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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2008.

You heard it here first: The unabridged edition of A Prisoner of Birth is only available as a download.

This download also includes an interview with Jeffrey Archer about A Prisoner of Birth.

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track.

Danny, an East End Cockney, leaves Clement Attlee Comprehensive School at the age of 15 to take up a job at a local garage. He falls in love with Beth, the boss's daughter, and asks her to marry him.

Spencer Craig resides in the West End. A graduate of an English public school and Cambridge University, he becomes a criminal barrister and is soon tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.

Danny and Beth travel up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. They end the evening in a wine bar where Spencer Craig is also celebrating - his 30th birthday, along with a select group of university chums.

Their lives will never be the same again. For, an hour later, one of them is arrested for murder, while the other ends up as the prosecution's chief witness in an Old Bailey trial.

©2008 Jeffrey Archer (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bestseller Archer...pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about A Prisoner of Birth

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Masterclass by Archer and narrator

I've always enjoyed the Fiction genre by Archer's books get me hooked. Similar was the case with this one, once I had started, I could only get up after 5 days when I had finished the book from start to end.

STORY:
All of Archer's book have phenomenal character development and a story full of plot twists and turns that no one can predict.

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I don't want to get into the intricacies but this audiobook is more than a narration of the story, it is an experience. The narrator nails each and every accent and pace of narration every time which begs you for wanting more.

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Great listening

Gripping and very well written story and equally good narration ...really unputdownable...really enjoyed it very much

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Brilliant!!!!

Definitely one of my all time favorite read! I always felt that good audio books are ruined by bad and/or average narration!! But this book has been narrated so well that it transport you into the world of Danny Cartwright - and what a wonderful experience it is indeed!!! Must download!! *applause*

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One of the gripping story and storytelling

Jeffrey Archer as we all know, is an amazing writer and he keeps you glued to the book. This is my first ever audio book and Roger Allam has done absolute justice to this amazing story. The modulation makes you feel that you are in the scene. Highly recommended.

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Gripping and engaging

Amazing story, wonderfully narrated. The 80 chapters pass in a jiffy. Would totally recommend listening to it

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Narration brilliant. Must buy.

Loved it. Seems as though it's happening right in front of your eyes. Total entertainer.

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Jeffrey Archer at his best

Superb. Narrator excellent, change in accents by the narrator of the different characters made it even more enjoyable.

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Prisoner Of Birth

most memorable moment was the climax of the book, well written and well read!loved it, excellant narration please read more books.prisonner of birth

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gripping. hard to put it down in middle for long.

gripping. hard to put it down in middle for long. courtroom drama at it's best

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Fantastic Read...errmm.. Listen!!.

I believe a book is good when you don't want to stop reading/listening to it. This one manages to keep you interested and guessing all the time, right till the last word.

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  • Michael
  • 13-11-19

One of Jeffrey’s best

Great story, blatant plagiarism based on the Count of Monte Christo done brilliantly with English flair.
Jeffrey doesn’t disappoint. Much from his own experience in prison- itself a travesty of justice.
Thoroughly enjoyable with more twists that a packet of pretzels.

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  • Elisa Guazzelli Machado
  • 23-07-18

The Book I Wished For

What could I say? I loved it. The book had everything I hoped for in a plot. Great characters, great twists, legal battles, smart negotiations, background histories, a love story and a sweet revenge. I am a Dumas fan and I agree with the author that it was a challenge to write his own Count of Montecristo. But I believe Archer made a wonderful job for the modern reader. If I could say one negative thing about the book was the fact that it took me a while to warm up to Beth. I admired her loyalty, but couldn’t feel all that the author was trying to convey about her.

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  • Ray
  • 08-09-17

This book really got me in!

A thoroughly absorbing tale. Some delightfully humorous Courtroom scenes. A well constructed story that I had difficulty putting down!

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  • Ibrahim
  • 22-02-17

Another fantastic Archer book

A great story of one losing a friend and getting accused by his murderer and then finding a way to get even.
The story is most gripping.
Well performed with excellent change of accents.

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  • E Vorster
  • 03-12-16

Amazing!

Every time I read or listen to this book I enjoy it. One of my favourites.

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  • Butterfly
  • 23-02-16

A fantastic story

I loved this book. The Best Jeffrey Archer ever. Could hardly breathe as I listened to the last chapters.
And 10 out of 10 to Roger Allam.

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  • Kuviet
  • 31-10-13

Worth six stars

Cling to your earphones or car stereo! This book will keep you listening. What a story and what a narrator. While listening I gave up trying to anticipate what will happen next - I was wrong every time. Well done JA

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  • Clare
  • 27-05-08

Revolutionised the housework!

I am truly impressed! Jeffrey Archer really isn?t someone I would ever have considered listening to in the past but having seen such a high number of great reviews within days of its release and hearing such great feedback from my colleagues I got bitten by the bug and simply had to download! Ok so he?s no Tolstoy, but he had me hooked right from the off and it was wonderfully narrated.

I normally only ever listen to books when going to bed and am completely addicted so won?t even think of retiring without my iPod close at hand. That is until now.... Over the weekend facing a particularly untidy kitchen that I just couldn?t put off any longer and wanting to know what happened next in A Prisoner of Birth I decided I should try combining the 2. I never thought I?d hear myself say this but I have never enjoyed household chores so much in my life. When I?d got the kitchen looking somewhere close to respectable I actually found myself wanting to do more as I didn?t want to stop listening. I ended up cleaning parts of the kitchen I didn?t even know existed! I?ve spent a large part of today thinking about what other jobs I might tackle when I get home! My only concern now (other than the thought that I really should get out more!) is what I listen to next to keep up this momentum!

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  • Jean
  • 15-04-08

A Prisoner of Birth (Unabridged

What can i say but a real twist in the tale, very difficult to stop listening even when others wanted to talk to you. You just could not wait to switch back on.
It also shows how someone from a disadvantaged illitetate background can turn their own life around when shown another way.
Well worth a read, it is not too long as this audio book really keeps your attention and when the end does come you want to listen again to bits you have forgotten.

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  • Kirstine
  • 05-06-08

Entralling story of changing fortunes

I have to admit to a previous prejudice against Jeffrey Archer's writing quite wrongly believing that it would be poor. How wrong I was to judge by this book! He's a cracking good story-teller. Although the audio book is about 16 hours long it never flags and I couldn't wait to get back to listening to find out what happened next. There are numerous twists and turns in the story that keep one guessing, but none are implausible. The author has used his experiences of incarceration fruitfully not least by adding authenticity to the descriptions of prison life, but he has also done a lot of research into other themes that play an important part in this intriguing story, such as: stamp collecting; how Swiss banks work; and rules of evidence, as well as lesser details about railway timetables. I was reminded a bit of Frederick Forsyth who similarly does a lot of research into details that add credibility to his novels.
Last, but far from least, the reader of this audio book does a superb job in bringing the many characters vividly to life.

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  • Sue
  • 06-04-11

Enjoyable and captivating

I find with an audio book the story has to be clear and captivating to stop my brain wandering off on irrelevant thoughts! Well there was never a problem with this story. It may not be the most descriptive of prose, but it held my attention the whole time. In book form, it would be described as a 'page turner'. Highly recommended.

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  • anthonyunionjackson
  • 17-03-08

Another Ace Archer...

What a great tale - I could not stop listening to it. My only regret is that I bought the abridged version by mistake and have missed out on 10 hrs of great story telling!!!

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  • Jamie
  • 13-02-11

A Prisoner of Birth

Awesome!

I haven't read a Archer book in several years as I have been reading pretty much everything else - Connelly, Leather, Rankin, Cole, Child etc etc BUT after remembering how good 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less' was, I thought I would give him a go again. Thankfully I can say he has lost none of his skill at spinning a wicked tale that keeps you on your toes from beginning to end! The way he constructs likeable and loathsome characters is top drawer. A great yarn and it puts Mr Archer right back up near the top of my favourites list along with Lee Child, Stephen Leather and Ian Rankin, however, as I have exhausted all their books I can see many Archer books being consumed in the next few months!

Again - Awesome!

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  • Christine
  • 31-12-08

It's a great book

An excellent book and very well read by the narrator. This kept my attention from beginning to end and lives up to expectations from the Author. Top class book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-08

Fantastic

No matter what your opinion on Archer personally, he writes a cracking page turner. This kept me enthralled for hours. The reading quality was excellent as well ie paced & good command of various accents (Cockney, upper class English, Scottish etc)

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  • Nigel
  • 20-03-09

first Archer, but not my last

This was my first Archer, as I, like other reviewers, thought it would be pulp fiction. How wrong could I be? the story grips fom the start, and develops apparently endlessly, but I just wanted it to carry on. the story has layer upon layer, never bores and always entertains.

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  • Parkyerbike
  • 16-05-08

A great listen

I have never read/listened to an Archer novel and so I didn't know what to expect. How pleased I was when I started listening to this! This keeps you gripped and I find myself driving around the block on my way home from work to listen to a little more (sad eh?). I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys gripping drama.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-20

Very captivating and very hard to turn off

I have listen to all of Jeffreys's books and enjoued this most of all. It had intigue suspence and some english/ schottish humor as well.

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  • Olga Anderson
  • 18-06-18

I like this story

I like this story end unpredictable end. exciting .I recommend to my friends and family members.

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  • Joanne
  • 14-02-21

Gripping yarn

Loved this book, the narration and story kept me enthralled. The characters were very believable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-19

Loved it.

This is a great story and a very clever, modern reflection of The Count of Monte Cristo. Roger Allan brings it to life wonderfully. I wish Archer had made it as epic as Dumas paced unfolding of plotting and revenge. it seemed to be over so easily and quickly as it raced toward the ending. I would like to have had more feeling and detail given to the characters experiences rather than it being left to my imagination. Who am I to criticise a great writer though!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-19

Brilliant

Jeffrey Archer is a fantastic story teller and this book is wonderfully read. A A

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  • Rodg
  • 07-12-18

Gripping

Easy to become engrossed in the story and could not wait to hear more about the characters, enjoyed all aspects.

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  • Millet
  • 05-08-17

Inheritance doesn't always determine destiny

Well crafted story, insights into prison life interesting. Archer is a master craftsman. Wont disappoint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-17

Great read

I don't write reviews, this book is worthy of changing that. Great book and great narration. Cannot recommend highly enough. Enjoy.

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  • dean
  • 25-01-17

brilliant

Would you listen to A Prisoner of Birth again? Why?

yes as there are so many twists and turns you cant get it all first time

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Prisoner of Birth?

prison break out

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

could not put the ear phones away

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  • Noelene
  • 25-02-16

As good as always - love Jeff Archer

Great book - great story & great narrator - would recommend to all & great on a long road trip.