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
"Bestseller Archer...pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a really good story, and it's pretty well written. But it's 4 times as long as it should be. A tightening up by an editor would have made this move like a thriller. Quelle dommage!
In my opinion this audiobook is by far the best that I've listened to in my 4 years of listening.
The author puts you in the shoes of the protagonist and I found myself not being able to stop listening into the early hours of the morning.
The reader is excellent with accurate accents and character differentiation. A MUST buy.
Archer at his best! Well written and well read. My husband and I have totally enjoyed this book. So much so that I had to promise not to listen without him (which was a challenge) so that we could finish it together.
A great read! The narrator is superb, and enhances the author's talents at suspense and character development. Not only that, but good triumphs over evil--hurrah! First class entertainment.
It takes a one heck of a book for me to right a review. I just haven't found that many that deserve writing about, perhaps I should right reviews for the bad ones but I get bored real quick and can't aggravate myself further by writing a poor review on a poor book. I listen to many audio books, most are predictable, some have plots that last, some have characters that last a little while, and others I just fast forward or quit listening. But I must admit that this was a terrific and worthwhile story. It had great, unpredictable characters that provided realistic and plausible storylines. I love authors who can take a character and make you absolutely hate them or love them. I give Archer all the credit in taking the time to develop a plot, make it believable and then spin the characters in such a web as to make the entire project just a joy to listen to. When you read or listen to a book and you cannot quit listening or turning pages then you know you've got a winner. This book was a winner. I would highly recommend that you enjoy it.
Read/listen to Chapter 1 and 2 then skip to Chapter 12. This is one of those books that makes you wonder if the author is being paid by the word. Same information repeated many times.
Good "multi tasking" listen, no need to really devote full attention to it.
A modern day rewrite of Dumas should find any book writer quaking in his boots, but Archer does a good enough job of it. I wouldn't award him any prizes for insite, and his version of vengence and justice was rather feeble, but all in all you might not want to pass it up completely. It was decent, but bland entertainment.
This is a wonderful story, not original but well written and fun. I love Roger Allam's narration and he has become one of my favorite readers now. This was a good listen while I anxiously await Sins of The Fathers. Certainly worth a credit.
One of my favorites. Details in prision perhaps made more gripping from his first hand experience. Great story teller.
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