Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited, brand-new audiobook collection....
What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled....
From strangers to rivals, four men embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all - the keys to No. 10 Downing Street....
In his first thriller since The Eleventh Commandment, international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer takes the listener on a breathtaking journey, full of twists and turns....
Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton....
Danny, an East End cockney, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of barrister Spencer Craig. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder....
When Charlie Trumper inherits the barrow his grandfather used to peddle fruit and vegetables in turn-of-the-century Whitechapel, England, he inherits his enterprising spirit as well....
The first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph....
A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. The moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events....
William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world....
International best-selling author Jeffrey Archer has spent the last five years gathering spellbinding stories from around the globe....
Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller....
A wrongly convicted murderer exacts a flawless plan of revenge....
Fortunes are made and squandered, honor betrayed and redeemed, and love lost and rediscovered....
In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado....
Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor that offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America's margins....
When schoolteacher Emma Bond was brutally gang-raped and left for dead in her country schoolhouse near Taylorville, Illinois in June 1882, an enduring mystery was born....
"Gruesome, touching, sharply written." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Strong narrative and good writing make this memoir an intriguing and engaging version of the often-trite prison journal." (Publishers Weekly)
As an American who doesn't really follow British politics, I have to admit general ignorance about the details of Jeffrey Archer's case when I saw this book listed on Audible.com's site. A little internet research turned up his story, and the fact that he had just recently been released from prison. Sounded interesting, and so I ordered it. First off, the narrative is outstanding, and brings to life Archer's story. As to the content, it was very good. Not outstanding, but very good. Archer has a very readable (or listenable in this case) style, which gives one a feel of what it was like for a man used to rubbing elbows with England's aristocracy to end up among murderers, drug dealers, and rapists. Writing in diary format is not alway easy, but Archer pulls it off. And again, Martin Jarvis's narrative, down to the voices he used to imitate the other prisoners, added to the story. On the downside, Archer clearly had a political axe to grind, directing comments on his perceived atrocities of the British penal system to "Mr. Home Secretary." That notwithstanding, much lucid insight into what it means to go without something many of us take for granted - our personal freedom.
36 of 36 people found this review helpful
I have read a number of Jeffrey Archer books over the years and also knew he was a member of the House of Lords and a politician but was unaware he was sent to prison. Like many of the other readers I looked up to learn about his crimes. This book is book one of a series of four books in the Prison Diary series. I found it interesting and was surprised at his treatment by the other prisoners and staff. The day to day life of prison was enlightening as well as how many were there because of drugs. I could understand Archers point when he would write attention Mr. Home Secretary even though it could be considered self serving. I also noted how many of the prisoners said they would just take their punishment and get on with life. I am impressed that on his release that Archer is busy campaigning for prison reform. Martin Jarvis did a great job reading this book. Enjoyed the book and learned a lot.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
This book gives a very detailed account of the first few weeks of a privileged Englishman?s incarceration in a common British prison. It?s not exactly exciting, but it does paint a comprehensive picture. I am no fan of the British upper classes, so I listened out of sheer curiosity to see how he would survive.
Jeffrey Archer suffered a very sudden and dramatic culture shock, and bore up extremely well. By his own account he accepted his new life, made the best of it, learned from it, contributed to it, was starting to become very interested in prison reform, and I'd have to call him "a good sport". I ended up respecting his ability to adapt and avoid self-pity.
I checked on the Internet and Jeffrey Archer is out of prison now. He has become an extremely controversial figure, facing constant public censure from upper and lower classes alike. I am now quite curious to see how he will survive his disgrace, and whether he will manage to continue his efforts for prison reform.
33 of 35 people found this review helpful
This book is mildly interesting for its insight into prison life but ends quite suddenly in what seems to be the middle of the story. If you read it merely to understand what life as a prisoner may feel like you will be served; however, if you want to know how the plot ends you may have to try wikipedia.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Regardless of Mr. Archer's guilt or innocence, I found this book fascinating and completly engaging. My only complaint was it's length. I would have much preferred to continue on the journey through the British penal system. Read this book, it's one you'll find unable to put down!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is my first Jeffrey Archer book and I enjoyed it very much. It is very interesting to see the differences in British prisons and American prisons.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I purchased this book during the $4.99 promotional and it was worth every penny and more! I was not familiar with the case of Jeffery Archer, but being familiar with his case is of little importance in “reading” this book. Archer gives an excellent portrayal of the British prison system, which contrasts markedly to ours in the U.S.! The book was well written and extremely well narrated! The narrator really brought the characters to life and he made the story a listening pleasure. I would highly recommend this book and only wish that the U.S. prison systems would/could take note.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I've never read anything by Archer before, and am not generally a fan of glossy fiction....however, I really was blown away by the quality of his writing on this supposedly non-fiction account and of the narration of Martin Jarvis. The combination is highly entertaining and informative.
Archer is obviously a pompous SOB, and his innocence dubious, but his talent as a writer and storyteller is undeniable. However, I think that any American listener will hardly find his account of Belmarsh Prison in England "Hell" when compared to high-security prisons on this side of the Atlantic.
Despite a few misgivings, this is by far the best audiobook I have yet listened to.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I love Jeffrey Archer's novels. No doubt about it. But if you are a fan of his writing, I would still advise you to stay clear of this book, and stick with his novels.
Jeffrey Archer writes on and on ad nauseum about how he was wrongly convicted. He takes absolutely no responsibility for anything, but loves to name drop famous people who of course supported him, (as well as ALL the general public)
Dull, boring, a snooze. Don't bother.
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If you could sum up A Prison Diary in three words, what would they be?
unique interesting sad
Who was your favorite character and why?
I suppose it must be Archer himself, as the diary is focused on him and written by him
What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He narrates very well, with all the different accents and nuances of different speekers
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A look behind the bars...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book only deals with Bellmarsh so I felt a little short changed. I was anxious to learn about the authors full spell inside.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
this audiobook only covers Jefferies experience in Belmarsh......
spoke to someone who had a book of it and there was more in open prisons
I wasn't a Jeffrey archer fan until, now misunderstood, but very understanding. I will definitely be reading more title's from him.
I keep having to remind myself that he was found guilty! It's actually a very good prison diary. I wouldn't mind hearing a follow up interview.
loved it. would have liked to listen to how it continues. recommend to all. enjoy.
A most gripping and well written piece of what seems a real life tale of injustice and survival.
I would like part 2 but am unable to acquire it on audio book.
Very good read and couldn't let go. Big fan and about to read the rest.
A must download. Couldn't stop listening, couldn't wait to listen to it.
Please can we have volumes two and three, Audible?
I'm new to audio books, preferring radio drama. This, however, is riveting stuff and, even though having a book read too me feels at the outset a little childish, this is very grown up and compellingly insightful. Top marks.