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.
I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book and the end (thank goodness I had the next book) was definitely a cliff hanger.
It would have to be Harry he has the most information
This book was enjoyable - the story carried me along and I found a number of the characters to be interesting. You should understand this book for what it is ... A nice story full of interesting but pretty much one dimensional characters. As other reviewers have stated - the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad - this is not a work trying to uncovers the deeper truths of life. I knew that going in - but - for what it is - it is very very good. Some reviewers have commented on the switch from male to female narration, and for me ... I enjoyed it and thought it worked well. I will continue on to the next books ...
I don't regret the time I spent listening to this story but I didn't rush to listen to it every day. I was really disappointed in the ending. I understand an author wanting to create an enduring character and hooking the reader to a series. However this author took it too far and didn't resolve any issue before leaving us hanging with the next question.
No probably not. I HATED the ending.
I did like how he laid out the characters' perspectives in different chapters. I liked several of the characters and didn't dislike any.
This was an okay book, typical of Jeffrey Archer. The characters are pretty two dimensional - either pure evil through and through (Fisher, Hugo Barrington) or perfect in just about every way (everyone else). Again, "heavy on plot, light on character" is what you get with Jeffrey Archer, so if you like that sort of thing (and sometimes I do) you'll like this. The narrators were excellent.
This series is excellent; however, the cliff hangers at the end of each novel makes it so difficult because the next novel is not yet complete. My sisrer and I are completely hooked and wait with great anticipation for the each new adventure of the Clifton Chronicles.
Well developed characters, engaging, entertaining.
Old Jack was great and Maizie was terrific as well.
I love family histories and the development of them. Really enjoyed this book. Am definitely getting the rest in the series.
It reminded me of the old classics like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Suspenseful interesting characters Characters you care about. Enough surprises to keep you turning the pages
Loved it. Downloaded the next in the series