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Heads You Win

Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. 

Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin....

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and 30 years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realise where his destiny lies and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is international number one best seller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

©2018 Jeffrey Archer (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Well narrated and another Archer masterpiece

I liked the narrators intonation and his voice and pronunciations made for easy listening.
For the book itself - Jeffrey Archer can do no wrong in my eyes and I again enjoyed a clever and interesting book which was obviously well researched and true to Archer’s nature never predictable and always intriguing

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Brilliant!

love the twists and turns and the suspense that made me want to keep driving and listening for hours. Highly recommended!!

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  • Yvonne
  • Little Mountain, Australia
  • 11-12-2018

Great as always.

I love Jeffrey Archer books and the narration by Richard Armitage was up to his usual standard.

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confusing. who was Sasha? that's all O thought abt

instead of enjoying the plot. a waste of time really didn't figure out Sasha character

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Not Archer’s best

Good storyline to start but then became very disjointed. Ending very predictable and disappointing. Characters not realistic.

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Archer at his best

I loved the intrigue of this book. It follows parallel lives of the same character along the theme of sliding doors.
Narrator was excellent - big thumbs up from this listener.

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  • Hugh
  • Inverell, Australia
  • 16-11-2018

Clifton Chronicles Revisited

I have to say that there are not a lot of original ideas in this story. I have been. Jeffrey Archer fan for more than 30 years. To be honest, if you have read / listened to the Clifton Chronicles this story seems like an abridged version.
If you have not read all of Archer’s previous works, this would be a great story.

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  • Prince Gaurav Karan
  • 17-11-2018

Gripping narrative. Shocking end!

As with any Jeffery Archer book, the story writing is witty and clever that it keeps you hooked despite somewhat confusing plot. Due to the uniqueness of the plot you feel like reading two novels in one. Although it's not comedy at any rate, the situational humour in the story is a pleasant bonus. And the end ....it just leaves you in a shock. Leaves you thinking about what you just read, questioning yourself if it was complete fiction or if some of it was real. You also feel somewhat cheated at the abrupt ending but the shock that the last word of the novel delivers you leaves you so curious that you easily ignore the abruptness. The shock at the end stays with you for days. And last word about the narrator, he has done amazing work, you feel like you indeed listening to the characters speaking. All in all, a very satisfying yet mystifying read!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2018

poor

expected a lot , but a pastiche of kane and able, prisoner of birth repackaged cant help feeling you have heard it before.

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  • AR
  • 07-12-2018

Wonderfully fres

The story is like a breath of fresh air, pure pleasure, on the background of well trodden history.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-11-2018

Great story. You’ll need a note book.

They’ll be much scrolling backwards and forwards in this great little story. I rewound the ‘sliding doors’ moment [not a spoiler, it’s on the cover of the book] to see what I’d missed... turns out I hadn’t and it is just a little confusing (it was googling the cover of the book that helped me understand it). This then isn’t helped by Sasha, Alex, Alexander and determining which one is which. So if you have a notebook to jot down the names (& what the nicknames are and how they appear to be interchangeable) it will be a great story! Or maybe it’s just me and everyone else will be able to follow just fine? ;-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2018

Excellent

Another well written thriller that deserves a sequel! Gripping, realistic and very believable. I must listen to it again.

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  • Amanda
  • 17-11-2018

Wonderful - as usual!

Jeffrey Archer always writes about things he has knowledge about and this is no exception, drawing from his time in politics. The characters are very real if somewhat devious in some cases, and I don't want to give anything away but the ending is not what I thought it would be, but maybe the only ending it could be.

This is the story of what happened to one person and the choice they made and how the alternative choice would have affected their life so is in fact the story of two people in parallel worlds, one in America and the other in England. It is read as superbly as it is written and grips the reader from beginning to the very end. A wonderful book again Jeffrey Archer!

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  • long playing record
  • 11-11-2018

Excellent

Fast moving, gripping book within classic archer style. You have to concentrate though as lots of characters. I did really enjoy it but did struggle at times with the two parallel story lines. Great read

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  • Mrs
  • 19-11-2018

Disapointing

I'm so disappointed. I have Listened to all of Jeffrey Archers Books and I have loved them all, til now. Without spoiling the plot, except to say you need to realise that, quite near the beginning, the story splits into two different realities, which is absolutely fine and then it all trundles along very nicely but just nicely. So you just keep waiting for the big ending, you know it will be good, it's Jeffrey Archer, of course it'll be good but NO, the ending was so incredibly weak. I felt like it was a Bobby Ewing in the shower kind of ending and I felt let down by this author who I really am a huge fan of. Maybe if it was a book by someone I'd never read or heard of I wouldn't have had such a strong reaction but it's definitely not up to Mr Archer's usual standard , by a long way.Sorry

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  • david gilmour
  • 28-11-2018

A let down

Good narrator. The same story told on two different continents. It was a disappointing ending.

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  • SMc
  • 20-11-2018

OK but lacked the old Archer substance

A few chapters in I wondered whether to rewind to establish how the single family was split 2 ways. I did but then slightly irritated, decided it was intentionally vague. I expected clarity as the plot thickened but actually it never came. I am an ardent Jeffrey Archer fan and must admit to being quite disappointed with his latest offering.

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  • kabs
  • 18-11-2018

not his best

same story as his previous books boring plots, it's just a regurgitated mix of the older books

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  • M. Bashford
  • 10-11-2018

an insight into russia

love Jeffrey archer stories keep you listening I get involved with the characters and the story is told so well you feel everything they go through an insight into Russia that makes you so glad to live here england

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  • Vivian Zems
  • 13-11-2018

Confusing

I've read Archer's books for years on end and was rather baffled by this. The parallel/alternative story lines were so confusing I was left exhausted. I still don't get the ending and I'm left thinking ' Wait..what...huh?' Sadly, I'll be requesting a refund.
if anyone out there understands the ending, please enlighten me!
ps- you might require a pen and notebook just to keep up with who is who and who is where!

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