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A Prisoner of Birth

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,099 Ratings  ·  1,696 Reviews
International bestseller and master storyteller Jeffrey Archer is at the very top of his game in this story of fate and fortune, redemption and revenge.
If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a
Hardcover, 501 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Charlie I imagine the influence of his sister Sarah and also Davenport felt guilty about what happened; whereas Spencer and Gerald didn't...
Somantika My feeling is that the four were acting on impulse after feeling provoked (something that they themselves instigated). They were inebriated and…moreMy feeling is that the four were acting on impulse after feeling provoked (something that they themselves instigated). They were inebriated and consequently not in their senses. If you are asking why "Bernie and not Danny" then probably Craig came face to face with Bernie and attacked whoever came closest. I didn't think that all four proceeded with an intention of murder, things just led to it (as often happens) and Craig was the only one who used the knife.(less)
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Carol Ann
Mar 08, 2008 Carol Ann rated it it was amazing
Wow! I felt like a 13 year old reading the final installment of Harry Potter. Other than bathroom breaks and a quick dinner, I did not put this book down. Jeffrey Archer is a master with characters, twists and storys within storys. I am going to write a novel like this as soon as I can!

K.D. Absolutely
Jul 09, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
In an interview included in my edition of this book, James Archer (born 1940) said that this novel is a contemporary retelling of Alexander Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo. Since I have not read yet the said classic book, I checked its synopsis in Wikipedia. It seems that Archer did a good job by using the plot but making it current by putting his personal touch on it.

Among the different literary genres, I must admit that suspense thriller and romance are my least favorites. I love reading read
Sep 29, 2008 Namratha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a friend very rightly put it…’A Prisoner of Birth’ has all the makings of a Bollywood Masala Movie.

Danny Cartwright, a humble East-End mechanic has just proposed to his childhood sweet heart Beth. He decides to celebrate by treating his fiancée and best-friend Bernie Wilson (who also happens to be Beth’s brother) at an upmarket bar ‘The Dunlop Arms’. Also present at the bar, are a drunken party of four men, who started passing lewd comments at Beth and raise Bernie’s ire. Despite Danny’s prot
Christine Blachford
My father lent me this book, and I hadn’t even realised Jeffrey Archer was writing again. I previously read his Kane & Abel series which were really good, but that was quite a long time ago, and I struggle to remember things that far back!

Both my parents had read this, and both told me it was essentially unputdownable. My mother read it in both condensed and then full length format. I was expecting great things. I wasn’t disappointed.

It really is a page turner, and yet at the same time there
Tariq Alferis
Jun 25, 2014 Tariq Alferis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
.كل يوم نكتشف ان عالم الكتب كبير جدا ، حتي لو كنت تعتقد انه عندك فكرة عن كاتب الأروع ..وانه مش حايجي حد ممكن ينافس حد في مكان ثاني "تبقي عبيط واقرع وزمباوي كمان "
جيفري ارتشر الكاتب الي سمعت بيه من اسبوع مع انه كنت متفرج علي فيلم المقتبس من رواية الأفضل
"الإخوة الأعداء "

هذه القصة داني كارترايت الذي كان في المكان الخطآ والوقت الخطآ ونتهي بيه المطاف في السجن لجريمة لم يرتكبها ، كما تستمر القصة حتي يصبح صديقا لزملائه في الزنزانته الذين يعتقدون انه فعلا برئ ، بعد ان قتل احد زملائه في الزنزانة ،
May 01, 2015 Luffy rated it did not like it
This is the most well written book to which I've given a 1. It's also the first one star rating I've given to Jeffrey Archer. If you searched the words 'go to' in my dictionary, you'll find a picture of Archer. That's no longer true. More than the first half of the book had some merit, but it was only about build up, promise, and expectation. All three undercut, broken, and betrayed, respectively. If a restaurant makes you wait for so long that you're not faint of hunger but bored, impatient, a ...more
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الرائع جيفري أرتشر في احد كتبة الاربعه المترجمة للعربيه
أكثر ما يتمكن منة الكاتب هو قدرتة علي الحكي و نسج التفاصيل الصغيرة الكثيرة ليترك لك لغز هنا و موقف صادم هناك و صدفة تغير مجري الاحداث في جزء آخر
يتشابة بالفعل احد اعمده الروايه الرئيسية مع رائعه الكسندر دوماس الكونت دي مونت كريستو الا ان سجين بالميلاد تكاد تكون النسخة المحدثة منها في عالم اليوم لكن هذا لا يقلل علي الاطلاق من متعه الروايه
يعرف جيفري ارتشر كيف يجعلك ملتصقا بمقعدك و تواصل القراءه و يعرف كيف يجعلك تنتهي من قراءه ما كتب في اقل و
May 27, 2008 Nagesh rated it liked it
Well its hard to meet the readers' expectations if your first few books are "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less", "Kane and Abel" & "As the Crow Flies".

I felt that though the plot is not something that would make one say ... wow! now that's a new one.

Its a slight parallel of the first book mentioned above from his early days as well as "The Count of Monte Cristo" (As Archer himself agrees in many of his interviews)

What I liked most is the pace at which the story runs. Probably that is why it
غزل أدم
Jan 24, 2016 غزل أدم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ليس هناك روائى أفضل منه بين كتاب القصة فى زماننا هذا
هذا ما قاله لارى كينغ عن جيفرى آرتشر

فعلى الرغم من تقليدية موضوع الرواية إلا أن جيفرى آرتشر حكاك على قدر كبير من التميز فمعه لا تشعر بالملل بل المتعة تماماً مثل شعورك عند مشاهدة فيلم أبيض وأسود فعلى الرغم من معرفتك للأحداث الفيلم وقصته فإن ذلك لا يمنعك من الشعور بالمتعة عند مشاهدته
Jun 24, 2010 Carie rated it liked it
A (loosely based) modern day retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo.

This story was fun but I didn't think it was particularly well written and the story was too long.

Raven and Beez
Aug 26, 2013 Raven and Beez rated it it was amazing
Read on blog!!


It is a great book with absolutely no place for errors. A plot that makes you go 'ooh!' and 'aah!' A must read book for those who prefer crime-mystery novels and for the people out there who think it's boring to read about the court proceedings, trust me this book will make you want to learn the law.

Alex Redmayne was my favourite side character because he is a lawyer and I have always had a liking for lawyers who are smart, handsome and prefer to do anything to help prevail justice
Sep 24, 2009 Tony rated it liked it
Jeffrey Archer- A Prisoner of Birth (St. Martin’s Press 2008) 3.5 Stars

Danny Cartwright just proposed to Beth Wilson, his pregnant girlfriend, and life seemed so perfect. Suddenly though he finds himself arrested and charged for a murder he did not commit. When four well-respected witnesses testify against him, one of whom is actually guilty, he is sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. The four think that they have gotten away with it, but they underestimated Danny and Beth’s determination an
A modern parallel to, The Count of Monte Cristo, done in a much shorter timeline. Jeffrey Archer did a great job of creating a story line that was interesting and characters that were compelling. I enjoyed the writing and the drama very much, it was suspenseful even though predictable. If you have read, The Count of Monte Cristo, this book has enough creative twists to keep it engrossing, if not, your going to love every oscillating turn.
Jan 15, 2013 Zulfiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally decided to give four stars only because the justice and the fairness play such an important part of the novel. The legal discourse is superb, and the presentation of the life in prison seems plausible, and most importantly, it is a novel with a very significant literary reminiscence.

It is definitely a book written by a Conservative, and as a liberal, you constantly pick up the clues and the messages that go against your convictions. But (I hate the conjunction at the beginning of the
Feb 28, 2010 Reema rated it it was amazing
This was such a well written suspense/thriller . It's weaned me off my fantasy series books; it was such a good read.

The plot and characters were so well developed. It had so many twists and turns. It was a little predictable in that it's a modern day version of The Count of Monte Cristo , but it was done in such an interesting way I didn't mind. And it's even better than the original classic, if that's possible.

I don't say that lightly at all because I'm the type that believes the original
Oct 18, 2011 Eman. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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يوقعنيّ جيفري آرتشر تحت إغواء القراءة .. !
أتخيّل كثيرًا كيف لا يمكن أن تكون هذه الرواية واقعية ..!

رائعة ، ومحبوكة ، وله طريقة في السرد آخاذة ..
لجيفري طريقة تجعل من كلمة واحدة فقط قادرة على تغيير مجرى أحداث كاملة ..
لا أعرف بالضبط كيف يمكنه فعل ذلك ، سوا أنني أشعر أنه عندما يبدأ برواية ، يشدني نحو الأحداث ..

أما عن الرواية فهي ترويّ عن الشاب " داني " الذي يتم أتهامه زورًا وبهتانًا بقتل
صديق طفولته " بيرني " و شقيق خطيبته " بيث " ، ويتم سجنه ظلمًا لمدة عشرون عامًا ..
لكنه يجد طريقة في الهروب ، وكما
مصطفي سليمان
الرجل دا اسطوري بكل ما تحمله الكلمة معاني
يقدر يثبتك
قدام اي رواية ليه
مهما كانت عدد الصفحات
ومهما كانت الفكرة

هنا معالجة كبيرة لقصة
The Count of Monte Cristo

بشكل جديد وساحر تخليك بتقلب الصفحات بشكل هيستري
مع انك عارف ايه اللي هيحصل
بس جيفري ارتشر هذا الساحر الرائع بالكلمات
انك تستني وقت ما يحب
وتكتم انفاسك
وتتعاطف مع مين
وتكره مين

رواية اخري ساحرة لساحر عظيم
ينصح بها فورا

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Benjamin Thomas
Oct 06, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Having read most of Jeffrey Archer’s work, I would rank this novel among his top-tier. That’s pretty good considering he is the author of As the Crow Flies and Kane and Abel, both among my all-time favorite novels.

As others have said, (and in fact, the author himself), this novel is a loose re-imagining of Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo, brought forward into modern day England. Novels of false imprisonment and subsequent revenge on the conspirators are always compared to Dumas’ mast
Jan 28, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
This was an interesting story that pulled heavily from The Count of Monte Cristo. Still, it was entertaining, even if it wasn't an edge of your seat thriller.
Apr 17, 2009 Kent rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Archer for quite some time now. My favorites have included Kane & Abel, Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less, As the Crow Flies, and his prison diaries. This is his second novel since being released from prison, having served two years for perjury. I found those journals fascinating, as I did with this book.

The premise of the book is: Danny Cartwright is convicted of murdering his best friend, who also happens to be his soon-to-be brother-in-law. Even though his fiance was th
Apr 17, 2009 Sherrie rated it liked it
This book was definitely a page turner, and really interesting plot, but there were just some things that bugged me. Maybe I'm just a cynic, but it's seemed awful convenient to have Danny's cell mate become him best friend, and happened to look exactly like him, to the point that his family wouldn't even be able to tell the difference.
And I thought it was a little trailer trashy that the girlfriend was 6 months pregnant at his first trial, then after a 4 day rendevous, ends up 6 months pregnant
May 01, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
I enjoy Jeffrey Archer books so much, including this one. This was a modern 'Count of Monte Cristo' which I loved. Jeffrey Archer can weave a great story. I'm always pulled in to the twists and turns. He also creates rich characters that also lead me along.

I liked the MC in this one. I also liked the antagonists in this one. He built them up so much. I was eager with anticipation to see how hard they would fall. The suspense was great.

Some of the elements were a little far-fetched and some of t
Jun 20, 2012 Drashya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Its the first and only Jeffrey Archer I read. I thought of him to be a great and blockbuster writer owing to his extreme fan-following, but I must say the book both in plot and in writing disappointed me.

The plot, though interesting, is too ideal and unrealistic. Most of what happens with the hero (for I don't remember his name now) need huge amount of luck and excellent fate to execute. Plus, I found the writing weak too. The characters were great though and memorable too.

I wish this is one of
Don Ariff
Mar 25, 2011 Don Ariff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Don by: Lolliepop
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Words cannot describe the brilliance of the author of this book! Although there were quite an undercurrent adaptations from the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Jeffrey Archer made it irrefutably one of the most brilliant legal thriller I've ever read!

This book, being a recommendation by a dear friend of mine had really shown me the standard of what she would expect from a book. I would like to thank her for recommending this absolutely stunning work of art. Beautifully phrased and wit
Jul 21, 2016 Mick added it
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Okay, I finally gave up. There were a few reasons why:

Writing out the dialogue in the way a person with an accent sounds usually doesn't bother me, but when I can't figure out the meaning, no matter how many times I re-read it, it's tiresome, and makes for a very boring reading experience. Strike one.

The writing itself is uninteresting, despite a decent story. That is, until...

This book is written in what I'd consider modern time (cell phones, computers, etc), yet with the changing of a single s
Vaiibhav Nigam
Feb 27, 2015 Vaiibhav Nigam rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jeffrey Archer is a world famous author, with more than 20 bestsellers to his name. If you are a big Archer fan, youre gonna love this book, and even if you aren't, you'll love it anyway. The style archer adopts in this book is mindblowing. The plot is paced well and always keeps the user interested.

Most of the story takes place in England. Surprisingly Danny finds a lot of God guys in prison. So many good guys in prison now a days is novelty.

The story is spicy and written without complicating i
Dec 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
Whatever your opinions are of Jeffrey Archer the man it is difficult to deny that he is an excellent storyteller. A very good read.
Lavanya Ananth
Oct 11, 2015 Lavanya Ananth rated it really liked it
Sad to say this was my first Jeffrey Archer, but it won't be the last.
August Rex
Dec 01, 2015 August Rex rated it it was amazing
Archer... you've done it. You've re-written the Count of Monte Cristo (one of my favorite books by the way) into modern era with a few fun twists added. This is an adult thinking book, with life concepts and ideas. If you're used to reading slush like Twilight you probably won't like it (or understand it) but the author does a brilliant job with words to create life inside a prison and what it's like for the man who is wrongly accused.
If you really want to have a good time, get the audiobook ver
Jan 27, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure about this book to start off with. I'm not quite sure why: maybe because I've so thoroughly enjoyed all of Archer's other books I had such high expectations that I felt a built let down by quite an unsurprising beginning. It as pretty standard without any real twists and unexpected situations. Though I did learn that if a jury cannot reach a decision the judge can ask if they can reach a 10/2 majority.

It must have been about halfway that this book hit its stride. The story got goin
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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“I have discovered with advancing years that few things are entirely black or white, but more often different shades of grey.” 153 likes
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