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Summary

Playing for the highest stakes of all . . .

In the 1960s, four ambitious new MPs take their seats at Westminster. Over three decades they share the turbulent passions and upheavals of the race for power with their wives and families, men and women caught up in a dramatic game for the highest stakes of all. But only one man can gain the ultimate goal - the office of Prime Minister.

©1984 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Insight into parliment

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Enjoyed the story built around three individuals all who want to go into politics . The story evolves telling the tale and including similar happening over the years in the national press. Contains it all tear jerking moments, humour, betrayal all within twists and turns making a griping tale. Could not wait to pick it up again.

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A darned good yarn.....

A good story for those who like the cut and thrust of British political life.
some nearly true to life events intertwined with the author's vivid imagination and local knowledge keeps you wondering where it will go next.

Very enjoyable

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Dated but decent

A very simple look into what is supposed to be typical British politics... All the clichés are here, Tories as bankers, labour firebrands... Perfectly decent time killer and quite fun to see who will win out in the end

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A captivating read from start to finish

Archer allows an exciting delve into British politics that keeps you enthralled from start to finish. I have no doubt that there is a Charles, Ray, Simon and Andrew in every administration. Informative and great story

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  • Andy
  • Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 04-10-15

Good standard Archer

Would you consider the audio edition of First Among Equals to be better than the print version?

Nope the two mediums are completely different

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fraser or Seymour I found Kerslake full of his own self importance and Gould was smug

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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This works - on more than one level.

Any additional comments?

I'll declare a interest (or prejudice) and admit I've never been a great Jeffrey Archer fan, but this one is an exception. I've got a well thumbed paperback and was interested to see if the audio measures up. I think it's better. I'd not heard John Lee before but his narration was excellent.

4 young men arrive in Parliament in the same year, all with the same long term ambition; No 10. There's Ray the butcher's son from Leeds, Simon, son of a Solicitor but no financial featherbedding, Andrew who's treading a different political path from his father and Charles the aristocratic rather nasty piece of work. None of them too caricatured apart from perhaps Charles, whose Damascene conversion years later isn't entirely believable.

Some strong supporting characters help with an interesting story, but with the addition of a lot of real background and insight into Parliament and the way politics work. Even though the world has changed in the intervening years, it's still relevant.

No spoilers as to who, if any of them, succeed. Listen for yourself - you could well enjoy it.

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  • Sandra
  • 22-09-15

No solid plotline

Not my kind of story. the stort follows the life of several gentlemen and rambles on about the details of British politics. but I don't know where the author is heading.

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  • G
  • 12-05-15

Political heavy book

Good insight into political or kings but gets rather tedious at times. But you have to stay focused as there are a large amount of central charaxhters.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-10-14

A little disjointed...

Jeffrey Archer novels span a large footprint on the space-time continuum. That said, he does tend to wander, and sometimes leaves storylines hanging. In this book, for example, the Queen makes a proclamation which Archer goes to great lengths to lay out in terms of the principals involved, and how the proclamation is received by all, but the proclamation itself is never revealed. Being as it comes toward the end of the book, it is a letdown. Other than that flaw, it is a decent read.