[Download] A Dangerous Fortune By Ken Follett

A Dangerous Fortune

By: Ken Follett
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 16 hours
Release date: May 1, 2017
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (24 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
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A breathtaking thriller featuring “political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises” (San Francisco Chronicle), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Column of Fire



In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.



From the exclusive men’s clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die.
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70 Responses to “[Download] A Dangerous Fortune By Ken Follett”

  1. richard/sharon

    Follett’s got skills
    This is not great literature but pure entertainment with a nostalgic feel. It reads like an old movie. As usual for Follett, there is history, adventure, mystery and romance of an erotic nature. It’s good fun. Richard’s wife again.

  2. Carolyn

    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.

  3. John M

    Enjoyable, solid work by Follett
    This book was certainly no “Pillars” or “World’s End” but it was a good read that I was always eager to resume on my daily commute. I did appreciate that, unlike many works of historical fiction, I was not confronted by characters were modern figures transported into the past. The characters in this book generally behaved as one would expect for the time period.

    In addition, this book had one of the better “coup de grace” moments toward the end of the book. Usually I feel the villain gets off too easily (or too quickly). Not this time.

    Overall a very good read that will not disappoint.

  4. Arnoldo Jungquist

    A good read
    I picked this one up after reading “Pillars of the Earth” and “World Without End”. A good and worth while read that made me look forward to the next long drive!

  5. Richard H.

    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.

  6. Genaro Florian

    engrossing and excellent
    brilliant story, beautifully read. kept me completely engrossed throuhout. i simply cannot understand the criticisms regarding the sexual content – it was quite tame and appropriate to the story and characters. one of my best downloads from service!

  7. Azzie P.

    Well-Plotted Melodrama. Fun to Hear.
    Ken Follett can craft plot twists and evolutions with the best of them, and he creates characters you care about to follow the plot. Appealing protagonists, evil villains, dire straits, appalling treachery, and satisfying revenge. I was drawn in, and looked forward every day to my commute to hear what happened next. I enjoyed Michael Page’s narration, and have added him to my list of search parameters.

  8. Mabel Nathoo

    Underdog Story
    This story ticks all the boxes if you like the classic “Dickensonian Struggles” (if you will). The writing is superb, and the narration is consistent.

  9. Avis Brents

    Great book
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dangerous Fortune to be better than the print version?

  10. Saundra J.

    Once you start…
    I listen to my audio books going to and from work, but this one was so hard to put down I was listening at lunch and during my breaks. I enjoyed every part of the story, the characters and the plot. Well done.

  11. Michale Keery

    clever performance if the characters
    the accents were very good, the voices h r l p rd you.imagine the characters

  12. Rosaria L.

    Satisfying Read
    This book was thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are brought to life in a believable, historical context, read by a fine narrator.

    I highly recommend this book.

  13. Pat T.

    Good and Bad
    This is a old fashioned Good against Bad book. I had no problem “reading” it to the end. The best part is that Good endured and won. If you want to “read” a book that will make you feel good, this is the one.

  14. BookReader

    A Dangerous Fortune
    Narrated by Michael Page, over sixteen hours of listening. This unabridged audiobook was released in 2008 by Blackstone Audio – although the original print version goes back to the late 90s.

    A Dangerous Fortune is a mystery – however, you understand who the bad-guys are throughout. Not a thriller, rather a family saga riddled with black sheep and spoiled brats. Takes place in England, beginning in the 1860s through the 1890s. All topics from rags to riches to homosexuality to illegitimacy to prostitution to elicit affairs to high stakes banking. A plethora of topics, including noble ethical standards, kindness, greed, debauchery, murder. Something for everyone! The story begins with a school drowning, the ramifications of which traverse the pages to a somewhat predictable ending.

    Typical of Follett, settings in A Dangerous Fortune, are wonderfully defined. The era, costumes, class system … you feel as if you are there, in that place, at that time – cinematic scenes. It took me a while to get hooked on the story … but after struggling through a few chapters, the soap opera aspect pulled me through to the conclusion.

    Michael Page does a credible job, female voices included. No trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who. Tempo, pacing fine. A production issue with the repeat of a few paragraphs in the recording, not a major issue … still.

    No gratuitous sex, but there are several such scenes relevant to the plot/character.

    Overall, a worthy listen. Enjoy!

  15. Latoyia M.

    Good read.
    This is my third read of a Ken Follet novel. Easy read. Fast on the move book. Each character very identifiable and well place in the story. Certainly worth a listen.

  16. Elisha Barner

    A great read
    Loved the book. It was a wonderful look into a different era. The story was excellent.

  17. Maximo Banter

    Great story, Great reader, Great ending
    I was hoping to listen to another book by Follett after Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I’m just not much into war stories. This one is perfect. It had a few little surprises and wraps up nicely in the end. The characters were terrific. The reader does the book justice. I just couldn’t stop listening to it and now I’m sad its finished.

  18. Donny Munk

    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.

  19. Customer

    Great book
    Great book. Narrator is excellent. Made a looong road trip go fast. Didn’t like the detailed sex scenes and could not have listened to it with any age kids in the car.

  20. Cinda New

    Unheralded But Very Good
    Read most of his books, but somehow overlooked this one. You will enjoy the journey as his characters begin to take shape and command your attention. By the time I was half way through the book, I began to manage my time such that I could spend more with the book. When that happens, I’m more than willing to grant the highest ratings.
    Cheers, Ken

  21. Gino Mckee

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

  22. Colene K.

    an English murder mystery
    I enjoyed this less than other ken Follett books because of the.evil people in it. During the.current sad times with a similarly evil person as US president , it was depressing to listen to more evil being done.The story’s resilution was nice, and I hope will occur in America a also.

  23. Lisa

    Good Victorian tale, classic Follett
    This isn’t your usual Follett thriller, and I wouldn’t call this a thriller because of the pace of the story. That said, its a great tale with an excellent reader (lots of good accents, except perhaps the American one….). The story captures the flavor of the wealthy upper classes in Victorian London (with their clubs full of wastrel rich young gentlemen) exceptionally well. The “evil” characters are not evil so much as they are amoral manipulators out to maximize their gain. Great character development, a good story, and as a thriller, detailed and moderately paced.

  24. Rick Drouin

    If you like Follett you’ll like this too
    Follett’s novels all seem formed from the same cookie cutter: good guys, bad guys, innocents and evil ones, and the good ones win in the end. Despite the predictability, I love the stories so well told. And this particular performance is amazing! Is it really Michael Page projecting all these voices? Light years ahead of the old books on tape I use to get.

  25. Cheryl

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book
    Backstabbing, intrigue, intertwined relationships, murder and karma…all things I’ve come to expect from Ken Follett.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book: “Integrity…has become more concrete to me over the years. Now I think I value integrity more than anything else. It means telling the truth, keeping promises and taking responsibilities for your mistakes. It’s the same in business as it is in everyday life. It’s a matter of being what you claim to be, doing what you’ll say you’ll do.”

  26. jessica

    I really liked it and the performance was great
    Ken Follet has a knack for making what should be boring stories really engaging. Banking in England in the 1870’s yawn – but I was drawn in and hooked from go. It would have been better if there were fewer sex scenes in general, and fewer creepy abusive sex scenes in particular. I mean this story is set in Londontown of the 1870’s but we never went to a music hall or saw a play and never heard what was for supper or had a visit from or to a tailor or a dressmaker. Went to the brothel ALOT though and we had a front row seat to every sexual encounter.

    There is more to it – really it was a good story, and the characters were curiously interesting but it was IN SPITE of the over- reliance on one aspect of life.

  27. Otha Hanacek

    Typical Ken Follett
    I wasn’t disappointed! He’s my favorite author, and this was one of the better books I’ve listened to of his. And the narrator was excellent.

  28. seattlecityshopper

    Brilliant and doesn’t disappoint!
    Another Follett masterpiece – wonderfully read and characterized by Page. One of my favorite service experiences yet.

  29. Odis Bohmer

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

  30. Allen Sollitto

    Predictably Satisfying
    Every Ken Follet novel follows an infuriating formula: the good suffer ruin, while the wicked prosper until the end when those of the good left alive get to see the wicked kind of come to a version of of their own ruin. Also in the formula are rich and engrossing characters and readers who can’t stop taking in the trainwrecks of these characters’ lives. This novel is no exception, and I’m not mad about it. I understand that my desire to see his masterfully crafted villians pay and the heroes rewarded keeps me reading and buying each of his books. If you like Ken Follet, you’ll love this book.

  31. Maryjo Hickmon

    Grateful
    I am eternally grateful to Ken Follett for the endless hours of entertainment his books have given me! I have enjoyed this book so much. Like stopping in the middle of a movie I was unable to stop listening. As always the characters were so dynamic and interesting.

  32. Ulysses Helmsing

    Usual Follett engaging mystery.
    Was recovering from eye surgery and this was perfect read to keep me interested with the integrity of a good mystery with good characters..

  33. Archie Olubunmi

    Oy, vey — what a soap opera!
    If you’re captivated by the machinations of wealthy families….well, this might be the book for you. I found the story dragged on and on with predictability, but then the last chapters felt rushed as if Follett felt the need to wrap things up quickly. All the regular suspects are there (the rich snob, the hooker with a heart of gold, the honourable son, the black sheep of the family, the evil foreigner) but they don’t add up to anything unexpected and aren’t written with much subtlety or imagination. Follett seems to me to write some excellent books and some very average ones, and this is solidly in the second category.

  34. Erwin Niemela

    Follett Doesn’t Disappoint
    Any additional comments?

  35. Vance Remmie

    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.

  36. Valentine Gunderson

    On of Follett’s Best
    I think I have listened to all of Follett’s books. This is one of the best. It is a very well conceived compelling novel. It is pretty unsavory in certain respects; certainly a book for adults only. I also recommend “Key to Rebecca,” and “Under the Streets of Niece.”

  37. Virgil Dotolo

    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.

  38. Carma Mcconico

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

  39. Gale Joyner

    Mediocre storyline cushioned with soft porno
    While the story was semi-entertaining, I was disappointed by the obligatory sex scenes that were just there……. each one getting raunchier than the last. Come on, guys! Can’t the author just stick to the main story? Sex scenes are great,often useful to character definitions, but the way the author used these were so disjointed from what the story was about. Like he just threw them in there for the heck of it, or every 2 chapters or something…….

  40. JR

    Not a Thriller.
    What did you like best about A Dangerous Fortune? What did you like least?

  41. connie

    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.

  42. Babara Gayles

    I typically review only five-star books
    Only six hours in but this book has already taken me through a roller coaster of emotion. It does not start quickly but is still interesting.

    What amazes me is how the author sucks me into the drama of intense social situations. At one point there is a phrase similar to, “he found his palms were sweating” and I thought, “Hey me too!”. The situation was so engrossing my nerves were on edge until it ended. Afterward, looking back I thought, “You know I was really rooting for the bad guys…”, now that’s a trick. Well done Mr. Follett.

    If you like social drama and manipulation only the powerful can effect, you’ll like this book. There is surely a day of reckoning coming. Can’t wait!

    Believe Michael Page is new to me but like his voice and his character work also. He’s not a Mel Blanc but doesn’t try to be and it’s just fine the way it is.

  43. Hilary Broadfoot

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

  44. Laverna C.

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

  45. Jeromy Younger

    High on my list of bad credit usage!
    Unfortunately it happens that I am more likely to write a review when I dislike a book, rather than when I really enjoy a book. I have enjoyed Ken Follett in the past but found that he adds explicit sex to his stories for no other reason than to be exploitive. In most of his books the story has been good enough to ignore the complete inappropriateness of its use, but not in this case. This book reads like a bad soap opera. The prostitute with the heart of gold, the plotting and vindictive vileness, and the men that are otherwise intelligent except for the fact that they are completely outwitted and manipulated by her all add up to a cringing bad story line. The plot takes turns only to go nowhere. There are a few characters you almost make contact with but as soon as you get interested in where they fit into the story he jumps so many years in their lives it is easy to loose interest in why they are in the story in the first place.
    I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this one is up there on my list of use of credit regrets.

  46. Jae Rodas

    Classic Victorian time story
    I don’t know why I picked this book but I’m glad I did. It was a great story, cross between Count of Montecristo and War & Peace.

    This was a pleasant reading/listening, the narrator was great. If you are into 18 or 19 century type stories, I strongly recommend this.

  47. Arlie Montoto

    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.

  48. Ninfa Vankoten

    Entertaining but flawed historical fiction
    Many authors write historical fiction set in and around the Victorian age that is entertaining and not particularly profound. Fun books in this category include James Clavell’s “Noble House” and “Gai-Jin,” and Michael Crichton’s “The Great Train Robbery.” Ken Follett has written two of my favorite historical entertainments, “Pillars of the Earth,” and “World Without End.” (Set in medieval, not Victorian, England.) But none of these books resorts to inventing a fictional South American country that is central to the plot nor does any stray as far from the actual events of the time as “A Dangerous Fortune.” I don’t think even Sidney Sheldon fabricated a country in his potboilers. One likes to think that the history in these books has at least a reasonable semblance to reality. For me, this was a fatal flaw.

  49. Candis Mcclaney

    great
    should be a movie great book ! ! ! ! @ ! ! ! !

  50. Logan Ketzler

    BUTTERED BUM
    TRUTH IS, HE IS EVIL THROUGH AND THROUGH
    This book is like a mini epic, following a couple of families from childhood to old age, from rags to riches, from riches to rags. If your in a mood for an epic, but don’t have the time for three books 20+ hours long a piece, then this may be your answer. It is not great literature, but it kept my attention for 16+ hours. It was predictable, but like a car wreck, I could not quit listening. The evil characters are evil through and through. I like the way they are mostly plotting and conniving. I like how they insult people without making it obvious. I used to work with a woman who would do that all the time. If you called her on it, she would act all innocent, as if she did not know what you where talking about.

    “DO YOU THINK ABOUT FINANCES ALL THE TIME?” NO, HUGH THOUGHT, I THINK ABOUT YOUR BREASTS ALL THE TIME.
    This is only my second novel by Follett, but what I notice is that he does not ignore sex in everyday life. He does not make it the over whelming part or get that explicit, but there is lots of it. Maybe with women it is different, but men think about sex, once every so many seconds (based on age). It is a big part of life and effects a lot of what we do, so to ignore it is to ignore life as it really is. YOU ALWAYS GET PREGNANT FROM ONE F.

  51. Yael W.

    Simply put….Fantastic
    With regard to this book…..The reason I found Ken Follett to be such a superb writer isn’t just that his plot and storyline were amazing it’s because his character development was even better.
    I never wanted this book to end. I was completely into the characters.
    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED his Pillars of the Earth & World Without End and wasn’t really aware that he wrote mystery/spy/thriller novels.
    I must have been on another planet !
    Now, I want to read everything he’s written.
    and, The narrator was equally as wonderful.
    I felt I knew these characters personally.
    I’m going to be Mr. Folletts biggest fan beginning now !

  52. Bret W.

    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.

  53. Michael Conley

    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.

  54. Ethel Frenger

    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.

  55. Edison C.

    listened at least 3x it never gets old
    Ken Follet is the best o love all his work, I wish he had more characters of color in his novels. However I won’t stop reading

  56. Melissa

    I see a pattern
    I have read a lot of Ken Follett’s books and some are really good. Fall of Giants is probably on my top 10, but he has developed characters that he uses in every story. He has strong willed women and misunderstood geniuses. There are things larger than the two main characters and their unrequited love at play. There is manipulation but through it all, the good guys develop more and more character while the bad guys degenerate.
    If you like Ken Follett this is what you should expect. If you’ve never read anything of his, start with his larger books. They were worth every minute I stayed up late, hurting myself trying to finish them.

  57. Caprice Winegard

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

  58. Fredrick Akima

    Wow!
    Amazing story! Well told. We loved the suspense and the twisting turning plot! Nefarious characters and ones you fell in love with.

  59. Zelma Sinotte

    Diabolical
    I am amazed at the authors ability to create such amazing characters and plots. The strength of the characters was profound. Not what I was expecting but glad I purchased this book.

  60. Mike Wertz

    A Terrific Tale of 19th Century Capitalism
    In a time when capitalism, bankers and the upper class were unregulated by anything but profit, this is a marvelous tale of family greed and power. One of Follett’s best books I’ve read. Page delivers a great performance, too.

  61. Angelika H.

    I loved this book.
    I was a big fan of a World Without End and Pillars of the Earth and would rank this book at the top of the Follet list as well.

  62. Olin Goldey

    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.

  63. Michal Villagran

    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.

  64. David

    ahistorical historical fiction
    Follett takes us back to the 19th century in this novel. Or rather he pretends to. But the book never strays from Follett’s modern sensibility and morality. Lots of action and brothel scenes.

  65. Kyle Westergaard

    Awesome book
    One if the best narrators ever! Michael made characters alive and story brilliant. Thank you

  66. Della Protas

    corny
    i usually really like Ken’s books but this one didn’t hit the mark for me.

  67. Rupert Strack

    Hoping for Comeuppance
    Chapter after chapter chapter the selfish, evil and loutish characters prevail. I kept hoping for their “comeuppance,” and also thinking that whoever said “the snake has all the lines” was correct – without the wonderfully evil machinations of a few characters this wouldn’t have been much of a book.

    I hadn’t read Ken Follett in a long time, and was disappointed to find that there was so much “tell” rather than “evoke” in his style. On the other hand, it covered a great deal of ground with a fairly large number of characters – plastic though they may have been, they were easy to keep track of. Others have compared it to Forsythe Saga, I agree and was also thinking of a number of other BBC costume dramas.. I don’t think it has ever been made into a series, but it would be a great one.

    Basically a good background or road trip book if you can get it on sale.

  68. Stasia Feenan

    Great book!
    Excellent book! I couldn’t wait to get back to it every chance I got! Really enjoyable! The characters were really brought to life! Excellent performance!

  69. Willard Afshari

    Entertaining read
    Despite the sometimes one dimensional characters, I found this Follett book an interesting and entertaining read!

  70. Caprice Mikes

    Enthralling
    Well written story. With just the right amount of descriptive narrative to transport the reader ( in this case the listener) to the scene. The twists and turns, the intrigue kept me listening even into the wee hours of the morning!

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