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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Roger Allam Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fianceé up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen’s Counsel of his generation.


A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two 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 straight up. All the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.Thus begins Jeffrey Archer’s poignant novel of deception, hatred and vengeance, in which only one of them can finally triumph while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail. But which one will triumph? 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Roger Allam pumps this story up considerably by enhancing each character with engrossing vocal interpretations. He does a terrific job subtly morphing Danny's East-End accent into an upper-crust West-End one.... Every character in the story draws you in but there's a old Scottish lawyer and a venerable British defense barrister that'll have you cheering. Both are superb combinations of what Archer has put on paper and narrator Allam has brought to them vocally.... A sensational revenge story heightened by superb narration. You might find yourself sitting in a parked car finishing off a chapter. Tom Alderman, The Huffington Post

  • ...Roger Allam gives an award-worthy performance in this crisply paced production. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • There's no better person to narrate this 21st-century adventure than Roger Allam…Allam narrates the multiple layers and numerous characters of this complex plot with alacrity. His reading, together with the story's ending, will leave listeners fulfilled. AudioFile

  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2009
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anshuman Sanghvi | 2/17/2014

    " Its a typical jeffrey archer novel wid delicious twist in the end and yes it is inspired from dante's revenge. a really good easy read... especially after one has read heavy stuff like umberto eco. i liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/14/2014

    " This book was a great audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellen Yoho | 2/13/2014

    " easy read -good vacation book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mirah W | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book...I didn't want to put it down and if it wasn't for pesky things like eating and sleeping, I would have read it in one sitting! I liked the parallels with Count of Monte Cristo...I read that recently and was able to understand the comparisons. I loved the main characters...Nick, Danny, Al, Munro, Alex...they were all well-developed and I wanted Archer's hero to win in the end. The courtroom scenes were well done. I think the plot has some of the themes that make novels great...love, friendship, revenge, and redemption. "

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