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Publisher's Summary

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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Not Enough Meat

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration

The narrator really lowered the quality of the novel. Her portrayal of the male characters was unconvincing, monotone and distracting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Worth It

What disappointed you about The Prodigal Daughter?

The first 23 chapters covered the same story from Kane & Abel.

What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

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.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't read to the end...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Women shouldn't try to sound like men!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no

What did you like best about this story?

good plat, but much of it was a rehash of one of the authors earlier books--what's with that?

How could the performance have been better?

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 :(

Was The Prodigal Daughter worth the listening time?

Not if you have something to do besides driving up and down Interstate 5 by yourself

Any additional comments?

Audible or authors need to match the reader to the book better--a bad reader can ruin a book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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If you read the Prodigal Son Don't Borther

What disappointed you about The Prodigal Daughter?

Two thirds of the book is a recap of the prodigal son. Waste of time

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

Weak follow up to the prodigal son<br/><br/><br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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disappointing follow up to Kane and Abel

What would have made The Prodigal Daughter better?

more complex story lines and characters.

What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

followed more of the formula of the Kane and Abel with more interesting characters and motivations.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

The reader read this book too fast in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if I'll read the 3rd title in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth sequel to the Kane and Abel

The best part of this series is just how enticing it is and how smoothly it reads. However, there are a couple of reasons I didn't give it a 5/5.

1. I read the first book and don't need a refresher that goes through the previous story for about 1/5th the length of this book.
2. The end was rather abrupt.

The storyline of how the daughter of a Polish immigrant on her journey to the highest office in the US to be the most powerful person on Earth was quite something.

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Felt like it was being narrated by a robot

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Anyone. She was the worst ever. I almost laughed out loud several times because I couldn't believe that it got published like that

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disappointment with this book

I have read many of Archers book and am a big fan. This was repetitive and to similar to the first book in the series. Some of the same lines were used. I really had trouble finishing the book.

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Great story, We'll told. Narrated in an excellent

Great story, well shown. Reader was excellent. Vocal variety and pulses just right. Thanks