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  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,037 ratings)

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As the Crow Flies

By: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: John Lee
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Summary

As the Crow Flies is an epic rags to riches tale from Jeffrey Archer, author of the bestselling The Clifton Chronicles.

If your dream is big enough, not even your enemies can stop you . . .

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps – his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'.

Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies. But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

©1991 Jeffrey Archer (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Surprisingly gripping....

Only 2nd Mr Archer book listened too, very impressed so far. This one could be a mini series, it all sounds dull, barrow boy does good, but it is a blinking good book, would recommend it.

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classic archer

Well narrated good j archer story with enough twists to keep you wondering the outcome. well worth the listen

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Takes me back

I have read Jeffrey archer several times but I think that this story is the best yet

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Cor blimey, what a great book!

Why did this have to end? Such a good story, great characters and twists and turns.
If you like LONDON or the east end, you will love this story from rags to riches and heartache and pain in between
Highly recommended

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great stuff

a good book to listen when driving just keeps going and you never get bored

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I couldn't stop listening!!

I have never read or listened to a Jeffery Archer book before, not thinking I'd enjoy them. How wrong could a person be! The characters came to life as I knew they would with the enigmatic voice of John Lee. He is a master of story telling. The twists and turns of the storyline had me hooked. It was easy to listen to. Even though I knew the good guy would come out on top in the end, I listened with great enthusiasm as the story developed. Archer has now become a writer I'd like to explore further. An excellent book for a holiday read or when people just give you a few hours to sit, relax and listen👍

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Very entertaining

Would you listen to As the Crow Flies again? Why?

Yes in a short while as it whiles away the long hours travelling

What other book might you compare As the Crow Flies to, and why?

Clifton Chronicles in a shortened version. Similar plot lines.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

Daphne

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Excellent Storytelling!

Another top quality title from Mr Archer. Easy reading with enough of a plot to easily keep one's attention. John Lee exerts a real understanding of the characters and his accents are top notch.....a rarity in my opinion!

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Sweet Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a typical Archer story line. If you like Archer you will love this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of As the Crow Flies?

The ending is perfect. It is structured like most of Archer's novels. The storyline does overlap a little with a storyline from the Clifton chronicles which at first disappoints but the narrative does recover.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Again the ending.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Heart Warming.

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As the Crow Flies

A great book and well worth the listen. I thought I had guessed the ending, but wasn’t 100% right.

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