Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Heads You Win

This program is read by Richard Armitage. With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent listeners, Heads You Win is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel. 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 m...

Details Heads You Win

TitleHeads You Win
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherMacMillan Audio
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Heads You Win

  • Maureen
    ** 4.5 Stars * Wow! The last sentence in ‘Heads You Win’ was akin to a slap across the face - a kind of “that’s what you get for not being perceptive enough to recognise what was right in front of you the whole time”!1968 Leningrad, Russia, and teenager Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena are about to flee their homeland with the help of his uncle, who has bribed the Captain of a cargo ship. Alexander’s father has been assassinate...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer's since I found Kane and Abel in the clearance bin at my local used book store. I was urged by my insanely smart brother to pick a book by its cover and so... that's what I chose. Suffice it to say, I was hooked to Archer's uncomplicated style of writing. His delivery can be described as hearing a story from that human fixture in your local bar or fellow commuter. He writes a...
  • TL
    *some edits*Loved it but umm... The ending and the last few pages, anyone else confused?What I thought was gonna be mind blowing wasn't explored to completion and what I guess was the big surprise seemed like a non-ending (to me). Maybe because I was expecting something else but I was left with "Umm, that's all?"Doesn't dampen my enjoyment of the rest of the story but it did cause me to knock off that one star.My one friend suggested maybe its a ...
  • Gary
    Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer. Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story. The more I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out more. Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making. But his future plans take a sudden t...
  • Lou
    Heads You Win is one of critically-acclaimed, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's most imaginative novel to date and takes advantage of the sliding doors theme whereby the outcomes of two separate paths that a character could take are shown. Here, it manifests itself as a life-changing moment in which young Alexander Karpenko and his mother flip a coin on the docks to decide whether they board a boat and emigrate to Great Britain or the United St...
  • Paul
    Archer has other works that are definitely worth a read if you enjoy this genre, but Heads You Win is not one I would recommend.For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/10/10/he...For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
  • Lisa
    Ok, WOWWWWW.Let me say first and foremost that I won an ARC of this book for my review from St. Martin’s Press~ THANK YOU!!!! Second, this is ONE of my favorite authors as he never disappoints in writing about good and evil in politics as in life in general.This book however, HEADS YOU WIN, is as it says on the cover...one man, two lives. And how is that? That is the question. Amazingly, Mr. Archer writes a little bit different from his past no...
  • Laura Danks
    I really wanted to love this book because I loved The Clifton Chronicles Series, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy as much as I hoped.To me, it felt as if the structure of The Clifton Chronicles had been copied and paste into Russian settings. I don't want to give away any spoilers, especially for readers who have not read Archer before but I found the whole thing a little too predictable following a formula that I've seen before.I think I would ...
  • Carolyn
    Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this book which shows the author’s skill for great story telling. I found the structure of the book a little confusing at first. I have never been able to fathom the British Parliamentary system and I tried not to zone out during those sections. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the changes in Russia (and lack of them) over the years and the excursions into the art world. There were times whil...
  • Donna
    Jeffrey Archer is my 9th most read author....well actually he is tied with Brandon Sanderson. This is the 16th book by him that I've read. He is a master story teller. He does place, plot, and especially characters well. I loved the relationships. He adds rich detail to his characters....even when it comes to the mean ones because I feel like I understand them. I loved the fork in the road with this one regarding the crates. That was a nice littl...
  • Jane
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press for this ARC.I haven't read this author's books in 30+ years and wasn't sure if I would like this book since it's not a book I would read but I needed something different and this was it. I've read a lot of books in my lifetime and have never read a book like this and it's not your typical book. It was interesting between Alex/Sasha in London/New York/Russia and what it would be like if he went to London or New York i...
  • Ron Hartley
    I enjoy Archers books and have read them all.However, if you don't read this book, you are doing yourself a favor.Yes Clifton and Barrington were mentioned, which was nice.The usual suicide of disgrace showed up... Not incest for a change. In fact, no incest in this book.The two versions of the main character were great, until they started crossing paths in various manners. This created some confusion.Were the mom's twins? Nope.The final ending w...
  • Roma Sharma
    Jeffrey Archer is called a master story teller for a reason. His books are captivating and spellbinding. This one is no exception. I enjoy thrillers and I usually don’t like to read historical books or overly political books, but when it comes to Archer, the genre becomes irrelevant and the story is all that matters. I have devoured every novel and short story he’s ever published and never have I been disappointed. This book held my attention...
  • James
    I was fortunate to be one of 500 readers around the world selected to read a free pre-publication serialisation of 'Heads You Win' on The Pigeonhole. I first read Jeffrey Archer years ago, when I picked up 'As The Crow Flies' at the suggestion of a friend who loved Archer's stories. I found it an honest, enjoyable, decently crafted page-turner, your typical rags to riches tale. To be honest it did smack a little bit of formula, so I desisted from...
  • Roy
    Every now and then I read a Jeffery Archer book and always ask myself why I dont read more by him. Hes the master of the plot and the well hidden details that throw you off the scent. An interesting tale of a character who flips a coin to determine their future. Archer goes on to tell the story from two POVs. The same character but lives determined from that fateful coin toss. Its two separate books in one but they have similarities. Its a simila...
  • Angela Oatham
    Never let it be said that Jeffrey Archer doesn't tell a good story. This is another very readable novel from him, there's nothing new or groundbreaking and yes you will get slight deja vu if you've read all his previous novels but so what? Sometimes I just want to turn my brain off and delve into a good story. If I was Mr Archer I wouldn't be holidaying in Russia anytime soon though!
  • Pheadra Farah
    Have you ever stopped to consider how the small choices you make can affect the outcome of your life? What if being five minutes late means you miss the bus that fatally crashes for example. Heads You Win reminded me of ‘Sliding Doors’, culminating in ‘Changing Lanes’.I’m an Archer fan ever since reading ‘Kane and Abel’ and looked forward to this latest offering from an author described as a master storyteller, but alas felt this bo...
  • Julia
    I really liked the first 200 pages or so of Jeffrey Archer's latest book. The last almost 300 pages had too much politics for me, which I've noticed is something that happens quite a bit in Archer novels. My full review is forthcoming with Historical Novel Society.
  • Annette
    It's Leningrad in 1968 Alexander Karpenko a twelve year old boy is living with his mother and father in a typical tenement block. His father is murdered by the KGB in a not too convincing accident on the docks, where he worked. They are devastated, Alexanders uncle fears for their safety and persuades them to escape to the west on a cargo vessel. He says that they must not tell anyone especially Alexanders best friend Vlademere. When they reach t...
  • Sharon
    My favourite author has to be Jeffrey Archer! The first book I ever read of his was Prisoner of Birth and since then I have sat and devoured my way through each and every one of them. When I saw this his new release Heads You Win was up on NetGalley for review I sent my wish and was overjoyed when it was granted! So, thank you NetGalley and the publishers, Pan MacMillan for making me very happy!You just know when you begin a book by this author t...
  • Di Paterson
    What a disappointment. I've read most of Jeffrey Archer's books, and I think he should stick to short stories now. His sagas, like this one, are becoming formulaic, and his characters, while being well-written, lead such charmed lives, and seldom have character flaws, as is the case in this book. The beginning, with the split lives, was definitely intriguing, but ultimately the story went nowhere, with a totally disappointing ending. I'm not sure...
  • Chhavi
    I am utterly confused. Throughout the book, and in the premise, the impression is that it is the same person whose story is written from 2 different perspective. How then do people who know one come across the other? They are supposed to be same person Life1 and Life2...then how can they also exist simultaneously....? I am only left with this one headbanging confusion in the end ....
  • Gary
    Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer. Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story. The more I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out more. Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making. But his future plans take a sudden t...
  • Annette
    This isn’t my typical book to read but having read one other book by the author I thought this book sounded interesting. The chapters alternate from Sasha to Alex. It was very easy to follow and I was quickly engrossed in the story. It had some twists and turns and the ending took me by surprise!I really enjoyed it! Thank you St Martin’s press for the early copy!
  • Nancy Price
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Jeffrey Archer always writes a good story, and in this book he has written two of them. Alexander Karpenko flees the Soviet Union as a teenager, accompanied by his mother. They escape by hiding in a crate set to be loaded into a container ship, but when they arrive at the docks, they are faced with a decision. There are two crates, one set to go to New York, the other to London, but they don'...
  • Ilene Harris
    In this book by Jeffrey Archer, I am reminded of a statement in another book, Richard Russo's 'Bridge of Sighs' where he states (and I am paraphrasing) "that no matter what path you choose in life, you will always wonder what would have happened if you had chosen an alternative route". In this book we actually find out. Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena have to decide which ship to stow away on in their attempt to escape from Russia. It is ...
  • Donatha Czichy
    Worum geht es?1968: Am Hafen von Leningrad müssen der junge Alexander Karpenko und seine Mutter auf der Flucht vor dem KGB entscheiden, auf welches Schiff sie sich als blinde Passagiere schleichen. Eines fährt nach Großbritannien, eines in die USA. Der Wurf einer Münze soll das Schicksal von Alexander und Elena besiegeln … Über eine Zeitspanne von dreißig Jahren und auf zwei Kontinenten entfaltet sich in Jeffrey Archers neuem Roman eine G...
  • Helen
    I enjoy Jeffery Archer's writing and I enjoyed this book. The story is engaging, complex, and entertaining. True to Archer's writing style, it is reminiscent of the Clifton stories in characters and events. The premise is believable and the plot moves quickly. At times the story seems condensed beyond credibility, but then, without plot acceleration , books would be ten thousand pages long. The chapter switches are compelling. Also compelling are...
  • Shelagh Wadman
    I enjoyed reading this novel, and was lucky enough to read it together with other readers on Pigeonhole. The story transports the reader into the parallel world of Alexander and his mother Elena who flee Russia after his father is killed by the KGB. I waited every day in anticipation of the next Stave and what had happened to Alex/Sasha in their parallel worlds. I must admit I was disappointed with the final outcome after putting so much energy i...
  • Sheila
    I have read a lot of Jeffrey Archer's books, and this was unique compared to his others. It didn't grab me as much as his fantastic Chronicles series. Initially, I thought it had a similar type of theme to "Kane and Abel", but the sliding doors format was a surprise. Admittedly, it confused me at first, but when I clicked, it became more interesting. There was a lot of inconsequential detail and dialogue in the middle, which lost my interest. It'...