Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

  • by Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jeffrey Archer is at his captivating best in this, his first novel, an intricate tale of deceit, dishonor, and sweet revenge. What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?

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Convoluted schemes and name brand dropping

I like revenge stories and had particularly enjoyed Archer's A Prisoner of Birth, but this was very disappointing. So much of it was just name brand dropping in a way that had little or nothing to do with the plot. Some of the Amazon reviews said that the plot was "unbelievable" or "too coincidental" but I expected that, since typically a revenge novel is meant to be a bit over the top. However, nobody hit on the right description: "unnecessarily convoluted;" full of complicated schemes that would make sense in a caper movie but not when you are listening to them, particularly because of the great deal of padding. Not completely awful, some fun parts, but you might want a hard copy for a skim- through beach read instead of an audible version.
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- Patricia

Tripe

Looking for a popular author, I thought it time to try Jeffrey Archer. I realise this was his first novel and I'm sure his writing skills improved with experience, but I have to say I could this banal and pretentious. I was happy to drift a long with the plot until I realised that the actions of the protagonists began to tell me more about the character of the author than the quality of the writing. I could go on, but I don't want to add any spoilers. I won't be reading or listening to any more novels by this author. No problems with the narrator - can't blame the cast for a terrible script.
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- Mike Williamson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio