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Summary

Don't get mean, get even.... One million dollars - that's what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight, four men - the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don - find themselves penniless. But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow him from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot and the hallowed lawns of Oxford. Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost - not a penny more, not a penny less.

©1976 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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"Archer is terrific and meets the reader's ultimate tests - to want to turn the page, to want to know what happens next"

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Favourite story, cracking pace

Always a favourite, this story is so well paced. It was great to hear it again. However, the usual poor pronunciation that seems ‘normal’ on audio books is such a shame. What can’t the producers engage British actors to read British books? In this one, ‘Baliol’ and ‘liqueur’ come to mind first. We use so many foreign words in our sophisticated vocabulary, especially French, and they catch US actors out all the time, as well as some of our British actors. It’s time to improve editing and quality control, so that great books like this are not devalued.

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Brilliant!

Took a little while to get into it, but once you're there got don't want it to finish 😃

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John Lee is a very talented narrator, but there were times when he could have spoken a little slower, particularly in the early chapters as the story and characters were being outlined.

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A classic tale of revenge

Would you listen to Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less again? Why?

Yes, a good paced story and entertaining to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the characters combined to get their revenge.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

Stephen Bradley

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

An easy an entertaining listen.

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Great Little Find with twists & turns

Brill i luv J.A. books and this didn't disappoint and very well narrated with all the accents & charm to keep u hooked

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A thoroughly good read.

What did you like most about Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less?

A really good gripping story. I enjoyed as much as I did the first time I read it in the mid 70s. It's one of those"old-fashioned" stories with a really bad baddie. I loved the twist in the tale at the end, too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less?

The last bit! But I won't spoil it!

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Good story. Narrated very well

The story was good and I really enoyed the banter between the main four characters.

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Excellent

This must be one of the best Jeffrey Archer books...enjoyed every minute of it. I wanted it to end, but didn't, if you know what I mean.
Wanted to know what happened ! Now I have to find another excellent book!

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I found the story too fragmented/disjointed and couldn’t get on with it. I usually love John Lee as narrator (e.g. Pillars of the Earth) but I found this narration too fast.

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upper class rubbish

What a disaster this book should come with a warning. Totally unbelievable upper class story

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BRILLIANT!!!

But you can't get lazy...got to stay with the plans & tricks the whole time!

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  • 31-10-20

One of the first but one of the best

Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller & this story demonstrates this .
The twists & turns of the story keep the reader/ listener hooked from beginning to end.
The details of the original scam & the plans to recoup the money are meticulous in their detail & make the plot so much more believable .
An excellent story , well read .

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  • 05-11-19

Not Jeremy’s best

Story line was a bit weak I thought, particularly after Kane and Able, Clifton Chronicles and the Prison Diaries.

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  • 21-02-18

Simply Marvelous

A great story with a couple of surprising twists that make it all the more enjoyable.

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  • 24-10-17

Great. Gripping.

Difficult to stop listening to until the suspense unfolds. Intelligent script. The voice over adds to the fun.