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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543612905
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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 where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a young man's death, must be stopped - or the dreams of a nation will die. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avril | 2/19/2014

    " elite, love, patience, bank, classic, rich and scandalous... favorite :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Burgess | 2/18/2014

    " Brilliant from start to finish! Characters brilliantly 'real' . Page turning can't put it down stuff . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad Toft | 2/10/2014

    " Ken Follet's family sagas are a fascinating way to look at a time period although reading more than one a year is not recommended as many of the characters seem to crop up in each one. Having said that, the plot twists and turns and kept me hanging on until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dian Iriska | 2/6/2014

    " Got this book from my friend, Dwi. First Ken Follet book I read. I could not put it down until the last page. :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Baker | 2/3/2014

    " It's good, but too much sex in it. I was like, "what? again!" Hugh was a bit unbelievable sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth Laychak | 2/1/2014

    " Not my favorite Ken Follett, but still a good easy read. It follows a Victorian era family over the course of 20 some years. Historical fiction, with a little mystery thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raghuveer | 1/17/2014

    " as to be one of the best i'v read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2014

    " A lot of evil people in this book. It was good -- quite suspenseful. I like Ken Follet's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Savonick | 12/12/2013

    " Lots of intriguing plot twists, but too many heaving alabaster bosoms for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Grant | 12/12/2013

    " I was surprised that I liked this one. Kind of a Soapy departure for this author but all in all-a good story that doesn't flag and I cared about the characters and what happens to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 11/25/2013

    " A London banker family with alot of conniving, back-stabbing, sex and murder. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. I liked other Ken Follett books better. I never hope my family treats me this way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 8/19/2013

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE ... LOVED this book!!! One of my favorite Follett novels. He is truly a master! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicola | 7/19/2013

    " Vorhersehbar, klischeebeladen und noch nicht einmal besonders gut geschrieben. Meiner Meinung nach reine Zeitverschwendung. Und DAS ist der gleiche Autor, der "Die Nadel" geschrieben hat. Lang, lang ist's her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 5/24/2013

    " You will not be able to put it down. Ken Follett at his most engaging. Great, ripping yarn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 3/29/2013

    " A wonderful story - one of the best I have read. Follett is truly a gifted writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 richard | 3/20/2013

    " Good read, especially if you like early English history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepa | 11/22/2012

    " breathtaking saga and thriller,fast paced page turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nordia | 9/29/2012

    " Light read. Suitable summer read. Predictable heavy-booted plot. Certainly not Folletts best. Feels strained from the author's hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 9/25/2012

    " I would never have read this kind of novel, if it was not written by KF. He is an author that keeps you riveted; not matter the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerryseldin | 6/15/2012

    " I couldn't put it down...and to me that's a 5 star rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adri | 2/22/2012

    " Where to start? Not one of my favourite Follet's, sorry to say. At times I just wanted Ken to 'get on with it'. I found the story to drag in places and yet in other places I thought it could have benefitted from a bit of fleshing out. Feeling quite ambivalent about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Pringle | 2/1/2012

    " I didn't like this book by Ken Follett as much as the Fall of Giants which I LOVED, but this book definitely grew on me as I got further into the book and the plots thickened and characters developed. Though the mom Augusta really drove me NUTS! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joi Paras | 6/14/2011

    " My favorite Ken Follet book. Read too many times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/12/2011

    " Lots of characters and lots of interesting details about banking in the robber baron days. Overall, a really good read! (and some poetic justice well served in the end pages!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 5/17/2011

    " Not one of my favorite Ken Follett but an interesting read just the same...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alec88 | 5/13/2011

    " Not as good as his other books. The plot and characters were predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolin | 5/4/2011

    " It was a easy fun book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juli | 5/4/2011

    " Wieder ein grandioses Werk von Ken Follett. Wer die historischen Romane von ihm mochte, wird dieses Buch lieben. Eine spannende Familiengeschichte, ein Mix aus Liebe, Intrigen und Verrat. Man kann gar nicht anders als das Buch zu verschlingen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/27/2011

    " A good beach read. Entertaining! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pavlína | 4/25/2011

    " Nekolik málo stránek, nemužu ješte hodnotit. Myslela jsem, že to bude "historictejší". Tak uvidím.
    Nezaujalo. Odloženo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 4/23/2011

    " This is my first experience with a Ken Follett book. And while this story was faced paced with some plot twists, I just kept thinking that I had read this story line several times before. I think Mr. Follett is a great writer though and I'm going to try another of his books in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 4/10/2011

    " not impressed at all. I prefer some of Follet's other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/4/2011

    " Very good book.... But then I have not yet read anything by Follett that I did not like. He is great at immersing you into the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chahlotte | 4/3/2011

    " The muzak of books. Easily digestible, predictible storyline. Good for killing time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/2/2011

    " Loved this book. Ken Follett is great at making you want to keep turning those pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 3/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It moved at a great pace, the characters were so real to me. I found myself hating some and rooting for others as the book progressed. Great life lessons presented in an entertaining and satisfying story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 3/24/2011

    " This is the best Follett novel that I've read. It's got a twisting plot set in late 19th Century London. It is an entertaining tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 3/23/2011

    " Another solid Ken Follett book. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Follett

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World without End, a national and international bestseller. His magnificent historical epic, the Century trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.