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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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    John Palmetto Bay, FL, USA 07-15-08
    John Palmetto Bay, FL, USA 07-15-08 Member Since 2002
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    "falling stars"

    First, I must admit I enjoyed listening to the book. I'm more apt to read non-fiction, and Ilisten to books like this as an escape, a respite, which it was. And at first, I gave it 5 stars. The narration was first rate, I cared for the characters, the plot was easy to follow, and there were several surprises. The author clearly went out of his way to create non-traditional approaches to situations (for instance, finding a new way for Danny to get out of prison early),

    I've downgraded my rating now, though, because a nagging problem I had throughout the book -- are these twists actually reasonable? -- grew from a tenuous "well, maaaybeee" ... to something less accepting. The author simply worked too hard to plow new ground.

    The book did entertain me and the reading was excellent -- two of the ways I judge an audio book. But I did not learn anything (which I hope to do even in fictional works) and the plot simply didn't hold together after I put the book down.

    The bottom line -- the true test for me -- is whether I would recommend this book to friends, and the answer is "no". There is just too much else to be read....

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Salem, OR, USA 05-30-08
    Karen Salem, OR, USA 05-30-08
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    "Meticulous but Contrived"

    I have never read a Jeffrey Archer novel before, but the reviews of this were so glowing that I could not resist. He weaves a careful tale, with interesting characters. The narrator is amazing. However, the story is just not believable, which is ultimately why I rated low.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 04-25-08
    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 04-25-08 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 02-08-09
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 02-08-09
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    "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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Warren 05-29-08
    Warren 05-29-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel Largo, FL, USA 05-02-08
    Hazel Largo, FL, USA 05-02-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Well worth the listen!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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