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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • K
  • 01-17-16

boring

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

Good Grief....this is such a boring tedious predictable book. Won't be reading any more of Mr. Archer's books

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

no

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Alan
  • longbeach, MS, United States
  • 08-25-10

Can't believe this book was so highly rated!!!


It was highly predictable, too good to be true nonsense. I'm sorry but it's typical of Archer's recent works.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

embarassing

It is difficult to believe Archer would gave the gall to compare this to Monte Cristo. This is a bad book.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Steve
  • Port Jefferson, NY, USA
  • 04-25-08

You people can't be serious.

What a bore. Unless you want to spend 10 chapters in a make believe English jail don't waste your time. I just feel that this would be a good short story. Revenge... who cares ... more importantly how to get revenge for this book.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Terrible

I don't get it. So many reviewers like this unimaginative book.It's just a bad rework of a good book, "The Count of Monte Cristo" This is the ONLY book that I could not bring myself to finish. I even started it over from the beginning to try and like this junk.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nina
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 02-08-09

Where's the editor?!?!?!?!?

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!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

His best since before he went to prison

I have enjoyed reading Jeffrey Archer for many years, even as a teenager before he was an MP and then sent to prison. His previous book (the Art one involving the 9/11 crashes) was merely so-so, and for a while his books have been merely enjoyable - but this one is FANTASTIC! a total return to form. If you have never read him, this really is a great place to start. Great characters, A long awaited justice served, high court drama, intrigue, villainy, and machinations. The characterization of Prisoners and their environemt is particularly vivid.

32 of 45 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Predictable

The plot was very, very predictable. The characters were bland and 2 dimensional. A more interesting book would be the book the author could write about his own very 'sorted' life story. Check out Jeffrey Archer in Wikipedia.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Hilo, HI, USA
  • 04-27-08

Prisoner of Birth

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

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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5 Stars - Wonderful!

This is a great story that keeps you hooked from the beginning all the way to an exciting conclusion. I've been an Audible member for over a couple of years and normally don't take the time to write a review. However, this book was one of my favorites I have listened to over the past couple of years. I felt compelled to let anyone know that is searching for a great story -- I believe you will be very happy with this choice.

28 of 42 people found this review helpful