• Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jeffrey Archer is at his captivating best in this, his first novel, an intricate tale of deceit, dishonor, and sweet revenge. What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?

©1976 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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So so.

Not a terrible book. It's main problem is that it is dated. The revenge plots could have only worked in the 1970s and in today's information age, it is no wonder that readers not familiar with the 70s find them convoluted and improbable. Poor narration doesn't help the story either. Finally, there is a great plot twist at the end of the book but the author chooses to do absolutely nothing with it. On the plus side, the book did fill some time but that is about as enthusiastic as I can get.

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Disappointment

I have read and listened to Jeffrey Archer's books. This was slow, slow and boring. Dragged out so much that I decided to quit listening.

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THE BEST EVER

One of the few I have read multiple times. Outstanding. Excellent story, narration, plot, etc.
Highly recommend.

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Not one of Archer's Best

The basic idea of this book is good, but it just drags on a lot with a lot of details and not much that is compelling between the high spots, and I did not think the ending was so good. Archer is an excellent author, but this book just does not measure up to some of the others like "Heads you Win," or "Paths of Glory," both of which I highly recommend.

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Never read a Jeffrey Archer book I didn’t like

Clever plot as usual. Informative as to how some scams work.
I thought the character were interesting and the plot held my attention. I would recommend it to young adults to grandparents!

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The best

Best book I've listened to, and reader was supherb . the author kept me enthralled all the time. Couldn't quit listening

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Convoluted schemes and name brand dropping

I like revenge stories and had particularly enjoyed Archer's A Prisoner of Birth, but this was very disappointing. So much of it was just name brand dropping in a way that had little or nothing to do with the plot. Some of the Amazon reviews said that the plot was "unbelievable" or "too coincidental" but I expected that, since typically a revenge novel is meant to be a bit over the top. However, nobody hit on the right description: "unnecessarily convoluted;" full of complicated schemes that would make sense in a caper movie but not when you are listening to them, particularly because of the great deal of padding. Not completely awful, some fun parts, but you might want a hard copy for a skim- through beach read instead of an audible version.

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Amusingly entertaining

We listened to this book before bed and often fell asleep to it so we were constantly trying to back up to what we remembered hearing. There was always an entertaining spot although we probably missed some of the book. Nonetheless we were able figure out the plot and enjoy the talented performance. Would recommend it for a light hearted listen.

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Funny

Most of all I enjoyed the magnificent reading of John Lee. I loved the voices, the accents. Also the story was very original/genuin.

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CLASSIC!

NOT A PENNY MORE NOT A PENNY LESS BY JEFFREY ARCHER AND NARRATED BY JOHN LEE is Jeffrey Archer's first novel. In my opinion, his greatest novel.

Harvey Metcalfe is a very wealthy self made man. He is also,to put it bluntly a crook, a liar and a swindler. Harvey in the guise of Prospecta Oil has, in one of his cons, swindled four men out of a million dollars. Those four men want not only their money back but revenge. In NOT A PENNY MORE NOT A PENNY LESS, those four men plot to steal their money back . By hook or by crook they are determined!

When I first read this book many many moons ago I labeled it back then one of my favorite read and re-read books. Now that it is own audio it is even higher on my fav list. John Lee, who does the narration did a really good job with voices,with the exception of Harvey's Other than that hats off Mr.Lee!