The scene in the vestry after Capt Jack objects to the mariage of Harry and Emma.
Roger Allam and Emelia Fox performances added to the authenticity of the characters.
This book came highly recommended from a friend. Althoght this is not my normal genre, I thought I'd give it a try. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but I came to understand and enjoy the detailed character development and the intricate story.I also enjoyed the telling of the story from the different characters point of view. Each day I could not wait to resume my listening. I am writing this review as I am downloading the second installment of the series!
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
Intriguing story. Quite a few anachronistic mistakes "Big Apple" was not named until Jack Karouwak 1950's and NYC detectives did not deliver Maranda Rights til 1960'sif you forgive these problems then story carries the day. Book 2 is better but when do we see book 3?
British progeniture (is that how you say it?)
well they are good readers and they try to intone the characters with personality
a Greek tragedy!
OK i am hooked when do we see Book 3?
Archer is great at spinning a tale of an ordinary bloke making a splash and showing his oppressors that he is made of better stuff than those who are born with the silver spoon. That being said, inaccuracies and sloppy research bothered me. Here we have a fellow being arrested in the United States and being given the Miranda warning, something that was not written into law until the sixties and this took place before WWII. His mother has an excellent career and plenty of contacts but resorts to prostitution after a minor setback. The book made me suspend disbelief beyond my comfort level. Entertaining though I don't know if I will download the second installment. Archer seems like he is just knocking out this series for the cash.
So glad I just discovered this book earlier this year - finished just in time for part 2 to be released! A well executed, multi-layered story kept me fully engaged and anxious to know the fate of these wonderful characters. The narration is excellent as well.
The story was well told and the characters were so interesting and fleshed out that I felt I knew and liked--or hated--them. From a seemingly benign beginning, these people bloomed into interesting individuals with flaws and character and sometimes, wisdom beyond their years or station in life.
Every word of it.
Harry Clifton and Old Jack for Mr. Allam and Harry's mother for Ms Fox.
Yes! I can't wait to get started on the second part of the series. I hope it comes out soon.
Don't miss this first book. If you never read another part, you will enjoy this one immensely!
Avid Listener of Audible
I should first preface this with I typically love Jeffrey Archer. However, this book was not his best. My first gripe is that the narrator was sub-par. Not a lot of inflection in his voice. It just seemed that he was "reading" the story, not living it. When your narrator is seemingly going through the motions, it shows!
Next, the story line. For some reason, I found it mediocre at best. There were some parts that were interesting; however, as soon as I thought that "hey, this might be getting better", I was again let down. The story would drag again.
I don't know if I can even read the next installation. I might just because he dangled out a cliffhanger. Overall, I was disappointed.
I don't know but I would expect this is so. The readers are British and terrific with various accents.
I liked it all. I guess the worst moment was when I feared Harry Clifton would die.
Their voices and their intonations. Very interesting... never boring.
I cannot wait for the subsequent Chronicles and I will get them all from Audible.
Absolutely it is a story that transcends generations, classes, and backgrounds.
Harry is an incredible character. He has the depth of a 40 year old man in his teenage years.
There was but not one that I would want to mention without spoiling things. Archer does a fantastic job of of weaving in and out of different story lines.
The whole thing.
I am sold. I cannot wait for the rest of the series!
The Potato Factory
At the end of the book set about 1940, Harry is read his Miranda rights. I don't think they were routinely read unti 1966.