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Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fianceé up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen’s Counsel of his generation.

A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two years in prison, thanks to irrefutable ...

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Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fianceé up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen’s Counsel of his generation.

A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two 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 straight up. All the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.

Thus begins Jeffrey Archer’s poignant novel of deception, hatred and vengeance, in which only one of them can finally triumph while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail.  But which one will triumph? 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.

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Danny Cartwright is doomed by circumstance. After a quartet of cynical Cambridge friends decide to make him the patsy for a murder one of them had committed, illiterate Danny is tried, convicted, and sentenced to 22 years at hellish Belmarsh Prison. Mind-tormenting incarceration gives him ample opportunity to polish his reading skills and, more central to the plot, his taste for revenge.

A compelling read.
The Boston Globe

Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.
The Washington Post

Dynamite…plot twists and a slam-bang finale.
Patrick Anderson
Readers who stick with this 500-page novel will eventually decide to ignore its improbabilities and focus on whether Danny can get out of the mess. Of course, anyone with half a brain knows how this morality play will turn out, but Archer tosses in various plot twists and a slam-bang final courtroom scene that will leave his fans exhausted but satisfied.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Though Archer's new novel is a porridge that mushes The Count of Monte Cristo together with The Prince and the Pauper, Roger Allam gives an award-worthy performance in this crisply paced production. Most challenging is that the main character thinks like East Ender Danny, but often speaks like the nobleman Nick. Allam slides gracefully between the two accents. He also performs the many voices of an unwieldy cast of lawyers, judges, Swiss bankers, guards, police officers, a bartender, a house cleaner and a soap star actor. Sometimes, Allam takes some shortcuts, such as giving all the judges sniffy voices, but he delights in individualizing the better drawn minor characters like Big Al, a former Scottish soldier, and Larry Hunsucker, a Texas oilman and philatelist. A bonus interview reveals little about Archer, except for his spending 300 hours on a draft. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Colorful, bestselling novelist Archer has written a modern spin on Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo. Garage mechanic Danny Cartwright and his sweetheart Beth, joined by her brother, Bernie, celebrate their engagement at a posh West End night spot. Beth is insulted by several drunken toffs, and a fight ensues; Bernie is fatally stabbed, and Danny takes the fall because the toffs have fabricated a cover story. He is convicted and serves time in Belmarsh prison, where Archer himself served part of a sentence for perjury. Danny's cell mate is the aristocratic Sir Nicholas Moncrieff, who just happens to resemble Danny and teaches him to talk with a posh accent and comport himself in the style of an English gentleman. Danny manages to escape from Belmarsh and seeks revenge on his accusers in a manner that is somewhat reminiscent of the protagonists in Archer's early novel Kane and Abel. Noted actor Roger Allam brings professionalism to his narration, with accents developed where necessary but not always fully. The interview with Archer is an interesting finish to the book and showcases audio production in a way that a print copy cannot. Recommended for large public libraries with a high circulation of Archer's work. [Macmillan Audio also has two versions of A Prisoner of Birth available: 13 CDs. unabridged. 16½ hrs. 2008. ISBN 9781427202833, 9781427203052]
—David Faucheux

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"There's no better person to narrate this 21st-century adventure than Roger Allam…Allam narrates the multiple layers and numerous characters of this complex plot with alacrity. His reading, together with the story's ending, will leave listeners fulfilled." - AudioFile
The Huffington Post Tom Alderman

Narrator Roger Allam pumps this story up considerably by enhancing each character with engrossing vocal interpretations. He does a terrific job subtly morphing Danny's East-End accent into an upper-crust West-End one.... Every character in the story draws you in but there's a old Scottish lawyer and a venerable British defense barrister that'll have you cheering. Both are superb combinations of what Archer has put on paper and narrator Allam has brought to them vocally.... A sensational revenge story heightened by superb narration. You might find yourself sitting in a parked car finishing off a chapter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312944094
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 239,912
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 4.10 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords and two in Her majesty's prisons, which spawned three volumes of highly acclaimed Prison Diaries. All of his novels and short story collections--including Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, and False Impression--have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two children and lives in London and Cambridge.

Roger Allam has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. In reviewing Allam's narration of Jeffrey Archer's Paths of Glory, Publishers Weekly said, "Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel…. Allam's remarkable accents are the highlight of the audio book."


Few contemporary writers can lay claim to as many career highs and lows as Jeffrey Archer -- bestselling novelist, disgraced politician, British peer, convicted perjurer, and former jailbird. And whether you view his misfortunes as bad luck or well-deserved comeuppance depends largely on how you feel about this gregarious, fast-talking force of nature.

Born in London and raised in Somerset, Archer attended Wellington School and worked at a succession of jobs before being hired to teach Physical Education at Dover College. He gained admission to Brasenose College at Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a first-class sprinter and a tireless promoter, famously inveigling the Beatles into supporting a fundraising drive he spearheaded on behalf of the then-obscure charity Oxfam.

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued work as a fundraiser and ran successfully for political office. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 but was forced to step down in 1974 when he lost his fortune in a fraudulent investment scheme. He turned to writing in order to stave off bankruptcy. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was published in 1976 and became an instant hit. It was followed, in quick succession, by a string of bestsellers, including his most famous novel, Kane and Abel (1979), which was subsequently turned into a blockbuster CBS-TV miniseries.

On the strength of his literary celebrity, Archer revived his political career in 1985, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The following year he was forced to resign over a scandal involving payment to a London prostitute. (He admitted paying the money, but denied vehemently that it was for sex.) In 1987, he sued a British tabloid for libel and was awarded damages in the amount of 500,000 pounds.

Despite the adverse publicity, Queen Elizabeth (acting on the advice of Prime Minister John Major) awarded Archer a life peerage in 1992. The Conservative Party selected him to run for Mayor of London in the 2000 election, but he withdrew from the race when perjury charges were brought against him in the matter of the 1987 libel trial. In 2001, he was convicted and served half of a four-year prison term. (He turned the experience into three bestselling volumes of memoir!) Since his release, Lord Archer has expressed no interest in returning to public office, choosing instead to concentrate on charity work and on his writing career.

Controversy has dogged Archer most of his adult life. Claims still circulate that he falsified his paperwork to gain entrance to Oxford; and, at various other times, he has been accused of shoplifting, padding expenses, insider trading, misappropriation of funds, and financing a failed coup d'état against a foreign government. Needless to say, all this has kept him squarely in the sights of the British tabloids.

Yet, for all the salacious headlines and in spite of lukewarm reviews, Archer remains one of Britain's most popular novelists. His books will never be classified as great literature, but his writing is workmanlike and he has never lost his flair for storytelling. In addition to his novels, he has also written short stories and plays. Clearly, in "art," as in life, Jeffrey Archer has proved himself an affable survivor.

Good To Know

Archer was once a competitive runner and represented Great Britain in international competition.

Regarding the sex scandal that ultimately landed her husband in prison, Lady Mary Archer, the author's wife of 35 years, told reporters that she was "cross" with her husband but that "we are all human and Jeffrey manages to be more human than most. I believe his virtues and talents are also on a larger scale."

The prison where Archer was transferred for carrying out his perjury sentence in October 2001 is a "low security" jail on the Lincolnshire coast, a facility known for raising high-quality pork. According to one authority, "It is considered to be a cushy little place."

After his "fall from grace," Archer counted former Conservative PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major among his many loyal supporters.

In the 1980s, Archer and his wife, Mary, purchased the Old Vicarage, Grantchester, a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke.
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    1. Hometown:
      London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1940
    1. Education:
      Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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A Prisoner of Birth
By Archer, Jeffrey St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2008 Archer, Jeffrey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312379292

Chapter 1
“Yes,” said Beth.
She tried to look surprised, but wasn’t all that convincing as she had already decided that they were going to be married when they were at secondary school. However, she was amazed when Danny fell on one knee in the middle of the crowded restaurant.
“Yes,” Beth repeated, hoping he’d stand up before everyone in the room stopped eating and turned to stare at them. But he didn’t budge. Danny remained on one knee, and like a conjurer, produced a tiny box from nowhere. He opened it to reveal a simple gold band boasting a single diamond that was far larger than Beth had expected—although her brother had already told her that Danny had spent two months’ wages on the ring.
When Danny finally got off his knee, he took her by surprise again. He immediately began to tap a number on his mobile. Beth knew only too well who would be on the other end of the line.
“She said yes!” Danny announced triumphantly. Beth smiled as she held the diamond under the light and took a closer look. “Why don’t you join us?” Danny added before she could stop him. “Great, let’s meet at that wine bar off the Fulham Road—the one we went to after the Chelsea game last year. See you there, mate.”
Beth didn’t protest; afterall, Bernie was not only her brother, but Danny’s oldest friend, and he’d probably already asked him to be his best man.
Danny turned off his phone and asked a passing waiter for the bill. The maître d’ bustled across.
“It’s on the house,” he said, giving them a warm smile.
It was to be a night of surprises.
When Beth and Danny strolled into the Dunlop Arms, they found Bernie seated at a corner table with a bottle of champagne and three glasses by his side.
“Fantastic news,” he said even before they had sat down.
“Thanks, mate,” said Danny, shaking hands with his friend.
“I’ve already phoned Mum and Dad,” said Bernie as he popped the cork and filled the three champagne glasses. “They didn’t seem all that surprised, but then it was the worst-kept secret in Bow.”
“Don’t tell me they’ll be joining us as well,” said Beth.
“Not a chance,” said Bernie raising his glass. “You’ve only got me this time. To long life and West Ham winning the cup.”
“Well, at least one of those is possible,” said Danny.
“I think you’d marry West Ham if you could,” said Beth, smiling at her brother.
“Could do worse,” said Bernie.
Danny laughed. “I’ll be married to both for the rest of my life.”
“Except on Saturday afternoons,” Bernie reminded him.
“And you might even have to sacrifice a few of those once you take over from Dad,” said Beth.
Danny frowned. He had been to see Beth’s father during his lunch break and had asked for permission to marry his daughter—some traditions die hard in the East End. Mr. Wilson couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about Danny becoming his son-in-law, but went on to tell him that he had changed his mind about something Danny thought they’d already agreed on.
“And if you think I’m gonna call you guv when you take over from my old man,” said Bernie, breaking into his thoughts, “you can forget it.” Danny didn’t comment.
“Is that who I think it is?” said Beth.
Danny took a closer look at the four men standing by the bar. “It certainly looks like ’im.”
“Looks like who?” asked Bernie.
“That actor what plays Dr. Beresford in The Prescription.”
“Lawrence Davenport,” whispered Beth.
“I could always go and ask for his autograph,” said Bernie.
“Certainly not,” said Beth. “Although Mum never misses an episode.”
“I think you fancy him,” said Bernie as he topped up their glasses.
“No, I don’t,” said Beth a little too loudly, causing one of the men at the bar to turn around. “And in any case,” she added smiling at her fiancé, “Danny’s far better looking than Lawrence Davenport.”
“Dream on,” said Bernie. “Just because Danny boy’s shaved and washed his hair for a change, don’t think he’s gonna make a habit of it, sis. No chance. Just remember that your future ’usband works in the East End, not the City.”
“Danny could be anything he wanted to be,” said Beth, taking his hand.
“What’ve you got in mind, sis? Tycoon or tosser?” said Bernie, thumping Danny on the arm.
“Danny’s got plans for the garage that will make you—”
“Shh,” said Danny, as he refilled his friend’s glass.
“He’d better have, ’cause gettin’ spliced don’t come cheap,” said Bernie. “To start with, where you goin’ to live?”
“There’s a basement flat just round the corner that’s up for sale,” said Danny.
“But have you got enough readies?” demanded Bernie. “’Cause basement flats don’t come cheap, even in the East End.”
“We’ve saved enough between us to put down a deposit,” said Beth, “and when Danny takes over from Dad—”
“Let’s drink to that,” said Bernie, only to find that the bottle was empty. “I’d better order another.”
“No,” said Beth firmly. “I’ve got to be on time for work tomorrow morning, even if you haven’t.”
“To hell with that,” said Bernie. “It’s not every day that my little sister gets engaged to my best mate. Another bottle!” he shouted.
The barman smiled as he removed a second bottle of champagne from the fridge below the counter. One of the men standing at the bar checked the label. “Pol Roger,” he said, before adding in a voice that carried: “Wasted on them.”
Bernie jumped up from his place, but Danny immediately pulled him back down.
“Ignore them,” he said, “they’re not worth the space.”
The barman walked quickly across to their table. “Don’t let’s be havin’ any trouble, lads,” he said as he removed the cork. “One of them’s celebratin’ his birthday, and frankly they’ve had a bit too much to drink.”
Beth took a closer look at the four men while the barman refilled their glasses. One of them was staring at her. He winked, opened his mouth and ran his tongue around his lips. Beth quickly turned back, relieved to find that Danny and her brother hadn’t noticed.
“So where you two goin’ on honeymoon?”
“Saint Tropez,” said Danny.
“That’ll set you back a bob or two.”
“And you’re not coming along this time,” said Beth.
“The slut’s quite presentable until she opens her mouth,” said a voice re drunk,” said Beth. “Just ignore them.”
“Oh, I don’t know,” said the other man. “There are times when I quite like a slut’s mouth to be open.”
Bernie grabbed the empty bottle, and it took all of Danny’s strength to hold him down.
“I want to leave,” said Beth firmly. “I don’t need a bunch of public-school snobs ruining my engagement party.”
Danny immediately jumped up, but Bernie just sat there, drinking his champagne. “Come on, Bernie, let’s get out of here before we do somethin’ we regret,” said Danny. Bernie reluctantly stood up and followed his friend, but he never once took his eyes off the four men at the bar. Beth was pleased to see that they had turned their backs on them, and appeared to be deep in conversation.
But the moment Danny opened the back door, one of them swung around. “Leaving, are we?” he said. He took out his wallet and added, “When you’ve finished with her, my friends and I have just enough left over for a gang bang.”
“You’re full of shit,” said Bernie.
“Then why don’t we go outside and sort it out?”
“Be my guest, Dickhead,” said Bernie as Danny shoved him through the door and out into the alley before he had the chance to say anything else. Beth slammed the door behind them and began walking down the alley. Danny gripped Bernie by the elbow, but they had only gone a couple of paces before he shook him off. “Let’s go back and sort them.”
“Not tonight,” said Danny, not letting go of Bernie’s arm as he continued to lead his friend on down the alley.
When Beth reached the main road she saw the man Bernie described as Dickhead standing there, one hand behind his back. He leered at her and began licking his lips again, just as his friend came rushing around the corner, slightly out of breath. Beth turned to see her brother, legs apart, standing his ground. He was smiling.
“Let’s go back inside,” Beth shouted at Danny, only to see that the other two men from the bar were now standing by the door, blocking the path.
“Fuck ’em,” said Bernie. “It’s time to teach the bastards a lesson.”
“No, no,” pleaded Beth as one of the men came charging up the alley toward them.
“You take Dickhead,” said Bernie, “and I’ll deal with the other three.”
Beth looked on in horror as Dickhead threw a punch that caught Danny on the side of the chin and sent him reeling back. He recovered in time to block the next punch, feint and then land one that took Dickhead by surprise. He fell on one knee, but was quickly back on his feet before taking another swing at Danny.
As the other two men standing by the back door didn’t seem to want to join in, Beth assumed the fight would be over fairly quickly. She could only watch as her brother landed an uppercut on the other man, the force of which almost knocked him out. As Bernie waited for him to get back on his feet, he shouted to Beth, “Do us a favor, sis, grab a cab. This ain’t gonna last much longer, and then we need to be out of ’ere.”
Beth turned her attention to Danny to make such he was getting the better of Dickhead. Dickhead was lying spread-eagled on the ground with Danny on top of him, clearly in control. She gave them both one last look before reluctantly obeying her brother. Beth ran off down the alley and once she reached the main road, began searching for a taxi. She only had to wait a couple of minutes before she spotted a familiar yellow FOR HIRE sign.
Beth flagged down the cabbie as the man Bernie had felled staggered past her and disappeared into the night.
“Where to, luv?” asked the cabbie.
“Bacon Road, Bow,” said Beth. “And two of my friends will be along in a moment,” she added as she opened the back door.
The cabbie glanced over her shoulder and down the alley. “I don’t think it’s a taxi they’ll be needing, luv,” he said. “If they were my friends, I’d be phoning for an ambulance.” Copyright © 2008 by Jeffrey Archer. All rights reserved.


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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining modernization of the Dumas classic

    Danny Cartwright proposes to his beloved Beth Wilson who accepts. The pair and her brother Bernie, who is also his best friend, celebrate. Four drunks (Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer), who call themselves the Musketeers insult the trio. A fight occurs and one of the quartet stabs Bernie killing him. The four Musketeers swear they witnessed Danny kill the man though he claims otherwise. Since they are elite Cambridge University graduates and successful professionals who speak and dress like aristocratic gentlemen while he is an illiterate slum scum, he is charged with the homicide as ¿clothing¿ makes the man. His attorney the best one he can obtain with little money is slaughtered by the prosecutor. Danny is convicted to serve twenty-two years at maximum-security Belmarsh Prison. --- In prison Danny shares a cell with Nicholas Moncrieff, who teaches him to read Dumas. When someone kills Moncrieff, Danny pretends to be Nicholas and escapes his incarceration. His goals are to destroy the Musketeers and prove his innocence. --- The fun in this crime thriller is finding the numerous references to The Count of Monte Cristo as Jeffrey Archer pays homage to Alexander Dumas. The story line is fast-paced from the moment of the first confrontation and never slows down as Danny works his revenge. Although the key players including the hero are never fully developed beyond their link to the original novel, readers will enjoy this entertaining modernization of the Dumas classic. --- Harriet Klausner

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009


    This is the first book I ever read by Jeffrey Archer and it was great. A real page turner and hard to put down. I would highly recommend reading this. I plan on reading all his books.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    A Prisoner of Birth

    Jeffrey Archer's latest novel is essentially a modern remake of Alexandre Dumas' The Count Of Monte Cristo. While the latter's tale was set in 18th-century France at the time when a certain Napoleon Bonaparte was in exile, Prisoner Of Birth takes place in modernday London. Apart from the difference of some 200 years, the plots of the two novels barely differ. In this book, a young man by the name of Danny Cartwright, who was about to marry his childhood sweetheart, suddenly finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit. He is then put behind bars where he receives some education from a cellmate. Danny finds a way to escape. He then amasses a huge fortune, and a title to boot, and plots revenge against those who brought about his earlier downfall. The fast-moving plot and simple language make the novel a definite pageturner. But despite Archer's attempts to adapt his story to modern times, some parts of the plot might seem rather far-etched and unbelievable, especially the prison escape. Archer manages to inject some originality only towards the later part of the story, choosing to digress from Dumas' tragic end for the Count of Monte Cristo. Those who have not read the original classic may appreciate this. But fans of the original may find that this copycat modern version is just not up to par.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A very good read

    Despite of the fact that you have the idea that how it is going to end, this is a real page turner....I just could not put it down.....i loved it, and one of those books which i never wanted to end...

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    welcome back

    We've been awaiting Archer's true return for a long, long time! Grisham creates characters which lock you in within the first 10 pages, but Archer did it way before Grisham. Great characterization and a good storyline are the makings of a truly good read. You won't be able to put this work down. Read and enjoy and then pass it along to a friend.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Lots of interesting views

    Not Since Cane and Able have I read such a style. If you enjoyed Cane and Able you must read A Prisoner of Birth. With the story line much similar to that of The Count of Monte Cristo with the switching of identity and such, you find yourself looking forward to Danny's just revenge. This is a fast page turner.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Great Book!!!

    This was a great book. Flowed really well

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Great Read

    Typical of Jeffrey Archer, keeps you trying to out guess him. Nice twists and turns in the plot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013


    Another gripping tale! Read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Another winner

    I have yet to be disappointed in one of Archer's books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Very enjoyable - particularly the audio version

    This is a very enjoyable book. Nicely drawn characters, good plot, interesting twists, but the audio version read by Roger Allam elevates it to another level. As many have said before Roger Allam could read the phone book and keep you captivated. He has enormous talent for not only accents and dialects, but he acts the parts, he doesn't just read them. Given that he is a great actor that comes as no surprise, but it makes listening to the book all the more enjoyable for the audience. He clearly distinguishes between each character and gives them life.

    I would also recommend Jeffrey Archer's Only Time Will Tell (the first of the Clifton Chronicles) which is a great story . . . but get the audio version read by Roger Allam!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Definitely one of Archer's best!

    If you are a fan of Jeffrey Archer, you don't want to miss this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Could not put this book down


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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Highly recommend it

    Wow. What a gripping story. Kept me reading straight through. Made me buy more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A Must Read

    Jeffrey Archer knows so well how to engage the reader. It's almost as if you personally know the characters. From beginning to end, I couldn't wait to get back to a private place to finish this book. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    The book was interesting but not how i expected it to be

    The only thing i didnt like about was that rhe favt the author didnt use very descriptive words like for instance instead of saying i had a fine day i either had an awesome day or a horrible day because ok says nothing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Don't hesitate, read this book.

    I had read the overview of this book online several times and put off purchasing. Glad I finally bought it on Nook! A truly original and engrossing tale.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I stopped reading Jeffery Archer many years ago on principle, but having run out of my favourite authors recently I went back to him and realised what I have been missing. A prisoner of birth was excellent like always you never know the plot and so you keep on reading until the book is finished.
    without his Bellmarsh experience I am sure it would not have been as good. Looking forward to his next book.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Read it!

    Excellent story,excellent writing,read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012


    This was such a grest book. Unlike anything i have ever read

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