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Kane and Abel [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Jeffrey Archer , Ken Howard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

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21 Aug 1995

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

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (21 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001047590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001047594
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,751,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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"'Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius' Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should have been called Kane vs. Abel! 6 Aug 2004
By Timbertwig VINE VOICE
My reading list is comprised almost exclusively of fantasy fiction and Jeffrey Archer is one of the few non-fantasy novelists that I read. His novels are quite often predictable and rely heavily on coincidences. But without exception they are all unputdownable.
Kane and Abel was the first Archer novel I read. The plot about two men born on the same day in different parts of the world is a compelling one. Archer weaves an intricate and entertaining tale of revenge and hatred as he chronicles the seemingly unrelated lives of the two protagonists. When their paths eventually cross, readers are thrown into a world of double-dealings, backstabbing, and intrigue.
Archer excels in making the readers care deeply for both the title characters. He does not make one the hero and the other the villain. Both are determined, successful and strong but ultimately humans capable of making mistakes. The twist that Archer throws in so skilfully at the end makes for one of the most bittersweet conclusions I have ever read.
Very few people I know would admit to liking Jeffrey Archer the Politician. But I can almost guarantee that this book will make you a fan of Jeffrey Archer the Storyteller. Give him a try.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was the first Jeffrey Archer book I read and all I can say if you haven't read it is go and get it... it's superb! The basic theme of the book is about two characters, one of whom is called Kane, the other (believe it or not) Abel. The book describes their lives in parallel and the various stages in life in which they meet or affect eachother. The book cleverly alternates chapter between each of them as they grow up in completely different environments in Boston and Poland, to the point at which you can't help but wonder whether these two will ever meet. The characters are described fantastically and the way in which true historic events are included is also very well done.
There isn't as such an excitement crescendo to this book and there are perhaps pretentions that this should go down as a classic (which for me anyone it does), but the ending to the story is brilliant - a top effort from start to finish.
On a side note, there are two books that follow this one as well - The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President. The former is an excellent book although perhaps too similar to Kane and Abel looking at the next generation of Kane and Abel. Shall We Tell The President continues from this but was apparently originally written with completely different characters - for me, it's a shame it was changed... the book's great but it gains nothing by including the Kanes again.
My recommendation would be definitely read the Prodigal Daughter (but not too soon after Kane and Abel) but as for Shall We Tell The President, see if you can get a copy of the original version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of an open mind 3 Jan 2004
I must confess I entered into reading this with quite a sniffy attitude, which was quickly replaced by awe at such a well penned page turner. The plot itself, two men born at the same time with very different but intrinsically linked lifestyles, one materialistic and the other a survivor etc etc, makes for a somewhat cliched but excellent combination. The key to its success is how Archer manages to turn this into a rivotting storyline with clever twists and turns, fuelled by the hatred that the main characters have for each other when they both become rivals. You find yourself swept along with the fast pace and waiting for the good to trimuph over evil. If you've never given his books a try, I thoroughly recommend this for a good read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping you reading. 18 Mar 2003
This book is one of the best reads I have had in a long time. I felt unable to put it down until it was finished. When I finally did finish reading it I wanted to immediately get my hands on the sequal. It is a tale of two mens struggle to achieve their dreams and goals, spanning 60 years. It tells the tale of one boy born to unbelievable wealth and another boy born in the pits of poverty. Their lives and destinys entwine. It has you rooting for them one minute and then frustrated with them the next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I only wish there were more stars... 23 Feb 2013
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What a truly epic tale. I bought this before I was due to take a long haul return flight to try and pass those boring hours - I think on the return leg I wished the journey were even longer so I didn't have to tear myself away... From the very start I never wanted this book to end. I loved every second and only wish I had read it sooner (my foolish Jeffrey Archer snobbery getting in the way). I don't remember ever having been so involved with characters that I cried at the end of a book. Absolutely superb. Can't recommend it enough. If you're considering it... Read it!!! You'll be so pleased you did!

Just read this back; I should be on commission, shouldn't I!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great read 16 Jun 2011
By karenf
I first read this 26 years ago and as a 15 year old i loved it so when i saw the 30th anniversary edition i thought it might be good to read it again as a 41 year old woman and it was so worth it. I enjoyed every page of it. Well worth a read again if you read it before and if you haven't then its a must for this summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 July 2004
Like quite a lot of people, I didn't think that Jeffrey Archer was a nice person - indeed he was in prison. But after listening to my Nan rave about his last book, Sons of Fortune, I decided to read some of his books. A trip to my local library gave me some of his short story books, and after those I was hooked.
Kane and Abel was by far the best novel that I ever read and would recommend it to everybody. It reveals quite a lot about prejudices and what people think about each other, especially during the War years.
Jeffrey Archer, I apologise for everything that I have said about you in the privay of my own home. You truly are a great author - much better than a plotician anyway.
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