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3.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 5 3.51 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781593974510
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Charles Seymour, second-born son, will never be the earl like his father, but he did inherit his mother's strength-and the will to realize his destiny...Simon Kerslake's father sacrificed everything to make sure his son's dreams come true. Now it is Simon's chance to rise as high as those dreams allow...Ray Gould was born to the back streets but raised with pride-a quality matched by a sharp intellect and the desire to attain the impossible...Andrew Fraser was raised by a soccer hero turned politician. Now it's his turn for heroics, whatever the cost.

From strangers to rivals, four men embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all-the keys to No. 10 Downing Street. Unfolding over three decades, their honor will be tested, their loyalties betrayed, and their love of family and country challenged. But in a game where there is a first among equals, only one can triumph.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Archer is a master storyteller. Time

  • One of the top ten storytellers in the world. Los Angeles Times
  • There isn't a better storyteller alive. Larry King
  • ''First Among Equals [is]read by Martin Jarvis, who switched voices so quickly that not a beat is lost in th[is]fast-moving mystery. Patriot News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaitanya Somalwar | 2/16/2014

    " Another masterpiece by the master storyteller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/11/2014

    " Inspire a trip to Parliament "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 2/10/2014

    " Loved this book when I read it for school - a great way to learn the British political system, sort of soap-opera style :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 2/7/2014

    " Never read a Jeffrey Archer book I didn't like - they're all great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adnaan The AdMan Sabireen | 2/1/2014

    " Super read. The Suspense, tensions, characters, the plot, the fast pace. All Archer's trademarks. All exemplified here. Fabulous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/29/2014

    " This was my first Jeffrey Archer book. The book was just "ok." I wouldn't choose one of his books again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/16/2014

    " brilliant, such s good writer, so well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jona | 1/13/2014

    " Loved the story. Really happy that Ray Gould was chosen. He is the most deserving among the three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this glimpse into British politics and its parliament. Archer's long experience as a MP makes this an accurate account of how the political machine operates in various parts of Britain. If you are interested in such things you will find this book informative and entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 12/18/2013

    " I read part way through this book and just could not get into the book at all. This is one of Jeffery Archer's books I just couldn't get into or enojoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/13/2013

    " I certainly learned a LOT about the British Parliament. And it was kinda fun to know this was written in 1984 and to see where the author predicted accurately and where not. I'd like to read the British version, which I gather has 4 main characters instead of 3. "

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

    " Re-read it after quite a while and while it picked up slowly, it was fun near the end though my fav guy didn't 'win' ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Parul | 11/16/2013

    " Some how I feel Jeffrey Archer's book are becoming too predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 10/31/2013

    " It's like reading the description of the most boring breakfast ever. Boring plot twists designed to keep you guessing who will end up being the PM. Very dull prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rudolfs Bitenieks | 10/31/2013

    " Even if I am not interested in politics, I must admit that the book was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 10/31/2013

    " Lots of information about Britain's Parliament. None of the three main characters were appealing to me so it was kinda hard to really get into the book. Also with all of the close votes it reminded me of Sons of Fortune. Probably shouldn't have read those books back to back. 2 1/2 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue Boyd | 10/25/2013

    " Read for book club...not my normal type of book or author to read. But was ok and kinda predictable. (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Grant | 9/30/2013

    " Pretty good one here. Takes the reader inside the world of British politics and the inner workings of the parliment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/30/2013

    " Most boring book I have ever read but I plan on finishing it. If I can "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/26/2013

    " Not my usual choice in stories (it was a sale book at B&N). I eventually got into the intrigue amongst the politicians along with the family storylines. Turned out to be a good read even though it was heavily political. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farhaan Uddin Ahmed | 5/30/2013

    " One of the greatest inspirational books.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Oshin Sunkaria | 11/29/2012

    " Should only be read by those who have an interest in politics "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajat | 11/23/2012

    " The book is only recommended if you are interested in politics. This one had a lot of characters that makes it a tough read too. The novel is subtle and intriguing till the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/29/2012

    " Quick and fun and satisfyingly catty read about fictional personalities in the British parliament. The dude may be a criminal, but he is not without talents! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2012

    " Well written, but would have been easier to follow the nuances with a deeper understa,ding of british politics. Interesting to see that political ambition is very similar regardless of the system, however! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie Leiner | 12/1/2011

    " I learned a great deal about the English parliamentary system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth G | 8/23/2011

    " I liked this book for the most part, but I did find it difficult to understand the British political system. I also found the book to be about 100 pages too long. It really held my interest for the majority of the book, but once I got to the last 100 pages, I was ready for it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 6/2/2011

    " This book I read it many years ago however will read it again if I can ever find a copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 4/27/2011

    " It had me with the title and didn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 4/13/2011

    " This is a complex story about 4 young men who via for the title of British Prime Minister. It takes a master to weave so many stories together into one coherent novel. Again, the ending will surprise most readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nupur | 3/2/2011

    " best political novel and best work of Archer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/21/2011

    " This is a definitely Holiday Reading book, but the story is plausible. I preferred the book to the TV adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gargi | 1/13/2011

    " the plot is a little dragging.however, archer knows how to keep you interested.
    -love gargi
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/11/2011

    " Everything Archer writes is wonderful. This is among the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ancie | 11/20/2010

    " Sort of complicated, from my point of view, cos it talks too much of American politics. But I will finish reading it someday! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 11/1/2010

    " Lots of information about Britain's Parliament. None of the three main characters were appealing to me so it was kinda hard to really get into the book. Also with all of the close votes it reminded me of Sons of Fortune. Probably shouldn't have read those books back to back. 2 1/2 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summi | 6/17/2010

    " A good insight into the world of Britishpolitics n the working of the parliament......albeit fictional... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/15/2010

    " I certainly learned a LOT about the British Parliament. And it was kinda fun to know this was written in 1984 and to see where the author predicted accurately and where not. I'd like to read the British version, which I gather has 4 main characters instead of 3. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 4/7/2010

    " I have enjoyed most of Archer's books, finding them not only interesting but informative and entertaining. This is a clear exception. The book was tedious and boring with only momentary and fleeting episodes of interest or intrique. Overall, it was disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 samwan | 3/17/2010

    " Story-telling at its best...as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adnaan The AdMan | 12/29/2009

    " Super read. The Suspense, tensions, characters, the plot, the fast pace. All Archer's trademarks. All exemplified here. Fabulous. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 250 million copies in ninety-seven countries and more than thirty-seven languages. He is the only author ever to have written a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories, and nonfiction. He is married to Dame Mary Archer, DBE, and they have two sons. He and his family divide their time between London and Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.