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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark unexpected conclusions, some of these 13 stories were inspired by the two years he spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg - with unexpected consequences.

The Red King is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English Lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune.

In another tale of deception, The Commissioner, a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue, after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam.

The Perfect Murder reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi.

In Charity Begins at Home, an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires.

And then there is Archer's favorite, In the Eye of the Beholder, in which a handsome star athlete falls in love with a 300-pound woman...who happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karthik H | 2/16/2014

    " A wonderful collection of short stories and impossible to predict endings ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 2/14/2014

    " Nice collection of short stories. After the first one, I started to expect the unexpected, and was not let down by Archer. A good collection, and a good set to read, just before shut-eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/13/2014

    " Still in the process of this witty mini mysteries book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Soone | 1/28/2014

    " My rating is in actuality a 3.5 average..I just cannot justify giving this 4 stars so rounded down rather than up. 3.5 is more accurate based upon my reading, but 4 stars does not seem accurate. I love Jeffery Archer and consider him among the premier short story writers of our era. This collection however is not among his best short works that I have encountered. Don't get me wrong it is still a worthwhile read for Archer fans and short story enthusisats. The ironic thing is this collection contains 12 works, based upon prison and criminal themes. 9 of the 12 are based upon stories Archer gleaned during his own imprisonment while the other 3 are his own creations. the ironic thing is his 3 original stories were for me the least interesting of the collection. had this book contained only the 9 stories, I very well might have gone 4 stars although that would still be borderline at best. Archer is still brilliant and able to weave brilliantly detailed and descriptive scenes with both likeable and unlikeable characters in such a short stretch...but not up to the level I hold him! 01 The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office- 2.5 stars This falls somewhere between, it was OK and I liked it. A decent enough yarn about a man and wife who have a buisiness venture go south...in order to recoup their finances they debate and plot how to recoup their investment...how far would you go...how will they???? 02 Maestro- 3 stars This was a nice little spin (Pun intended) on money laundering. 03 Don't Drink The Water- 5 stars I so totally enjoyed this one! Very cool story w/ an unfaithful spouse, a jilted mate, a potential divorce, a nice estate, a unique way to deal with a problem...and of course a nice little twist thrown in as well. 04 It can't be October Already- 4 stars If not for a slightly disappointing ending, I may have gone up to 5 stars for this one. 05 The Red King- 5 stars A very cool story of theft, deception and fraud...and still smelling like a rose. A brilliant read, for those who like an intense game of chess! 06 The Wisdom of Solomon- 4 stars Now that is justice! 07 Know What I mean? - 3.5 stars This was a cool little story about a guy who keeps looking for loopholes in the law, only to abondon his family time and time again so that he can return to jail. Can he ever go straight? 08 Charity Begins at Home- 4 stars This was a very cool story. A seemingly law abiding citizen, and his female counterpart hatch a brilliant plot to hide money, not declare it on their taxes...and get away with it???? 09 The Alibi- 3 stars A very short tale...and semi enjoyable, made even moreso by it's shortness. A brilliant plan, a horrific revenge...but nothing ever goes as planned! 10 A Greek tragedy- 2 stars This is likely my least favorite in this collection...perhaps the only thing that saved it from 1 star was that it was short enough to not make me hate it forever and ever! 11 The Commissioner- 4 stars A brilliant read! Do ex-cons deserve a second chance (I know, of course they do!)? A police commissioner goes out on a limb to say that they do, then is faced with the chance to practice his preaching rather than just have it be good public relations. can this ex-con go straight...and if not how does one deal with it? 12 The Eye of the Beholder- 2 stars Again not my favorite of this collection by a long shot...this just never generated any steam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/25/2014

    " I always have a book of short stories on the go somewhere in the house ... this one was quite ecclectic ... some I loved others not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amrendra | 1/24/2014

    " good one-time read...stories get better as the book progresses! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarjeet Yadav | 1/24/2014

    " Unlike Jeff and his stories... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Koolmom84 | 1/20/2014

    " 12 stories about the lives of very different but very normal people with the usual Jeffrey Archer twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/20/2014

    " short stories that are fun reading. in a fun way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Santy | 1/19/2014

    " Tales good to ok, makes stories interesting. No wonder he ended up in jail. Like it all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting and compelling short stories, some based on inmates he spent time in prison with. The stories were quick reads, some were funny, they all were interesting. Prison may not have been the ideal circumstances for Archer, but has led to some great stories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ssmorrow | 1/4/2014

    " Wish I could say I enjoyed this, that I finished it, that I could recommend it. But, I can't. Short stories drive me nuts. I want plot and character development and that can't be done in a snippet. Depressing 'cause I hate to put a book aside unfinished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/28/2013

    " This is a very fun book of ironic short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 12/23/2013

    " Clever short stories about white collar criminals in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathie | 12/20/2013

    " Fun collection of short stories that were very entertaining especially for the fact that the author had met some of the characters while in prison himself, which added a very interesting depth to the stories. He is a wonderful writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/10/2013

    " bought this at the airport for a light, fluffy plane read. It did the trick - a quick read, but entertaining, plot-twisting stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 11/25/2013

    " I absolutely loved these short stories by Archer. He has such a way of spinning his tales. And I thought it was great that most of these were told to him when he was serving time in prison. If nothing, his time in prison aided his writing immensely! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Crane | 11/6/2013

    " If you like Archer's previous short story collections, odds are you'll like this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tang Sze Wei | 10/21/2013

    " The tales are short and nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avneet | 8/10/2013

    " Good intriguing short stories by the Master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/15/2013

    " A great collections of stories he gathered from people he was in prison with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla Mazalan | 3/17/2013

    " Great short stories by one of my favorite authors. Fast read, would be a good airplane book but bring an additional book for a long flight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 3/1/2013

    " Leuk als tussendoortje. Verschillende kortverhalen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manikanta Avinash | 12/31/2012

    " I had high expectations due to A Quiver Full Of arrows...But I didn't find the stories that engaging though it maybe due to the fact that they are real life incidents...Still readable when you are lazy... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 8/13/2012

    " The stories were entertaining and yet I had to force myself to finish the book... And it's a short book. Really it was quite painful. I liked the last story best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/14/2012

    " This is my 2nd reading of this book, and I confess I like it better this time around. intresting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/11/2011

    " Some stories were intriguing but others were just ok. Archer writes well but not all stories or characters were engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/11/2011

    " Good stories, but not my favorite from Archer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/25/2011

    " This was a nice assortment of english tales and I really enjoyed the reading style of Anton Lesser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alla | 5/4/2011

    " Some rather interesting stories about criminal affairs. Has nothing to do with cats except for the illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avneet | 5/4/2011

    " Good intriguing short stories by the Master. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 3/26/2011

    " Some stories were intriguing but others were just ok. Archer writes well but not all stories or characters were engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Torimac | 3/19/2011

    " interesting little tales about human nature. i guess they're supposed to be true stories which adds a dimension to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manpreet | 2/7/2011

    " I was thinking about giving it a 4-star rating. I gave it 3 stars only because of a few OK stories in the collection. I've always been a fan or Archer, enjoy his writing style. Specially short stories with twists and turns. This one will not disappoint anyone in most of the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kdc_star | 1/24/2011

    " This was a book of short stories (with some embelishment) that the author compiled about people he met during his time spent in prison. Well written and and very interesting, I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/22/2010

    " A series of funny to ridiculous stories about different people and their lives. A sneaky couple, a troubled business, the romantic life of a young man...the stories will make you laugh and think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brit | 12/7/2010

    " Isn't Jeffrey Archer great? Everything he writes is funny, witty, engaging and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aziemah | 11/25/2010

    " I like it, the stories were readable and smart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 11/3/2010

    " Was fine for listening to on the drive back and forth to work. A couple of nice twists, but nothing spectacular overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 10/19/2010

    " good collection of short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonio | 10/13/2010

    " It was intriguing & entertaining from the angle that these were all true stories. That's where the dilemma lies though since I have an incredibly hard time believing what comes out of this guy's mouth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/2/2010

    " Short stories - perfect for camping!! "

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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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.