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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
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"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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By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

Predictable Fun

Ken Follett never fails to entertain, and though this is not his best book it's got that "Can't stop listening, got to find out what happens next" quality that is the mark of a natural storyteller. I waffled between three and four stars - and decided on four because of that very quality. As always Follett introduces numerous engrossing if two-dimensional characters, he's great with his villains, the story moves at a great clip. The book is predictable, but still a fun read, almost a guilty pleasure.

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By Richard on 06-30-08

excellent period book

Ken Follet is my favorite author when he writes period pieces. His best was Pillars of the earth and right behind that was World without end. This book comes in third and that is why I gave it only four stars. It is pretty hard to match those first two books. The characters in this book are interesting and some very evil. The way he writes makes you believe they are real though. I won't give away the plot but will just say it held my attention and interest and is worth the download credit.

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28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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By Andrew on 05-12-11


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!

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By Mongfhind on 07-11-14

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.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Suzanne Tonkin on 11-05-17

great story

enjoyed this book from beginning to end. make sure you stay for the epilogue
well read too

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By Chris on 09-18-17

follett tells a great story.

as always ken follett keeps me engaged with a"good yarn" and intrresting characters. a light but absorbing story.

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