It would be an overall 5 star, but the book takes about an hour to engage the reader. Having said that it is worth enduring the slow start. The performer is excellent, the characters well developed and the interwoven stories are engaging. I am moving on to Book 2 in the series, and I'm glad of it.
I have read or listened to many Archer books in the past. Only Time Will Tell is a well worn tale. Archer has told it many times. It follows the story of a youth from birth through college in the pre-WWII era.
After about a quarter of the way through, I was cheering. I thought this was a great story and was eating it up. Only then it takes on a very strange story telling device. In this book, there are five or six main characters. It proceeds to jump from Harry (the protagonist) to his mother or other character. This is a little off putting, but that is not the crux of the problem. The problem is that the story rewinds and tells exactly what you have just read over again. Only from a different point of view. I believe that an author could have pulled this off, but the manner in which Archer approached this style felt very off.
So in the end, a story that had all the makings of a quality guilty pleasure turned into a confused jaggedly structured narrative.
I enjoyed part 1 of the Clinton Chronicles. Rarely do you find as many likeable characters who are flawed, yet the main character is without fault, except for a very foolish decision at the conclusion of the book. It's almost out of character. And that's why I didn't give the book 5 stars. It seems to be a ploy to make one want to read part 2. And guess what? It worked!
Typical melodrama. Well written. Be aware this is the beginning of the story. If you want to know how it ends, you will need to read the next novel in the series. I don't care what happens.
I enjoyed listening to this book, couldn't wait to get into the next one, when this one aburptly ended. Although, I found I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next. If you want to be entertained with garbage in/garbage out, this is a fine one to kill some time. After listening to the next one, I'm left scratching my head at the utter predicatbility. Still, entertaining and you can drive along talking to yourself: "Saw that one coming" or "huh....no surprises there". The fact remains the initial plot was compelling and I feel the author could have done so much more with it. I won't waste my $$ on the subsequent 3,4 and 5.
This one isn't a lemon, but read the reviews on the subsequent installments to see what others opined.
This was a good book for the rush-hour commute, but the characters were somewhat black and white i.e. good or bad. I would have like a little more depth.
I would have given the performance five stars but the attempt at an American accent
was pretty bad.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
This is a novel about Harry who was born about 1920 in England. The story is told from the point of several of the main characters. Mr. Archer is able to seamlessly blend the storyline with each of these characters in an intriguing way that kept me spellbound. There is an in depth development of characters. I can't wait to read book 2.