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Kane and Abel

The 30th Anniversary Edition
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)
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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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Magnificent

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

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very good

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

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  • Sam
  • 22-01-2019

Excellent narrator. Excellent book.

A great read and a great reader. Excellent accent work and fantastic characterisation. Great story too.

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Excellent journey through the lives of two men

Two ambitious men from diametrical backgrounds, come into conflict that breeds a mutual hatred over their lifetimes. This book made me think about how short life is and age tends to elucidate what is important in life and the regret of time wasted on matters of pride.

The narrator's voices for the two main characters was great, giving life to Kane's bostonian roots and Abel's impoverished heritage. Kane and Abel both garner my admiration and their fued made me genuinely sad. I enjoyed the tactics employed by the two men and it was a pleasure following their lives.

Sometimes I felt that there could have been more density in terms of character developement, as years would pass by quickly and characters would have evolved but I feel like we missed out on seeing how they evolved. But I guess the book would then be twice as long or cover a less expansive amount of time.

I also thought that William disappeared for a part of the book (where it folllows Richard instead) and by the time he reappeard he seemed much older, not just physically but in his personality.

I loved the story overall and am very happy with my purchase. I thought the audio was great, especially for the central protagonists. I will definetly listen to it again in the future.

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Well done

Great story that was extremely and very well written and well read. Thank you so much.

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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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Great story and well read.. but J.A. has better

It was a great story and interesting dynamic between characters. Jason Culp also performs it well.

Jeffrey Archer is one of my favourite authors and story tellers, so this was another great book by him. However it did take me a while to get into the story and I have to admit, it is not my favourite to date

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Great

great choice, you won't be disappointed, you only want to keep going , excellent book

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Excellent reading and diverse American accents

Jason Culp made the story come alive. The story is an epic of a style that has become somewhat dated although gripping.

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Amazing

What an incredible story!! I was hanging off every word. The narrator was absolutely brilliant.

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  • Brodie
  • 26-01-2011

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
  • 01-08-2013

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
  • 11-09-2012

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
  • 19-04-2012

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
  • 09-03-2012

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
  • 07-02-2011

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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  • Timothy Panga
  • 07-01-2019

Great story lasting a lifetime

The two proud men did not want to miss the action at the 5th Avenue.

Clearly describes the age where people revealed to little for their own good.

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  • Rahab N
  • 13-08-2016

captivating story

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

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  • Shirley
  • 27-07-2015

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
  • 07-07-2015

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.

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  • josephine
  • 05-06-2013

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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  • sammy
  • 13-07-2013

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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  • Graeme
  • 06-01-2013

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
  • 01-01-2011

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
  • 19-11-2009

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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  • Jackie
  • 08-04-2013

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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  • Christine Holyoake
  • 09-01-2013

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
  • 10-08-2010

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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  • Aaron Pascoe
  • 21-02-2010

Loved it

Well read, great story - easy to follow.

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  • Tony
  • 03-12-2009

brilliant!!

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful