A Prisoner of Birth

Jeffrey Archer; Read by Roger Allam

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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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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jeffrey Archer's thriller novel A Prisoner of Birth. If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson on any other day, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the prosecution witnesses happen to be a group of four upper-crust college friends—a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat, and the youngest partner in an established firm's history—who is going to believe Danny's side of the story?

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"Listen to this author interview with Jeffrey Archer, talking about his novel A Prisoner of Birth. In this legal thriller, if Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson on any other day, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. . . Learn more about the book A Prisoner of Birth at http://us.macmillan.com/aprisonerofbirth/JeffreyArcher Read more about author Jeffrey Archer at http://us.macmillan.com/author/jeffreyarcher"

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"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
 
Past praise for Jeffrey Archer:
 
“There isn’t a better story-teller alive.”—Larry King
 
“A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas...Unsurpassed skill...making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next.”—The Washington Post
 
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Archer is a master entertainer.”—Time
 
“Cunning plots, silken style...Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader.”—The New York Times
 
“A worthy successor to the still best-selling The Da Vinci Code.”—Liz Smith, New York Post, on False Impression
 
"...Roger Allam gives an award-worthy performance in this crisply paced production." - Publishers Weekly
 
"Noted actor Roger Allam brings professionalism to his narration...The interview with Archer is an interesting finish to the book and showcases audio production in a way that print copy cannot."
- Library Journal

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Jeffrey Archer; Read by Roger Allam

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords and two in Her majesty’s prisons, which spawned three volumes of highly acclaimed Prison Diaries. All of his novels and short story collections—including Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, and False Impression—have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two children and lives in London and Cambridge.

 

Roger Allam is a British actor who has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in the West End. He 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.  Roger has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. In reviewing the audiobook version of Jeffrey Archer’s Paths of Glory, Publishers Weekly declared, “Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel…. Allam's remarkable accents are the highlight of the audio book.” Roger lives in south-west London with his actress wife, Rebecca Saire, and their two young sons.

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A Prisoner of Birth
Jeffrey Archer; Read by Roger Allam

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427202840
ISBN10: 1427202842
Audio Run Time: 16:30
$22.99

Abridged Compact Disc

Abridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
March 2012
Abridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427217523
ISBN10: 1427217521
Audio Run Time: 6:00
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
March 2008
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427202833
ISBN10: 1427202834
Audio Run Time: 16:30
$44.95

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
December 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312944094
ISBN10: 0312944098
4 3/16 x 7 1/2 inches, 624 pages
$9.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
March 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429934497
ISBN10: 1429934492
512 pages
$9.99
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