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Publisher's 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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Amazing

One of the best fiction I've ever read. It just keeps.you on the edge of your seat.

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lengthy but awesome story.

the story is an audio visual guide of the timeline between 2 world war. ....the great depression of 1930 ..the rise of automobiles....and a see change in culture and tradition

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superb on every page

one of the best I listened in recent past. I want to listen more of his narratives.

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good narration

good narration. had read the book long back, this time want to experience ' listening'.

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Deelpy Engrossing,PageTurning, Touching,Surprising

Deelpy Engrossing,PageTurning, Touching,Surprising Remains on your mind long after you've read it. Simply Wonderful

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Great story, well narrated

Loved the way the story was narrated. Jeffrey Archer never ceases to amaze his readers

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One of the best books ever

Loved it from start to end. Must recommended. It keeps you interested in every chapter. Story of 3 generations is very long but worth spending time

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A tale well told

I loved the narrative. I wonder whether the storyline of "Clifton Chronicles" was inspired by this.

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Revisiting through listening

I had read the novel years back. Revisiting the story though listening was a pleasure. The performance/narration can make or break the experience. But Jason Culp has done an awesome job.

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wonderful story

very rarely, I come across a book which keeps me glued to the every line. must read

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • Sarah Blumenthal
  • 30-03-22

Great book

Great book. It's not very fast paced but the story keeps you engaged throughout.

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  • Madaleen
  • 30-09-21

Best novel in history, excellently narrated

Possibly one of the best novels in history. The narrator is extremely good and did a superb job with the voices. The sound went robotic at times but I think it's a glitch, I didn't happen the first time I listened to the book, only during September 2021.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-09-21

A Most Amazing Story

Spellbound!! Brought me to tears!! A must read!!
Every part of this book by my favorite author is my favorite part. Just wish my Father In-law who introduced me to Jeffrey Archer was still alive. Oh how I would have loved discussing this story with him

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  • josephine
  • 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!!!

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  • Chris Maguire
  • 12-04-19

Kane and Abel is ageless masterpiece

Many years ago my Dad put down a copy of Kane and Abel and said it was one of the best books he'd ever read. I forgot all about it for 30 years until I put down a copy of Kane and Abel and said that was one of the best books I'd ever read. Story telling at its absolute best.

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  • Gustav
  • 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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  • sammy
  • 13-07-13

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

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  • Christine Holyoake
  • 09-01-13

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-10

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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  • Graeme
  • 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
  • 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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  • Andrew S
  • 10-08-19

Rags to Riches

A bit of a mid-range rags to riches story, unrealistic in places, mildly entertaining, easy going, you don't have to think too much. Overall above average, narrator drones on a little.

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  • Tony
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

very good

Great story well narrated enjoyable from start to end. Well worth investing time to listen.

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  • Marcus Wallis
  • 17-07-18

A+++

Must be on every readers list. One of the great stories that is performed brilliantly.
You instantly feel captured by the characters, where you’re not sure if you love or hate them.
A fabulous lifelong story!

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  • Jon
  • 24-10-16

Magnificent

I loved the story.
It was fantastic how the 2 lives were woven together. Historically very interesting.

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  • Marijke Viljoen
  • 30-06-22

one of my favorite stories

love it, love it....never say the twist coming. love the Narrator....never saw the twits coming...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-22

Kane and Able

The copy I received only goes to chapter 28 how do hear the rest of the book. I have clicked the icon title and it wont download the rest of the book.

Daniquea Curran not pleased with this result

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-22

enthralling

loved it, 😍 would highly recommend it and beautifully narrated.

couldn't turn it off

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  • Judi
  • 27-04-22

Kane and Abel

Very good story and would love to see it as a movie. Didn't want to put it down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-22

obviously a classic I had missed

the story line is brilliant must be the best Jeffrey Archer has written.
highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-22

Enjoyable listen!

Awesome narration! Extremely educational! Wonderfully entertaining! The female voice impressions were rather convincing! Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

Rich and poor succeed

Brilliant saga of two men who become diametrically opposed in business against a historically accurate setting in place and time.