follett Book"

    I have read most of Ken Follett's books and this one was my least favorite. The story line was slow moving and dull. Very disappointed in this book.

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    Candace Russell 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Downrated for gratuitous animal abuse"

    This was an interesting and absorbing book, but when authors include scenes of animal abuse, that's always going to be the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the book - and I don't like it. I wasn't having any trouble figuring out who the villains were without that kind of nastiness. It spoiled what I thought could have been a very enjoyable read/listen.

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    Michelle M Monagin 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great!"

    Loved it. this was the first of Follet's books I have read, but it won't be the last.

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    AnielaS 02-12-17
    AnielaS 02-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Black sheep of the family who at the end is almost the only one withstanding the trials of life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story kept me interested and curious about what is going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
    Potten End, United Kingdom
    5/12/11
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    "Fabulous"

    I grabbed this as a way in to Follet while not having to sit through 50 hours of Pillars of the Earth. I was not disappointed. The story is masterfully crafted and keeps moving with the two main plots being whether or not Hugh and Maisy will get together and when or if the bad guywill get his due deserts. Great story, great characters and an unusual but satisfying, fitting end.

    I loved it and fear I will have no choice now but to take the plunge and get Pillars of the Earth!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mongfhind
    7/11/14
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    "Well written and enjoyable but not outstanding."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio books as I can listen to and enjoy them anywhere. Audio books comes into its own when carrying out boring tasks like ironing or on a tedious bus journey to work.


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Fortune to, and why?

    I compare A Dangerous Fortune to other works by Ken Follett which I have read and enjoyed, Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and the Kingsbridge novels all of whom are well researched, well written and absorbing. Some of the plot of A Dangerous Fortune lacks credibility, however the characters are well-drawn and the overall story is good. I much preferred the narrator John Lee's style to Michael Page's, John Lee portrayal of the different characters was plausible, whereas Michael Page's characters' voices seemed almost comic, especially the older women. They sounded like pantomime dames which was not intention, I'm sure, but it spoiled my enjoyment a little. To balance that though his speech was clear and smooth.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    As I have said above, Michael Page's narration of some of the characters's parts was not as polished as I would have hoped.


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

    Let's say, two or three sittings not one.


    Any additional comments?

    None springs to mind.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    7/21/13
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    "Wonderful addictive story"

    After listening to all Ken Follett's epic novels, I downloaded this to listen to on holiday. It took a couple of chapters to get in to but after that I just loved it. You hate his villains and love his central characters. Twists, turns and tragedies, classic Follett!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • elizabeth
    ALFORD, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Good"
    What did you like most about A Dangerous Fortune?

    The whole story unfolds very nicely


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He brought each charactor to life


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

    Yes but I cant reveal it or it might spoil the story


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "A splendid melodrama"

    Set in the second half of the 19th century the story starts with an unexplained drowning at a public school. The lives of the boys involved are entertainingly intertwined in this melodramatically good yarn of how that accident had ramifications down the decades. Like a fairy-tale good and evil battle it out, but here the failure of banks is the topical backdrop to characters who revel in villainy, licentiousness and intrigue set against those who are honourable, loyal and parsimonious. The story is full of suspense as the fortunes of the Pilaster banking family are affected by favoritism, folly, felony and foreign events. There are some wonderfully over-the-top characters such as the domineering mother, Augusta, and the devilishly attractive and manipulative Micky Miranda from South America.
    Class, race, gender and religious prejudices abound in this colourful narrative with its Victorian values and the consequent hypocrisy.

    I greatly enjoyed this book and thought the narrator excellent.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Brooksies
    Belgium
    6/27/12
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    "Entertaining, Enthralling, Exciting"

    I have to say, I love Ken Follet, I've read most of his books and The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favourites. I already read this book 15 years ago but it was nice to listen to again. I did not remember all the plot twists and was excited to see how it would all end.
    It is written in his laid-back style and you can't wait to here what is going to happen next. Its also a very nice portrayal of the time, with intrigues in the financial world.
    Book is also remarkably up to date with all the banks that are crashing at the moment, history repeats itself...
    The readingby Michael page is also very nice, with good accents and pauses at the right moments.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • barjil
    BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "Disappointing"

    I usually read the comments from readers before I buy a book, and these generally confirm the fact that reading taste is a totally individual thing - books I love some people can't finish and vice versa. Readers I enjoy are irritating to others and so on. However, whatever criticism I read of Ken Follett I'd probably ignore because the books he writes are usually well researched and the subject matter interesting. Not this time, though. All the people in it are horrible and their lives tawdry and I'm limping on to the end because I don't like to give up. I suppose it does point up the morals and social differences of the 19th century but says nothing original on the subject. After the blockbusters on the 20th century that he's written, this is a sad disappointment.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/30/11
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    "An excellent listen"

    It moves at a great pace throughout and is an excellent story. As with previous books by this author one needs to be prepared for some graphic detail and colourful language which I could personally do without, but that said, his storytelling is fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    12/17/09
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    "SuperDuper!"

    Love it. Great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Perth, United Kingdom
    7/31/11
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    "A Dangerous Fortune"

    Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific book. Superbly researched, excellently read and a real gripper from start to finish. I can certainly recommend this to all Follett fans

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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