A Prisoner of Birth

  • by Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by Roger Allam
  • 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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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- Jean

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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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2008
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.