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Twelve Red Herrings Volume 1: v. 1 Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (4 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001047809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001047808
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,376,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A collection of some of Jeffrey Archer's best short stories, full of clever plots.' -- Choice

'An adept teller of tales whose lightness of touch is matched by a gift for creating neat and intriguing plots.' -- Daily Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A collection of some of Jeffrey Archer's best short stories, full of clever plots.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 22 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Archer's 'Twelve Red Herrings' are imaginative, well-written short stories. Archer (now Lord Archer, the variously popular-then-disgraced-then-popular-currently-disgraced Tory almost-leader) is better known for his novels, but has proven himself to be a good author of short stories as well.
Each of the twelve tales in the collection contains an unexpected twist in the character or outcome, something that Archer is good at providing in most plots he's written. Archer seems to have the knack of taking one idea and spinning it, like a spider's web coming from one small strand, into a very fine and very wide reaching net that catches you and keeps you involved until the end.
In 'Cheap at Half the Price' we are introduced to Consuela Rosenheim, a woman with expensive tastes which require both a wealthy husband and wealthy lover to satisfy, working in concert but each unwitting of the other. Her procurement of a necklace is a wonderful story.
In 'Trial and Error' we follow Cooper on an ingenious plot for revenge, to finally carry out the murder for which he has already been sentenced and convicted, knowing that due to the construct of the law, the murder cannot be punished (he has already been convicted and served his time).
The final story is my favourite, and of course you will, as I did, read all the endings: Archer provides a brief tale of desire-at-first-sight and the variations on the theme; how will it turn out? A question we often ask in life, and wonder will it end up well done or burnt to a crisp? Using this analogy, 'One Man's Meat...' follows a man who sees a beautiful woman while driving by, and stops to pursue her. What will happen? Is she single or married? Is HE single or married? Will she be flattered or offended?
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I love short stories, but hated these. I thought the fact most of the stories are true stories would make this very interesting, but they are delivered so badly, they are simply annoying.
I don't want to give any spoilers so will be a bit vague, but hopefully you will get the idea.
The idea is that the ending hits you as a surprise and isn't what you expect, so...
The first story ended by telling you who had done it and how except 'the character saw Mrs X and recognised her from before - i expect you realised who she was before me' - NO I didn't and still have no ides who she is.The story doesn't tell me and the ONLY possible woman couldn't be Mrs X because she was in jail abroad. I even used the Kindle 'search book' to see who this was, but she didn't appear in the book.
Story 2 relies on 2 men who don't know each other going into the same shop to buy the same item and saying EXACTLY the same thing and doing EXACTLY the same thing. These men both come from different countries but happen to be in the same place, they also happen to have EXACTLY the same amount of money to throw away and they are leaving the country at EXACTLY the same time. There are more coincidences too. This is too far fetched to believe, and although this is based on a true story and supposedly really happened, the story needs more detail to bring it together. It needs explanations about why they both are willing to do what they do, why they do it and lots more.
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By Andy on 20 Jan. 2016
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A Good mixed batch of short stories. However, on reading through I began to experience a sense of deja vu as many of the stories seem familiar. Some I even recognised as urban legends. That Is not to say I didn't enjoy the book as Jeffrey Archer is a classic short story writer. The last story is particularly interesting as it has four different endings but will say no more as I do not wish to spoil it. I would recommend the book and certainly buy other short story books by this author.
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I'm not a great fan of short stories,but and there's always a "but" with JA's writing abilities,some of his stories are really good,but sadly some are quite mediocre.If like me you like to reread books at a later stage,then "highlight" the good ones in the index for future reference.

There was one short story,the name of which eludes me,but it was about a couple who went from dislike/distain to love eternal unto the final sacrifice and just to find this story again it would be worth reading through all of his short stories.

I love a story short or long that leaves this sort of impression
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Great fast paced holiday book. Not read Jeffrey Archer before and was a bit sceptical beforehand. But I really enjoyed it. Very brief descriptions keep the whole thing moving along. Lots of twists and turns. Could imagine it as a movie. I think it was the characters that kept me engaged. I just wanted to find out what happened to them. Finished it at 1.30am as I couldn't put it down. Not like me as my eyes start to close the minute I get into bed usually. Enjoyed it so much I bought another Archer to read!
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A very diverse set of short stories, I particularly enjoyed ,Don't stop on the motorway. I kept thinking that I knew how it would end, but each scenario I came up with were blown out of the water, the ending was just magnificent.
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A superb varied collection which keeps you dashing from story to story. The master triumphs again.
I enjoyed the choice of endings but I'm glad I read them all. The romantic in me approved the last one.
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