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Lubji Hoch escapes from the Nazis, moves to Berlin and changes his name to Richard Armitage. After a successful career in the British Army, he takes over a struggling newspaper and with unrivalled ruthlessness begins building his media empire.

Meanwhile, Keith Townsend, the son of a millionaire and Oxford educated, returns to Australia from London to take over his father's newspaper with similar ambitions.

As both men move their quest for power to the world stage, they realise they are more than a match for one another's brilliance and ambition. Their rivalry leads them to the brink of financial ruin and finally to the ultimate showdown where one will become the world’s most powerful man, and the other will succumb to tragedy.

Based on the rivalry between media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell, this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller full of status, corruption and deceit will captivate fans of Archer's blockbuster Kane and Abel.

The Fourth Estate is narrated by Jonathan Aris, a British television, film and theatre actor. He has appeared in Sherlock, the Night Manager alongside Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and played the angelic quartermaster in Good Omens.

Jeffrey Archer is a bestselling British author and former politician. He was educated at Oxford and went on to become a Member of Parliament, the deputy chair of the Conservative Party as well as sitting in the House of Lords. His political career ended in scandal and he turned to writing, where he has been published in over 250 countries.

He is perhaps most famous for the "Clifton Chronicles" and his blockbuster Kane and Abel which was number one on the New York Times Bestseller list and inspired a popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss and Sam Neill.

After he was imprisoned for perjury in 2001, he wrote his highly acclaimed non-fiction series, Prison Diaries - Hell, Purgatory and Heaven - which were inspired by his experiences and loosely structured around Dante’s Inferno.

©2021 SAGA Egmont (P)2021 SAGA Egmont

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So disappointed!

I’ve read many books by Jeffrey Archer and I have to say I was very sad this one didn’t stack up against his previous works. It’s a long book, 19 hours and I made it 10 hours before I could stand it no longer.

The story is convoluted, difficult to follow and just not interesting. The narrator does a good job, but I’m sad to say it just wasn’t enough to coerce me into staying the entire way though.

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wonderful book

I start to finish, i enjoed the book. Great story spanning six decades all over the world.
And I loved the ending!

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The book could have been half the length and had the same effect. The story repeated the same theme over and over again.

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Enjoyed this immensely

I am a fan of Jeffrey Archer for many years. This story was bery entertaining. Enjoyed the historical reference.

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Billion Dollar Mania and Madness!

Amazing story, well told 👏 👌 Much to learn from these rivered masterminds colliding

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Kia most interesting piece no of historical fiction

This was very good as long as I kept reminding myself who was Murdoch and who wa Maxwell. But so long as this was clear it was a wonderful example of Sir Jeffrey’s talents as a storyteller

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Not his best work

I love Jeffrey Archer - but this is not his best work. The storyline is repetitive and failed to keep my interest as his other books have.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-17-21

Sometimes confusing and a bit of deja-vu!

Basically this story uses the barely disguised lives of Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch, in a fictionalised form . It was interesting as I had never bothered to find out much about these men before I read the book and it was only after reading it that I delved into the lives of the men who inspired the characters. Like the fictional Keith and Dick in the book they had awesome lives .
This is as always with Jeffrey Archer, a superbly written book and it is also well read. It made learning about the publishing industry a veryenjoyable exercise. I only gave the story three stars as it wasn't very original!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-21

Highly recommended

Highly recommended - as gripping as reading the book. And Offcourse the best author in the world

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  • Alan Young
  • 07-31-21

I deserve a medal for finishing it

I’ve read plenty of Archer and this is awful. Rehash of Kane and Able, the historical errors in the first part of the novel are cringeworthy, the plot is utterly farcical in places and the characters totally unbelievable.

It was absolute torture to persist with it.

The narration is a bit wooden with poor attempts at accents.

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  • Jane
  • 02-21-22

Another brilliant story from my favourite author

Undoubtedly another brilliant story of such a well known event told in detail and so entertaining that the reader/ listener is captured and enthralled.
I’m starting to run out of new books from Lord Archer but will be content to wait for the next new book as and when it is published, thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-22

Jeffery Archer

Similar to Kane and Able but still a good read, it's not as good but it's still good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-22

Good story

I enjoyed the story very much I never put it down I listened to it almost every
Day my favourite part was all of it just sorry it's come to an end and Jonathan aris did a very good job at reading it

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  • Mr. Nigel G. S. Lambert
  • 08-16-21

Not his best - usually love his books

Irritating accents. The storyline was interesting but complicated and I got bored during the middle

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  • Thepearsons
  • 07-21-21

Brilliant Read

As usual Jeffrey Archer never disappoints, in any of his books.. Looking forward to his next William Warwick novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-21

Modern day kane and abel

Really enjoyed this book , twists snd turns from the first to the last page, very typical Jeffrey Archer composition
Long book but worth every minute of your time taken to ride the rollercoaster of the two competitive business men
Highly recommended

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  • Miles
  • 07-15-21

Loved it!

Another Archer triumph. I read this after reading Fall. Fiction and fact in parallel.A brilliant story well read

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  • cecily skeggs
  • 08-21-21

Narrator

This book was narrated by an excellent reader which greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

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  • Sandra
  • 08-03-21

Atrocious Australian Accent

Enjoyable story, typical of Jeffrey Archer. For me, the terrible unauthentic Australian accent spoiled it. What a pity. All the other accents were believable, but Keith was not.

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  • Amanda Rochford
  • 04-30-22

Extraordinarily dull

I couldn’t get into this ‘story’ at all. I laboured through the first 9 chapters about two misogynistic men largely indistinguishable from each other in their insufferable egos who bought this paper then that paper then another one, oh and a radio station, and a coal mine, then another newspaper. Dull, dull, dull.
Do yourself a favour and watch paint dry.
The Australian accent misses the mark and mispronounced many words.

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  • Kristine Brown
  • 02-24-22

Another great story!

I just love Jeffrey Archer's writing. He is such a good storyteller that makes me not want to put the book/audiobook down/off until I have reached the end,

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  • Jon
  • 05-12-22

Too long

An interesting book for the history, but it became too long for me.
I was not invested enough in the characters to do the second half of the book.

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  • Vam
  • 04-19-22

expecting more

Got a little slow by the end. The build up was good and overall, a worth while listen.

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  • Louise
  • 04-15-22

Unoriginal

The story was almost taken from the news papers.
Long winded, unoriginal and tragically lacking any surprises or ingenuity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

Average

The narration was good but a little disappointed that the narrator didn't check the pronunciation of local place names. Almost every city in Australia was pronounced wrong but still in a decent Aussie accent.

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  • db3772243
  • 04-04-22

Excellent

Great story, greatly enhanced by the incredible talents of the narrator who is able to switch accents at will and never missed a beat! Bravo Jonathan Aris.

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  • PJP
  • 03-28-22

Jeffrey Archer always delivers

Detailing probably one of the most fascinating events in the newspaper publishing world. My journey to work was over in a flash each day. Do yourself a favour and strap in for the ride.