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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. His burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: "The Biggest Barrow in the World".

Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies. But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands, it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition, and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

© Jeffrey Archer; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Monumentally gripping...a compulsive epic." (Mail on Sunday)

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  • Paula
  • WolmaransstadSouth Africa
  • 06-25-09

Archer is great

Oh, if only these beautiful books by Jeffrey Archer wasn't abridged!! I love reading and listening to his books, especially since the narrators usually do a good job. But I have read the original book (fantastic!!) and these abridged ones just NEVER have the same impact. Please, please, please find the unabridged audiobooks for us Archer-fans! "Kane and Abel" is just about the best book I have ever read, and listening to the unabridged version of the book is a treat no story-lover should miss. "As the crow flies" would be so much more captivating if the WHOLE story was there, and not just the highlights!

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what a load of rubbish were is the story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I do not know if the person that narrated this story has read the story because half the story is miss and as it is narrated it miss a lot of the important parts

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

the large part that was left off the narration of the story I would say about half the story is missing and it butchers the story the narration is rubbish

What character would you cut from As the Crow Flies?

the narrator

Any additional comments?

I am a member of this web site and have purchased many books from here this would be the most badly narrated book I have come across. I would like my money back as I do not pay for half a story

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  • Timothy
  • Erskineville, Australia
  • 01-24-12

The barrow man made good

What did you like about this audiobook?

family business shops

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The death of Charlie's son.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Good use of dramatic pauses. Changing the pace of the delivery and good use of pitch to effect different emotions. The Variance in Cockney to Privileged accents was enjoyable.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing I wasn't really listening critically

Do you have any additional comments?

No

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-13

Fantastic

Where does As the Crow Flies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my all time favourite books
unfortunately Bridged just wish it wasn't.
easily could of done with a few more hours of this truly amazing story that was superbly narrated

What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Fantastically narrated brilliant to listen to

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  • iThink2018
  • 02-01-17

Wonderful Jeffrey Archer

If you could sum up As the Crow Flies in three words, what would they be?

Begins a little slowly: stay with it! Soon, you will be hooked!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything!

Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes: Martin Jarvis is terrific!

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

Yes. Time permitting, I would have! Love Jeffrey Archer book!

Any additional comments?

Please write more Mr. Archer! Your books are superb. Thank you So Much.

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  • Cheryl
  • 12-04-16

love this book.

I love this story I'm just disappointed so much was missing. large parts that were relevant to the story.