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A Prisoner of Birth | [Jeffrey Archer]

A Prisoner of Birth

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny is an East End Cockney mechanic, Spencer is a West End barrister. When they meet, their lives will never be the same again.
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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2008.

You heard it here first: The unabridged edition of A Prisoner of Birth is only available as a download.

This download also includes an interview with Jeffrey Archer about A Prisoner of Birth.

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track.

Danny, an East End Cockney, leaves Clement Attlee Comprehensive School at the age of 15 to take up a job at a local garage. He falls in love with Beth, the boss's daughter, and asks her to marry him.

Spencer Craig resides in the West End. A graduate of an English public school and Cambridge University, he becomes a criminal barrister and is soon tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.

Danny and Beth travel up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. They end the evening in a wine bar where Spencer Craig is also celebrating - his 30th birthday, along with a select group of university chums.

Their lives will never be the same again. For, an hour later, one of them is arrested for murder, while the other ends up as the prosecution's chief witness in an Old Bailey trial.

©2008 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital 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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    Jean Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom 15/04/2008
    Jean Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom 15/04/2008 Member Since 2006
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    "A Prisoner of Birth (Unabridged"

    What can i say but a real twist in the tale, very difficult to stop listening even when others wanted to talk to you. You just could not wait to switch back on.
    It also shows how someone from a disadvantaged illitetate background can turn their own life around when shown another way.
    Well worth a read, it is not too long as this audio book really keeps your attention and when the end does come you want to listen again to bits you have forgotten.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    anthonyunionjackson Surbiton, United Kingdom 17/03/2008
    anthonyunionjackson Surbiton, United Kingdom 17/03/2008 Member Since 2006
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    "Another Ace Archer..."

    What a great tale - I could not stop listening to it. My only regret is that I bought the abridged version by mistake and have missed out on 10 hrs of great story telling!!!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 05/06/2008
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 05/06/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "Entralling story of changing fortunes"

    I have to admit to a previous prejudice against Jeffrey Archer's writing quite wrongly believing that it would be poor. How wrong I was to judge by this book! He's a cracking good story-teller. Although the audio book is about 16 hours long it never flags and I couldn't wait to get back to listening to find out what happened next. There are numerous twists and turns in the story that keep one guessing, but none are implausible. The author has used his experiences of incarceration fruitfully not least by adding authenticity to the descriptions of prison life, but he has also done a lot of research into other themes that play an important part in this intriguing story, such as: stamp collecting; how Swiss banks work; and rules of evidence, as well as lesser details about railway timetables. I was reminded a bit of Frederick Forsyth who similarly does a lot of research into details that add credibility to his novels.
    Last, but far from least, the reader of this audio book does a superb job in bringing the many characters vividly to life.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Clare RichmondUnited Kingdom 27/05/2008
    Clare RichmondUnited Kingdom 27/05/2008
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    "Revolutionised the housework!"

    I am truly impressed! Jeffrey Archer really isn?t someone I would ever have considered listening to in the past but having seen such a high number of great reviews within days of its release and hearing such great feedback from my colleagues I got bitten by the bug and simply had to download! Ok so he?s no Tolstoy, but he had me hooked right from the off and it was wonderfully narrated.

    I normally only ever listen to books when going to bed and am completely addicted so won?t even think of retiring without my iPod close at hand. That is until now.... Over the weekend facing a particularly untidy kitchen that I just couldn?t put off any longer and wanting to know what happened next in A Prisoner of Birth I decided I should try combining the 2. I never thought I?d hear myself say this but I have never enjoyed household chores so much in my life. When I?d got the kitchen looking somewhere close to respectable I actually found myself wanting to do more as I didn?t want to stop listening. I ended up cleaning parts of the kitchen I didn?t even know existed! I?ve spent a large part of today thinking about what other jobs I might tackle when I get home! My only concern now (other than the thought that I really should get out more!) is what I listen to next to keep up this momentum!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 16/05/2008
    David HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 16/05/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "A great listen"

    I have never read/listened to an Archer novel and so I didn't know what to expect. How pleased I was when I started listening to this! This keeps you gripped and I find myself driving around the block on my way home from work to listen to a little more (sad eh?). I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys gripping drama.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sue hemel hempstead, herts, United Kingdom 06/04/2011
    Sue hemel hempstead, herts, United Kingdom 06/04/2011
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    "Enjoyable and captivating"

    I find with an audio book the story has to be clear and captivating to stop my brain wandering off on irrelevant thoughts! Well there was never a problem with this story. It may not be the most descriptive of prose, but it held my attention the whole time. In book form, it would be described as a 'page turner'. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Belfast, Northern Ireland 10/04/2008
    Amazon Customer Belfast, Northern Ireland 10/04/2008 Listener Since 2008

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    "Fantastic"

    No matter what your opinion on Archer personally, he writes a cracking page turner. This kept me enthralled for hours. The reading quality was excellent as well ie paced & good command of various accents (Cockney, upper class English, Scottish etc)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 13/02/2011
    Jamie DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 13/02/2011
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    Awesome!

    I haven't read a Archer book in several years as I have been reading pretty much everything else - Connelly, Leather, Rankin, Cole, Child etc etc BUT after remembering how good 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less' was, I thought I would give him a go again. Thankfully I can say he has lost none of his skill at spinning a wicked tale that keeps you on your toes from beginning to end! The way he constructs likeable and loathsome characters is top drawer. A great yarn and it puts Mr Archer right back up near the top of my favourites list along with Lee Child, Stephen Leather and Ian Rankin, however, as I have exhausted all their books I can see many Archer books being consumed in the next few months!

    Again - Awesome!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Presteigne, Powys, United Kingdom 20/03/2009
    Nigel Presteigne, Powys, United Kingdom 20/03/2009
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    "first Archer, but not my last"

    This was my first Archer, as I, like other reviewers, thought it would be pulp fiction. How wrong could I be? the story grips fom the start, and develops apparently endlessly, but I just wanted it to carry on. the story has layer upon layer, never bores and always entertains.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christine petersfield, United Kingdom 31/12/2008
    Christine petersfield, United Kingdom 31/12/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "It's a great book"

    An excellent book and very well read by the narrator. This kept my attention from beginning to end and lives up to expectations from the Author. Top class book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cling to your earphones or car stereo! This book will keep you listening. What a story and what a narrator. While listening I gave up trying to anticipate what will happen next - I was wrong every time. Well done JA

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