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William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world - are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have...
©1979, 2009 Jeffrey Archer (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Good read of a modern classic

Jeffrey Archer is a storyteller extraordinaire. This tale of 2 boys, born on the very same day, on opposite parts of the world and into completely opposed circumstances is gripping and exciting. Two men, who might have been the best of friends, but because of circumstance became bitter enemies. The characters are well developed and each loved (or hated) intensely by the reader. Just a wonderful tale. The reading by Jason Culp was excellent too. Highly recommend!

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A classic, still relevant today.

This is the first Jeffrey Archer book that I have read. It is a good story, well told and narrated, juxtaposing a European life with an American one of two very different men whose paths cross in their adult years. Excessive pride and revenge consume the two men with a sad but poignant ending. It is an easy listen and I enjoyed it.

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Wished it never ended

As the story continued, I wished it could gone on forever. Every story must end.

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Doesn’t disappoint even 30 years later

I read this book years ago and I listened to it recently on holiday in Europe. I very much enjoyed the twists and turns Mr Archer takes with his characters. Family, feuds, intriqué and in the end a bitter sweet ending. Historically mostly accurate as well.

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do we ever learn

#audible1 What a Brilliant detailed , never aging book, I LOVED LISTENING
I couldnt put it down just dreading the fate of these two waring men,

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this book. I had read it years ago and it was just as good the second time. Great narration!

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  • Dee
  • 2011-10-20

Another great one ....

It seems lately that I just couldn't find an audiobook that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Everything seemed "all the same". I was beginning to get quite frustrated. I decided to go back into my library and maybe listen to one of the hundreds of audios I've downloaded in the past 2 years. I came upon one my my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer, so I clicked his name and it brought me to his list of books, most of which I've listened to. So glad I did! He once again, didnt fail to give me something I could sink my teeth into. It was COMPLETELY enjoyable to listen to. Somewhere right between "cant press stop" and "wow, what a great story......looking forward to the next chapter". Archer's tale is one of two men, born at the same time (early1920's) but worlds apart physically, emotionally, and financially. Yet, their differences were only one facet of this great story. The struggles they both experienced in life to reach their goals had one common thread. They both had grit and integrity. Their experiences somewhat mirrored each other yet so differently that it made for an extraordinary story line. So well written and so easy to listen to, yet, not one that puts you to sleep. The author did a fabulous job of entwining these men's lives in and out throughout the story, it gave it that "Oh my gosh......how ironic" feeling. Often it was like I was above, peeking down on them and watching their lives unfold. Please do yourself a favor and make time for this one. I expect you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Elliot
  • 2011-10-03

Kane & Abel - 30 years later

Interesting how our perceptions change over the years. I first read Kand & Abel about 30 years ago and found it a fast moving narration of two powerful, competitive men. However, just havng finished it on audible, i find it a very sad story of two people neither accepting the opportunity to understand the other. Interesting how differently a novel can read to a 65 year old vs. a 35 year old.

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  • Karen
  • 2010-08-23

Love Jeffrey Archer

Most of the time I find books by the same author to be too similiar and I lose interest. I listened to Prisoner of Birth and enjoyed so much I purchased this book. This book was very interesting and I had a hard time putting it down. Very few books have me so involved that I couldn't wait to read the ending. The narration was well done. Characters well written This is a good listen

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 2017-02-17

A Saga of Two Powerful Families

This story is very well written with a well structured plot. The story pulls you in from the very beginning with its interesting and well developed characters. It's a fast moving story about two powerful and very competitive men, and their families. It is also a very sad story of two people hating each other but neither would give in and accept the various opportunities to learn about and understand the other. They relished in their hatred far too long. Both are slick manipulators; one abide by laws, the other not so much. One is Polish and the other a "Bostonian"....they hated the racial/cultural ethnicity of the other.

In the beginning, Abel Rosnovski was my favorite character but he ended up being my least favorite. The circumstances of his birth (really sad) made my heart ache. However, throughout the story he was saved and befriended by many people and yet his heart easily turned cold and calculating without proof or evidence to justify his actions.

I did enjoy this story but there are some glaring holes and contrivances. Abel Rosnovski was all knowing and had spies everywhere but was unable to find out who his benefactor was (what??) .... this contrivance was unbelievable and unlikely. Both men lived for their children, but they were willing to stop talking to them and cut them from their Wills when the children would not succumb to their father's demands (what ??). Another total contrivance is Abel being placed in a container filled with coal for an extended period of time (again unbelievable). It was hard to breathe after the first few minutes. He should have been dead or nearly dead by the end of the journey. The most least likely believable, is Henry, the ultimate scammer and criminal, becoming a congressman (What ??) Maybe that could happen today but not likely back in the 1950's and 60's.

I was looking for a novel that I could sink my teeth into and this was the one I chose. Even though there were many holes and contrivances, the overall story was entertaining. After 19 hours of listening, I didn't want it to end. The ending was okay, but was very disappointing. As I said, the two men were too prideful, they would sooner die than acknowledge each other.

The overall story was a generational family drama, and the author did a great job of weaving the men's lives in and out throughout the story. The narration was good, not great. Would highly recommend to anyone who can "suspend disbelief" beyond normal in order to listen to a great family saga.

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  • Renee Martin
  • 2012-05-29

extremely moving

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I had read this book years ago, but it seemed new to me having it "read" to me. It keeps your attention from beginning to end and I did not want it to end.

What did you like best about this story?

It is amazing how the characters ended up connecting. I love how the main characters brought themselves up to such a level of success.

Have you listened to any of Jason Culp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no I haven't listened to him before.

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

William Kane because he was so ambitious and seemed to have a good heart (for the most part).

Any additional comments?

When it ended, I was sobbing....it was SO touching, yet tragic. My teenage son, thought I was CRAZY! but this book was so awesome I wanted more!

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  • Judith
  • 2011-11-06

Kept me listening!

I found this book when I looked into who the authour was of his new book: The Clifton Chronicles. Kane and Abel has an intriguing plot, likeable characters with an unknown future..all this kept me waiting for my next day at work so I could listen again on the commute. The ending was appropriate, but still somehow disappointing...or was I just sorry the story ended.I will now look for more Jeffrey Archer books. I don't know why I took so long to find him.

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  • CBDC
  • 2014-02-08

Totally predictable and contrived

And yet - an enjoyable listen. I was frustrated in part because some things were SO predictable that it spoiled the story. But there is enough detail about Poland the the cruelties of Germany and Russia. AND insights into various immigrants groups and blue blood Americans. So overall I rate it as OK, but not more so. I can't give it a 2.5 stars, so I settled on 3.

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  • Mycall
  • 2014-12-28

story and characters were boring and predictable

I only got through it because I had 18 hours of driving to do. I tried to enjoy it, but realised a few hours in that the writing (and editing) aren't great.
The subject matter and the big picture theme were interesting, but the characters were single dimensional which left the entire book to be boring and predictable.
The best thing to come out of listening to this book is that I now know to avoid Jeffrey archer in the future.
The narration was good and is what kept me in there till the end.

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  • Marilyngrace
  • 2012-11-28

Archer's writing grabs you!

What made the experience of listening to Kane and Abel the most enjoyable?

The narrator was exceptional and believeable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Abel Rosnovsky was the most interesting character owing to the circumstances of his birth and the ways he was saved by folks in his life.

If you could take any character from Kane and Abel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would dine with Abel for sure at the Baron in Warsaw!

Any additional comments?

Well worth my time. Archer can sure write a good yarn!

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  • Terry
  • 2010-12-29

Very interesting

I enjoyed the history very much. The ending was a bit dissappointing, but the first 75% of the book was worth it.

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