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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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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 04-28-08
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 04-28-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it."

    The perfect book to listen to - strong plot and strong characters. Maybe not great literature, but really, really fun.

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    Leah Duluth, GA, USA 04-28-08
    Leah Duluth, GA, USA 04-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the Best!!"

    I have always been a Jeffrey Archer fan, but this book exceeded all my expectations. The plot was original and very exciting. I found myself walking around in headphones, wanting to know what happens next!

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    Lubor Ptacek 04-27-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Exceptional"

    Jeffrey Archer stands out as one of the few non-formula bestseller authors. This book presents a captivating story which is right up there with Sons of Fortune and other top books by Lord Archer. The story is of course somewhat predictable for anyone who's read Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo or Jules Verne's Mathias Sandorf but entertaining nevertheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 04-26-08
    Leslie 04-26-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Another winner"

    I have read the hard copy of most of Archer's books and have always been intrigued. This is my first Archer audiobook and have found the author even better in the spoken word. This is among his best!!! I kind of knew what the ending would be but could'nt wait to find out how Archer would get there. This one made me late for work a few days..,.sat in the car in the parking lot to get to the end of the chapter. Great book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 04-26-08
    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 04-26-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best listens i've had in years.

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    Elsa Disputanta, VA, USA 04-19-08
    Elsa Disputanta, VA, USA 04-19-08
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    "Entertaining but far from the Count"

    Not as well thought out as the Count of Monte Cristo. The characters are likable and the story entertaining. However it seems as though the author ran out of energy, effort or interest in tying together the logistics of a good revenge plan and the legal issues. Not close in quality to The Count.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 04-15-08
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    "A Prisoner of Birth"

    Absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. The plot and characters were well suited for their parts keeping your intense interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Umashankar Clinton, NJ, USA 04-15-08
    Umashankar Clinton, NJ, USA 04-15-08
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    "Great story..."

    This is a great story and well narrated. It keeps you gripping especially during the 2nd part....and i had to sit in my car and listen in at lunch time...and take the long route back home and to work every day.....Worth every minute!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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