During the 1950s and 1960s, the two brothers grow up apart, following similar paths that take them in different directions. Nat leaves college to serve in Vietnam, then finishes school, earns his MBS, and becomes a successful currency dealer. Fletcher, meanwhile, graduates from Yale with a bachelor's and a law degree, going on to distinguish himself as a criminal defense lawyer before becoming a senator.
At various times in their lives, both men are confronted with challenges and obstacles, tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, before they both decide to run for governor, unaware they are brothers...
©2003 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrink Publishers, LLC.
"A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Cunning plots, silken style... Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader." (The New York Times)
This is definitely no "Kane and Abel". In fact I will go as far as to say that this has been my biggest disappointment in two years at audible.com. After almost 14 hours of listening I still couldn't keep even the two main characters straight in my mind.....mostly because I couldn't have cared less about them. Fell asleep during the last twenty minutes (and innumerable other times) and almost didn't bother going back to see how it ended.
Although the story was not a complicated trail of characters and twisting storylines, it was just an outstanding well done story that I enjoyed from start to finish. There were enough surprises to keep you listening from chapter to chapter.
I think if you would like to listen to a very expertly written and narrated story you will love this.
I like Jeffrey Archer usually, but this was a bit trite. I felt like I could see what was around every corner...even the "big shockers". And, I have listened to Archer on audible twice now, and I could do without the dramatic, yet warbly and scratchy mood music between chapters.
It has been more years than I can count since I have had the privilege of listening to such a great story. It was not the normal murder mystery or suspense novel nor was it a thriller or a boring drama.
The character development was superb and the presentation of the two brothers as men of honor and integrity was a pleasant surprise.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the presentation of the audio program and the choice of music. Both hinted at the old radio dramas without actually imitating them.
I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. There is no content here that I would not be proud to present to my own children.
The characters are shallow, the plot is predictable and the story is sophomoric. It was a total waste of time and money. Steer clear...
Archer remains a good writer, but this story lacks the twists and turns his readers have come to expect in past novels.
This author creates one improbable incident after another and would have his readers buy into it. One or two I could accept, but over and over again! In addition, it is unusual for the narrator to make the listener uncomfortable. This one succeeded by the use of a hackneyed, identical accent for each ethnic, regional or religious group that an individual belonged to. This was my first experience listening to an Archer book and it will undoubtedly be my last.
I got this book purely for my own political interest.
I mean think of it...two people who don't know they are twins run against one another for public office, and the ending would shock anyone even if you study politics.
I found my self not really pulling for one character or another, but I did find several characters I was glad were the bad guys.
If you love politics and enjoy great American dream stories then this is your book.
Lot's of twists, but not suprising twists. The end was a thought process, and I didn't even want to think.
The story is entertaining and lively, but without the big suspense and twists of other Archer books I've read. After 14 - 15 hours of listening, the story just abruptly ended. It seemed as though we were just in the middle of the story. The characters are a little too idyllic to be totally real...
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