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A Prisoner of Birth | [Jeffrey Archer]

A Prisoner of Birth

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.
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Publisher's Summary

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met.

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison, thanks to irrefutable testimony from Spencer, the prosecution's main witness.

Danny spends the next few years in a high-security prison while Spencer Craig's career as a lawyer goes from strength to strength. But all the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.

Thus begins Jeffrey Archer's poignant and unputdownable novel of deception, hatred and revenge, in which only one of them can finally triumph, while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail. But which one? This suspenseful novel takes the listener through so many twists and turns that no one will guess the ending, even the most ardent of Archer's many, many fans.

©2008 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Bestseller Archer...pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic." (Publishers Weekly)

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    V. Brown the hinterlands of Idaho-ho-ho 03-14-08
    V. Brown the hinterlands of Idaho-ho-ho 03-14-08

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    "entertaining listen"

    While Archer freely admits he borrowed the main framework of the plot from Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, the Archer tale is entertaining and this audiobook is well read. While I would scarcely call the current retelling classic literature it holds your attention and the listener is drawn in to the point where you end up rooting for Danny Cartwright. Where it does depart from Dumas you might end up thinking about the "cutting one's losses' versus 'standing on principle' decisions in your own life...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Statesville, NC, USA 06-11-08
    David Statesville, NC, USA 06-11-08
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    "Excellent listen!"

    I have not heard the other similar title other listeners refer to.
    However, This audio book is fast paced, detailed, full bodied, and well developed. I enjoyed it from begining to end.
    It addresses legal, moral,financial, romantic and revenge aspects of the main characters.
    I was never bored or wanting for a faster pace.
    I am a truck driver and have listened to over 150 audible titles since 2002. This is one of my utmost favorites.
    Buy this book.
    You will not be dissapointed!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 05-30-08
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 05-30-08

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "ingeneous"

    So wonderfully written and narrated that I listened to it twice. If you like some court room drama (about 1/5 of the book) you'll love it just for that. Don't let those who say it is similar to the Count of Monte Cristo deter it is similar only that it involves a wrongly jailed man who seeks revenge. How he goes about it is brilliant. I will be seeking more of this author's books. The author is very familiar with many of the books subjects as you will find in the brief interview at the end which add to its credibility. Archer notes that he literally reads it to himself aloud and gets real people from various regions to assure the accents are authentic. So this book is *perfect* for audio.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 05-20-08
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 05-20-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping drama, great read!"

    From the synopsis I wasn't sure I would like this book even though it was highly rated but since it was so high on te bestseller list I decided to give it a listen. If you enjoy mysteries, suspense, or drama, give it a try and you won't be disappointed. This was one of the best audiobooks I've come across this year. A classic tale of two social classes, with the assumptions that the upper class can do no wrong. All the weight of the law is behind the upper class while those in the lower class are left high and dry. In this case, however, the upperclass gents get a run for their money, a real challenge. The book has plenty of twists and turns and keeps the listener riveted. The only trouble is that I never wanted to put it down and get to sleep. Lost sleep .....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hari 10-24-08
    Hari 10-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book..."

    I just finished listening to the book. I must admit that when the book started it was slow, in the middle i felt that the author was jumping from one story to another but when i had completed 3/4ths of the book, i was convinced that this was one of the best legal thrillers that i've read... Legal thrillers being my favorite genre, i have read many. Well scripted and very engrossing. I should say that the reader has done an amazing job with the English accents of England and scotland as i'm sure that if i had read the book i wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as i have listening to this amazing book. If Legal thriller is your favorite cookie then you are sure to enjoy this one!!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Guilderland, NY, United States 04-20-08
    Christine Guilderland, NY, United States 04-20-08
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    "Incredible Read"

    I highly recommend this book. The reader is perfect: great with various accents and nuance, and the book is outstanding. Other than having tons of plot twists, it plays deeply on one's sense of justice. The bad guys get it, unlike in the real world, and oh how satisfying it is. The description of the British legal and prison systems are fascinating too.
    If you need gripping reading, while taking a trip or exercising, this is for you.
    Mr. Archer has done a wonderful job and the reader has has done likewise.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-08
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Count of Monte Cristo today"

    Clever story starting with the two essentials from the "Count of Monte Cristo"- escape from prison and means to wealth and time to pursue revenge. Well read, would recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vern Burlington, ON, Canada 03-31-08
    Vern Burlington, ON, Canada 03-31-08
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    "The best"

    This is definitely one of the best audiobooks that I listened to in the last five years of Audible membership. Not only was it a really good story, but the reader was superb. It is rare that these two elements come together so well. I think that his time in prison has made Archer a better author.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-21-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-21-09 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Five stars despite a preposterous premise"

    If you were never bothered by the premise that Superman could masquerade as Clark Kent without generating undue suspicion, then one of the major premises of this book will not bother you. It did not bother me. All of the characters were well developed and Archer did a spectacular job of bringing them to life. There were plentiful doses of good versus evil and enough plot twists to keep the listener interested. Having never read The Count of Monte Cristo, I wasn't impacted by the parallels in the story. I simply was thoroughly engrossed with the story that Archer weaved and the excellent narration provided by Roger Allam. This book is in the Top Ten of my 125+ Audible listens.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 12-11-08
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Should have been Audio Book of 2008"

    Flawlessly written and extraordinarily narrated. I am old enough to remember old radio programs which had everyone rivoted to the box for the next installment. This was the equivalent of the best of the radio serials. Your imagination takes over during the narration. This book is so good it is a crime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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