A Prisoner of Birth

  • by Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by Roger Allam
  • 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 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 from strength to strength. But all the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.Thus begins Jeffrey Archer's poignant and unputdownable novel of deception, hatred and revenge, in which only one of them can finally triumph, while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail. But which one? 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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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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Customer Reviews

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His best since before he went to prison

I have enjoyed reading Jeffrey Archer for many years, even as a teenager before he was an MP and then sent to prison. His previous book (the Art one involving the 9/11 crashes) was merely so-so, and for a while his books have been merely enjoyable - but this one is FANTASTIC! a total return to form. If you have never read him, this really is a great place to start. Great characters, A long awaited justice served, high court drama, intrigue, villainy, and machinations. The characterization of Prisoners and their environemt is particularly vivid.
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- Ant the Limey

Very Entertaining

I really enjoyed this book. It was a solid story throughout and kept you interested in the main protagonist, Danny Cartwright. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. His different accents and his fine characterizations kept the story interesting for this listener. It has also made me want to read/listen to the Count of Monte Cristo again, as this is what Sir Archer says he based his plot on.

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- Debbie Pieterse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio