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Summary

Kane & Abel for a new generation!!

They had only one thing in common - William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths were destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune.

The marvellous story, spanning 60 years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save - and finally destroy - each other.

©2009 Jeffrey Archer (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius." ( Daily Telegraph)

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  • josephine
  • motherwell, United Kingdom
  • 05-06-13

Superb listen

Absolutely superb listen, couldn't tear myself away from it, the characters are well drawn and the twists and turns of the plot kept me hooked till the end. My only disappointment is that the sequel the prodigal daughter, is only available in an abridged version on audible... Please put this right!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Archer Fan or Not - Buy it!

I read the book many years ago, and decided to give the audiobook a try - I am glad I did! The narration is excellent, the story line superb. A very enjoyable listen

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Graeme
  • STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
  • 06-01-13

Can anyone really recommend a better book ?

Breathtaking book.

I read this years ago and always remembered it as my favorite ever.

Many, many books later and once again I found it enthralling

And now some guy actually reads it to me as well .

If you have never read it you really must do

And don't miss the Clifton Chronicles either.

Archer is quite simply the best British story teller of them all.





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  • C
  • UK
  • 01-01-11

Listen to it!

This is a fantastic book! My only warning is, dont have anything planned to do for a couple of days, because you wont be able to stop listening. My first Archer book but not my last. He should have started out as a writer instead of being a politican. He obviously has more talent for it.

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  • Gustav
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 19-11-09

Great book well read

An epic tale of two persons living wildly different lives that only intersect at a few crucial moments.

The real accomplishment of the book is making business dealings exciting, engaging and easily followed.

The book is but never feels long.

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Kane and Abel: The 30th Anniversary Edition

This book I have been wanting to listen to for years, as I remember years ago it was televised and I missed the very last episode. I have finally finished it and it has been one of the best books for me. The narrator makes all the difference to a ''good'' listen and in some cases is more important than the story its self, well when you have to listen to the same voice for many hours, its got to be brilliant, and Kane & Abel was fabulous. Jason Culp, well his voice is a dream. Full marks to all!

I would recommend this listen to young and old as its such a gripping story, so much so I found it hard to put down. I loved it and thanks to Jeffrey Archer for writing such a brilliant book.

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Time not to do anything other then listen

I can't believe its 30 years since this book was published. It has not dated at all, I was enthralled listening to it. The story is superb and the excellent narrator made it into a real treat. Loved every moment of the 19 hours listening. what to do with my spare time now?

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Brilliant!

I read this many years ago and still have the paperback edition. However looking for something I could really enjoy on long car journeys I came across this audio book. It didn't fail to disappoint. An epic and well written saga!

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Loved it

Well read, great story - easy to follow.

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  • Tony
  • wirralUnited Kingdom
  • 03-12-09

brilliant!!

this is the best audio book i have ever listened to. Followed very closely by Archers other book A prsioner of birth.

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  • Brodie
  • 26-01-11

Archer hits the spot

I think this is one of the books that launched the Author, I am not sure, but it is a damn good listen. It is a classic both in content and context. You will not regret having this in your library.

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  • John
  • 01-08-13

WHAT A TWIST OF FATE

Would you listen to Kane and Abel again? Why?

A GRIPPING NOVEL FROM BEGINNING TO END WITH 2 MAIN CHARACHTERS WHO CROSS PATHS IN LIFE SOME KNOWINGLY AND UNKNOWINGLY - EACH WITH A TWIST. ONCE YOU FEEL YOU HAVE THE STORY IN PLACE THE FINAL SCENES DELIVER THE GREATEST TWIST OF ALL.

GRIPPING A MUST READ.

Who was the most memorable character of Kane and Abel and why?

KANE AND ABEL

Any additional comments?

I WAS SO IMPRESESSED I HAVE NOW DOWNLOADED THE CHRONICLES BY JEFFREY ARCHER AND HOPE THEY PROVE TO BE AS GOOD.

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  • George Johnson
  • 05-04-13

A giant story by the Master Story Teller

Would you listen to Kane and Abel again? Why?

Because, this book is beautifully written and flows so well, that you realise that you have been reading the book/listening for hours on end. You only go to sleep, as you cannot keep your eyes open.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kane and Abel?

When Abel discovers that William Kane was the original backer.

Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favorite?

Well, all of them. He is brilliant.

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

Yes, just as I read the book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

It is one of my all time favourites and I revisit every 4 years or so.

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  • Lynne
  • 11-09-12

Still one of the best!

I first read this novel a little over 30 years ago and placed it in my top 5 favourites, where it has firmly remained. After listening to Jason Culp bring his interpretation to Jeffrey Archer's masterpiece through his narration, I have an even greater respect and admiration for the story of Kane and Abel, and believe it will be very difficult to now remove it from the position of number one on my list.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-12

A Born Story Teller

Would you consider the audio edition of Kane and Abel to be better than the print version?

Yes I would consider the audio edition of Kane and Abel to be better than the print version

What other book might you compare Kane and Abel to and why?

Gone with the wind possibly.

Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favorite?

Cain was my favorite

If you could rename Kane and Abel, what would you call it?

A Mistaken Life

Any additional comments?

I listened to Kane and Abel when I went for a walk with my dog. It made the walk interesting and time stood still. I know that this is not a new book by Jeffery Archer but the story was new to me. Jeffery Archer is visiting South Africa and coming to the Country Club near us. I so wanted to hear him speak but all seats were taken and there was a waiting list of 50 when I phoned for a place. Just shows how popular he is.

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  • jo
  • 09-03-12

Hard To Forget

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It was long and drawn out, plausible, and progressively sadder. I quite enjoyed that. If you are looking for a quick fix of a good time, then I'd say no to this. If you are patient and stay inside the character's heads, you'll be fine. Many good examples of how to go about gaining power in the world. And of how to lose it. The narrator did a really good job. Great accents.

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  • Calum
  • 07-02-11

Just fantastic

Totally engrossing, its got all the emotions told in a compelling story. You can’t help getting emotionally connected to the characters. At the same time you can hear yourself shouting at them.

As my review title states, it really is a fantastic listen. I can honestly state without hesitation, that this is one of my all time favourites.

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  • Rahab N
  • 13-08-16

captivating story

sad tragedy. couldnt put the book down. i hang on every word till the bitter sweet ending.

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  • Shirley
  • 27-07-15

Enthralling and deeply moving!

Could not stop listening to this book. Absolutely takes you into a
So many dimensions of emotions and adventures.

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  • Miriam Majome
  • 07-07-15

Disapointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had been less long winded and had more thematic depth. Plot was just OK and over told and characters average. Very promising at the beginning especially Abel's story but he fell flat during the American years. William Kane was flat and uninteresting from birth.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something from Scott Turow. I miss the depth and sensitivity with which he writes

Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Culp’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kane and Abel?

Kane's school years and bank boardroom brawls, Able's tinkering with politics. In fact I would cut out most of Kane and just feature him as a minor character with sporadic appearances only when necessary .

Any additional comments?

I was hugely disappointed.It had so much promise at the beginning. Archer would have done so much better if he had just written Abel's story. That was the only story worth telling. I expected so much more than this book gave. From the rave reviews I was expecting to immerse myself into a classic in the same vein as Day of the Jackal or Pillars of the Earth, Rather its just a long winded and long drawn out over plotted and told script for a very shallow multi episode TV soap opera.