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A Prisoner of Birth Audiobook
A Prisoner of Birth
Written by: 
Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: 
Roger Allam
A Prisoner of Birth Audiobook

A Prisoner of Birth

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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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    AnneEliz 04-28-08
    AnneEliz 04-28-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Great fun!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Led Freedom, PA, USA 04-28-08
    Led Freedom, PA, USA 04-28-08
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    "Superb"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Hilo, HI, USA 04-27-08
    Judy Hilo, HI, USA 04-27-08
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    "Prisoner of Birth"

    Based on an implausible premise, the story is fairly predictable. Save your credits.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MFC 03-15-08
    MFC 03-15-08

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    "It's OK"

    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.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 09-03-12

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    "Tall order."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy North Port, Florida, United States 04-19-12
    Kathy North Port, Florida, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Jeffrey Archer is wonderful"
    Would you listen to A Prisoner of Birth again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Indian Trail, NC, United States 02-29-12
    Ray Indian Trail, NC, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Favorite"
    What did you love best about A Prisoner of Birth?

    One of my favorites. Details in prision perhaps made more gripping from his first hand experience. Great story teller.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KTinFL Florida 01-21-12
    KTinFL Florida 01-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Well Done!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Prisoner of Birth to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the written version...I listen while driving. I drive a lot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of twists. Keeps you thinking!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this very entertaining book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-08-12
    Michelle 01-08-12
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    "Great listen"
    What did you love best about A Prisoner of Birth?

    Story was facinating.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.


    What about Roger Allam’s performance did you like?

    I love Roger Allam's performances. His voices are fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The character Nick's death.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Duluth, MN, United States 12-27-11
    Joseph Duluth, MN, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Capitivating"
    Would you listen to A Prisoner of Birth again? Why?

    Yes. Held my interest to the end and left me wanting for more. I look forward to his next book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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