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Lubji Hoch escapes from the Nazis, moves to Berlin and changes his name to Richard Armitage. After a successful career in the British Army, he takes over a struggling newspaper and with unrivalled ruthlessness begins building his media empire.

Meanwhile, Keith Townsend, the son of a millionaire and Oxford educated, returns to Australia from London to take over his father's newspaper with similar ambitions.

As both men move their quest for power to the world stage, they realise they are more than a match for one another's brilliance and ambition. Their rivalry leads them to the brink of financial ruin and finally to the ultimate showdown where one will become the world’s most powerful man, and the other will succumb to tragedy.

Based on the rivalry between media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell, this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller full of status, corruption and deceit will captivate fans of Archer's blockbuster Kane and Abel.

The Fourth Estate is narrated by Jonathan Aris, a British television, film and theatre actor. He has appeared in Sherlock, the Night Manager alongside Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and played the angelic quartermaster in Good Omens.

Jeffrey Archer is a bestselling British author and former politician. He was educated at Oxford and went on to become a Member of Parliament, the deputy chair of the Conservative Party as well as sitting in the House of Lords. His political career ended in scandal and he turned to writing, where he has been published in over 250 countries.

He is perhaps most famous for the "Clifton Chronicles" and his blockbuster Kane and Abel which was number one on the New York Times Bestseller list and inspired a popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss and Sam Neill.

After he was imprisoned for perjury in 2001, he wrote his highly acclaimed non-fiction series, Prison Diaries - Hell, Purgatory and Heaven - which were inspired by his experiences and loosely structured around Dante’s Inferno.

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Sometimes confusing and a bit of deja-vu!

Basically this story uses the barely disguised lives of Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch, in a fictionalised form . It was interesting as I had never bothered to find out much about these men before I read the book and it was only after reading it that I delved into the lives of the men who inspired the characters. Like the fictional Keith and Dick in the book they had awesome lives .
This is as always with Jeffrey Archer, a superbly written book and it is also well read. It made learning about the publishing industry a veryenjoyable exercise. I only gave the story three stars as it wasn't very original!!!!

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I deserve a medal for finishing it

I’ve read plenty of Archer and this is awful. Rehash of Kane and Able, the historical errors in the first part of the novel are cringeworthy, the plot is utterly farcical in places and the characters totally unbelievable.

It was absolute torture to persist with it.

The narration is a bit wooden with poor attempts at accents.

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Brilliant Read

As usual Jeffrey Archer never disappoints, in any of his books.. Looking forward to his next William Warwick novel.

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Modern day kane and abel

Really enjoyed this book , twists snd turns from the first to the last page, very typical Jeffrey Archer composition
Long book but worth every minute of your time taken to ride the rollercoaster of the two competitive business men
Highly recommended

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Loved it!

Another Archer triumph. I read this after reading Fall. Fiction and fact in parallel.A brilliant story well read

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Sooo Dull

I read to Chapter 11 but found it so boring I gave up . If you like thrillers or even entertainment, I’d order something else - beyond tedious

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Excellent narration

Usual flowing storyline Which was a bit stale in places but redeemed by excellent narration.

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The Robert Maxwell & Rupert Murdoch story

amazing book, it shows what a crook Maxwell was and the amazing risks that both of them took. Great book

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Waste of a Credit

I really look forward to a new Jeffery Archer novel to listen to. This one is really disappointing. It is very poor compare to the rivalry written in Kane and Abel. It’s repetitive. I wasn’t engaged and struggled to get to the end. In my opinion this his his worst book ever and it would be a really shame if this is selected as a first read

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So disappointed!

I’ve read many books by Jeffrey Archer and I have to say I was very sad this one didn’t stack up against his previous works. It’s a long book, 19 hours and I made it 10 hours before I could stand it no longer.

The story is convoluted, difficult to follow and just not interesting. The narrator does a good job, but I’m sad to say it just wasn’t enough to coerce me into staying the entire way though.

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