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Heads You Win

Written by: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. 

Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin....

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and 30 years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realise where his destiny lies and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is international number one best seller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

©2018 Jeffrey Archer (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Great story build up

Loved it. Great narration. Interesting story build as always by the author. It is properly stitched between two lives which are parallely lived which was just separated by a flip of a coin. At the end when the two lives again cross each other with a great expectation.

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captivating

loved it. it just grips you. the way it's narrated is beautiful. must read all.

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Disappointed

Boring and waste of time. Nothing new if you have read any of his previous Novels. I used to be a big fan of Jeffery Archer but unfortunately he has lost imagination. Just another similar story.

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loved it

The story was impeccable as is expected of archer.
But it was the narrator who truly breathed life into it.

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Spoiler Alert

Story is fine and entertaining some part but ending is worst then Game of Thrones final season.

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thriller!

Worth going through details, beautifully narrated by everyone. Will remain in my mind for some time now on.

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ending is brilliant

couldn't wrap my head around it for a while and then it settled . amazing narration, would have easily enjoyed thousand more pages !!

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The title is the key

Good read. The most memorable moments are the escapes from Russia. The second escape by Alex from Russia on his second visit was humourous.

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Gripping.

Narrator was amazing,. expressions were perfect. Use of voices & change of tone done wonderfully.
Story seems complex. Characters were painted real like.
Politics made it confusing.

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Fantastic

It A and there is nothing more to say.strong characters unexpected plot twist and an end no one would expect are all hallmark

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  • Prince Gaurav Karan
  • 17-11-18

Gripping narrative. Shocking end!

As with any Jeffery Archer book, the story writing is witty and clever that it keeps you hooked despite somewhat confusing plot. Due to the uniqueness of the plot you feel like reading two novels in one. Although it's not comedy at any rate, the situational humour in the story is a pleasant bonus. And the end ....it just leaves you in a shock. Leaves you thinking about what you just read, questioning yourself if it was complete fiction or if some of it was real. You also feel somewhat cheated at the abrupt ending but the shock that the last word of the novel delivers you leaves you so curious that you easily ignore the abruptness. The shock at the end stays with you for days. And last word about the narrator, he has done amazing work, you feel like you indeed listening to the characters speaking. All in all, a very satisfying yet mystifying read!!!!

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  • Penny Lambert
  • 06-07-19

ONLY 4 🌟 !!! NO Ending!!!

Great Story, Great Narration, Well Written!!
But, OMG! Jeffrey Archer what were you thinking 💭??? There is NO ENDING!!!

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  • MAJ Gorfin
  • 12-05-19

confusing

whilst I love the usual Jeffery archer books I found this highly confusing and hard to listen to probably better in a paperback. its plot about two exiles was quite clever but you really had to concentrate on the different plots

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  • Elzannevdw
  • 29-03-19

Frustrating

Had me gripped all the way through... and then the ending... how absolutely frustrating to be left with no hint of an explanation

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  • Priya S
  • 24-02-19

Amazing beyond words!

A book that’s confusing in the beginning to say the least, and then becomes so gripping as the reader accepts that there are two parallel lives being lived, realising fully that one of them isn’t real, finding it difficult to decide which one, and then comes the slap on the face when one hears the last sentence!!!

Awesome story, great narration! Jeffrey Archer’s fans cannot ask for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-18

poor

expected a lot , but a pastiche of kane and able, prisoner of birth repackaged cant help feeling you have heard it before.

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  • AR
  • 07-12-18

Wonderfully fres

The story is like a breath of fresh air, pure pleasure, on the background of well trodden history.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-18

Excellent

Another well written thriller that deserves a sequel! Gripping, realistic and very believable. I must listen to it again.

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  • Mrs. K. Sowden
  • 30-11-18

Ridiculous story beautifully read

The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because of Richard Armitage's performance which was flawless. The story itself starts off well but soon deteriorates. It's so far fetched as to be idiotic and the last great "reveal" was blindingly obvious almost from the beginning. The story flows poorly with great jumps, underdeveloped stories and characters. Mostly it was ok and filled the time but the ending was truly rubbish.

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  • Mrs
  • 19-11-18

Disapointing

I'm so disappointed. I have Listened to all of Jeffrey Archers Books and I have loved them all, til now. Without spoiling the plot, except to say you need to realise that, quite near the beginning, the story splits into two different realities, which is absolutely fine and then it all trundles along very nicely but just nicely. So you just keep waiting for the big ending, you know it will be good, it's Jeffrey Archer, of course it'll be good but NO, the ending was so incredibly weak. I felt like it was a Bobby Ewing in the shower kind of ending and I felt let down by this author who I really am a huge fan of. Maybe if it was a book by someone I'd never read or heard of I wouldn't have had such a strong reaction but it's definitely not up to Mr Archer's usual standard , by a long way.Sorry

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  • Sarah
  • 10-11-18

Great story. You’ll need a note book.

They’ll be much scrolling backwards and forwards in this great little story. I rewound the ‘sliding doors’ moment [not a spoiler, it’s on the cover of the book] to see what I’d missed... turns out I hadn’t and it is just a little confusing (it was googling the cover of the book that helped me understand it). This then isn’t helped by Sasha, Alex, Alexander and determining which one is which. So if you have a notebook to jot down the names (& what the nicknames are and how they appear to be interchangeable) it will be a great story! Or maybe it’s just me and everyone else will be able to follow just fine? ;-)

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  • kabs
  • 18-11-18

not his best

same story as his previous books boring plots, it's just a regurgitated mix of the older books

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  • Amanda
  • 17-11-18

Wonderful - as usual!

Jeffrey Archer always writes about things he has knowledge about and this is no exception, drawing from his time in politics. The characters are very real if somewhat devious in some cases, and I don't want to give anything away but the ending is not what I thought it would be, but maybe the only ending it could be.

This is the story of what happened to one person and the choice they made and how the alternative choice would have affected their life so is in fact the story of two people in parallel worlds, one in America and the other in England. It is read as superbly as it is written and grips the reader from beginning to the very end. A wonderful book again Jeffrey Archer!

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  • long playing record
  • 11-11-18

Excellent

Fast moving, gripping book within classic archer style. You have to concentrate though as lots of characters. I did really enjoy it but did struggle at times with the two parallel story lines. Great read

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  • I. D. Hall-white
  • 11-12-18

Tails - Archer looses

In my humble opinion ... the book is not up to Archer's standard. shades of situations I seem to have seen before. Not really bad but certainly not as good as his previous books.

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  • Jade-Marie Wilding
  • 23-11-18

Very Jeffrey

So it's very JF! same old base line including a bank a rise in politics. A good sliding doors concept but not really followed through. A strange ending that didn't really combine or tie up loose ends.

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  • SMc
  • 20-11-18

OK but lacked the old Archer substance

A few chapters in I wondered whether to rewind to establish how the single family was split 2 ways. I did but then slightly irritated, decided it was intentionally vague. I expected clarity as the plot thickened but actually it never came. I am an ardent Jeffrey Archer fan and must admit to being quite disappointed with his latest offering.

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  • Hugh
  • 16-11-18

Clifton Chronicles Revisited

I have to say that there are not a lot of original ideas in this story. I have been. Jeffrey Archer fan for more than 30 years. To be honest, if you have read / listened to the Clifton Chronicles this story seems like an abridged version.
If you have not read all of Archer’s previous works, this would be a great story.

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  • rosemary mitchell
  • 26-04-19

Same old same old

Rags to riches, again. Can Jeffrey archer write a different theme? Same old characters, same old story.

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  • Eachan Harrison
  • 03-09-19

Well performed but the story was a bit confusing!

Richard Armitage did an excellent job but I don't think it's Jeffrey Archer's best work!

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  • carole martin
  • 01-09-19

Fantastic

Thoroughly enjoyed and I did enjoy the story and the reade so can recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

Twists and turns.

Amazing twists and turns. Fascinating story. Loved they way the story takes you through life in St Petersburg, New York and London. A great read/ listen

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  • book lover
  • 10-07-19

Another great story

I loved this book. I especially liked how Jeffrey brought in characters from other books. The twist at the end was great.

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  • Jai
  • 19-04-19

great until...

I lived it until the final chapter. Now I sit here having absolutely no idea how I feel.

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  • H. Anthony
  • 01-04-19

Couldn't put it down!

Just wanted to keep listening, hated having to stop to go in to a meeting, or go in to a meal. Thoroughly enjoyed this book,so good to have Jeffrey Archer back in the saddle again!!

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  • Kaushik
  • 18-03-19

nice read<br />

interesting plot. loved the switch back and forth between the two persona.
loved the narration

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  • Alison
  • 01-02-19

Confusing end

I kept replaying it to understand. But overall a good listen with some fun twists.