From #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the first audiobook in a stunning new historical saga.
Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer, who spends his days working at his father's market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince. Even as a child, he is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. James quickly rises through the ranks, proving himself both hardworking and trustworthy, and catching the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. But when threats against his reputation - and his life - begin to emerge, James will have to prove that he truly is the master of his fate.
Through scandal and romance, tragedy and triumph, the Falconer and Malvern family's lives intertwine in unexpected ways in this expansive and intricately detailed new audiobook filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford's trademark cast of compelling characters.
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"Joan Walker's narration is memorable in this first of the House of Falconer series. At 14, James Falconer knows he wants to be more than a struggling merchant in Victorian England. He intends to found a mercantile empire. When he catches the attention of Henry Malvern, a shipping tycoon, his career begins its upward climb. Henry's daughter, Alexis, leads a charmed life--until she doesn't. Walker treads lightly on the heavily detailed, lush, and gilded descriptions. She develops substantial characters and makes even overwrought moments sound convincing. The villainous characters are villainous, while the ethical characters can be counted on to perform admirably. Since this is the introductory installment, expect incidents to be mentioned but not resolved. Perhaps they will be in the next Falconer episode? S.J.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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