Archer writes wonderful stories, and this one never slows down. Strong characters -- almost Dickensian, strong plot lines, good dose of history. Excellent readers with good accents, British and American. I'm ready for Book 2 and Harry's life during WWII.
I enjoy a good story and have always been partial to historical fiction set at the time this one is, just before the Second World War, because it was when my parents met and were young. While the characters were not all that deeply created, the important ones were and held my interest. The storyline is mostly predictable with Harry being noble and becoming the ideal, facing sacrifices with courage and selflessness. Yet still I was easily pulled back. If you are not looking for an intellectual read and like stories of everyday heros, you will like this one.
I enjoy audiobooks like this that have a strong plot that take no concentration to follow. The type of book that is a reasonable distraction while on a long car ride or while doing chores.
My most memorable moment was when he discovered how his mom was getting him and paying for him to go to school. Can't wait to read the next book In the trilogy.
I loved the narrator. He told this story perfectly. The simple story was made very memorable. I can't wait to read what happens to Harry!
couldn't stop listening
Maisie because I related to her as a mother who would do anything for her child
5 star performances
Maisie because she is such an honest and hardworking mother
At close to thirteen hours of listening, Only Tine Will Tell is read by Roger Allam and Emilia Fox. The reading did not distract from the disjointed story, so with that faint praise, it was fine. Emilia Fox is relegated to the point-of-view and voice of one or two female characters, however Roger Allam is the primary narrator. Being that Jeffrey Archer is British, as is the prose, the reading is with a British accent.
Having listened audiobooks and read many paperbacks Jeffery Archer has authored, i.e., Kane & Abel, Sons of Fortune, The Sins of the Father, Shall We Tell the President, etc., too many to list, my opinion is that this story is far from his best. Scenes are repeated several times from the unique perspectives of the players. You’ll listen to the same scene from multiple angles, and rather than this moving the story forward you’ll be tempted to fast-forward…often. This, in my opinion, is a cheap shot on the part of the author. Why? Just to burn up word count, maybe? The approach adds little, if anything, to the story arc. It’s almost as if Archer created drafts of the same scene from the view of each character and decided to simply include them all. Jarring.
As point of view changes regularly, the plot inches forward. The story opens with a promiscuous one-night-stand liaison in the early 1900s. The young lady in question is about to be married and, I guess, wants an experience. This results in a boy-child with unknown heritage and thus is the thrust of Only Tim Will Tell.
The story, as expected in that the subtitle is a clear cue to subsequent volumes, ends with a buy-the-next-book cliff hanger. The repetitive point-of-view-head-hopping style of this story is sufficient for this reader to take a pass. Given the reviews and ratings, this reader is in a minority being disappointed. Ergo, if you are a die-hard Jeffrey Archer fan, you may have an entirely different take.
A story well written and told!
The many encounters with old man Jack.
When Harry was accused of stealing and he didn't give up his friend.
The book illicited both happiness and sadness.
It reminds me that our lives have a ripple effect - we don't go through this life alone - we touch many lives and they touch ours.