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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: March 2008 ISBN: 9781427202840
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srikanth R | 1/20/2014

    " Very good book. Started brilliantly and slowed down a bit in the middle, but that was required for the build up of a decent finish. Description of trail room scenes were brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/11/2014

    " Nowhere near Archer's best work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kitabi Keeda | 1/6/2014

    " It is CRAP -- ARCHER HAS LOST HIS MOJO -- I am having problem finishing it but my loyalty to the author is making me read it slowly like i am a prisoner to the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 12/18/2013

    " very, very, very time consuming plot, but most entertaining. Goes into great detail re. the British court system and prison. Nice ending too.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Oberheim | 12/11/2013

    " Loved this book, just a good read and typical Jeffrey Archer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 12/7/2013

    " Althought there are parts of the story that are far-fetched it is a real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/28/2013

    " Very well written and great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zimmerman5678 | 11/22/2013

    " The last Jeffrey Archer book I read was Kane and Abel, so it was fun to revisit this author. The author describes this book as a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. The book is about a man who is unjustly accussed of a murder, and his pursuit of justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Halloran | 10/31/2013

    " This is a nice action, legal drama. It is a bit predictable and certainly long (over 600 pages), but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwin Chirayath | 8/26/2013

    " It is a really amazing book. I would say one of the best by Jeffrey Archer. Kane and Abel did not impress me to the extent of the fame it got, but this one really blew me away! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 8/12/2013

    " Great Read. A page turner for me. 9 of 10 on rod scale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 7/22/2013

    " A modern spin on The Count of Monte Cristo. Great story. Even though you have an idea where it is going, the ride is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muhanna | 3/26/2013

    " Amazing book it is first book i redid... Rely i like Jeffrey archer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Layman | 2/12/2013

    " Another great book by Jeffrey Archer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 1/28/2013

    " a very guilty pleasure. Archer can surely write terrific page turners that don't really leave you with much except a good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/23/2012

    " Great story of revenge, Author back to form after disappointing previous effort in False Impression. Great Read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azu Silva | 10/6/2012

    " Modern Count of Monte Cristo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chirag Goradia | 5/23/2012

    " Story straight from a Bollywood Movie.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/12/2012

    " This is one of my favourite books. I was engrossed every step of the way and couldn't wait for the end! Highly recommended "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samuel | 1/24/2012

    " Not worth unless you dont have anything else to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Presley | 12/25/2011

    " I cannot recommend this book enough. I couldn't put it down, and the last quarter of the book I was jumping around the room cheering and laughing. Highly, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Rhea | 9/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. Some good ole'fashioned revenge mixed with wit and cunning on both sides. Topped off with court drama, mistaken identity, and just enough money to make you think it could happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/9/2011

    " I really love Archer's work and wasn't disappointed in this book. I love the premise - redemption and the references to the Count of Monte Cristo. Archer's books are always engaging and although not his typical style I'd love to have a follow up to this one and hear more about Beth and Danny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 5/21/2011

    " An excellent story written by a man who has had first hand experience in the story he wrote. Hard to put down this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 5/14/2011

    " Very well done. Kept me interested to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hamzeh | 5/10/2011

    " Amazing book!!! I really was hooked onto every page! He really is the John Grisham of England. Amazing..just simply amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Very Good. It had me not wanting to get out of the car. The Count of Monte Cristo storyline with an innocent man getting sent to prison, escaping and having his revenge on the men who put him there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/2/2011

    " Not bad, my first Jeffrey Archer, a bit slow at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/1/2011

    " masterfull plotting, excellent charachters,engrossing read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 4/20/2011

    " an updated version of the Count of Monte Cristo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/15/2011

    " An entertaining and suspenseful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/10/2011

    " The best novel I've read in years! I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kumar | 4/2/2011

    " a modern retelling of "count of monte cristo". But still i enjoyed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It definitely picked up in the end. The story was very reminiscent of The Count of Monte Cristo but it was pulled off very differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Satya | 3/30/2011

    " Read this book to understand why Archer is the master story teller. It was an epic. I loved the central character of this book - He shows that in life, you are known by the company you keep .... I would strongly recommend this book. Have read it 3 times within a year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 3/23/2011

    " Started on the slow side but it got better as it went on. I liked the characters and the view of the British legal system which remain rather unclear to me. I felt it was worth the time. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and twenty-two years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Only Time Will Tell, and Kane and Abel—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
About the Narrator

Roger Allam played Javert in the original London production of Les Misérables and Falstaff in the Shakespeare’s Globe 2010 production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He has been nominated four times for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, winning twice, and he has also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. His film work includes roles in The Queen, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Tamara Drewe, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the television series The Thick of It. He has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. Roger lives in southwest London with his wife, actress Rebecca Saire, and their two young sons.