This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible. The story is well written and the characters well developed. You love some of them and despise at least one. It is historically interesting as well. The narrator is superb - reminds me of Anthony Hopkins. The other narrator has such a small piece I barely remember her - but she certainly did not detract from the story as many narrators can do. I hated to turn it off and couldn't wait to get back to my book. It is a long book - but didn't last long enuogh. I so hated to see it end and can't wait for the sequel. I hope the same narrator reads the sequel!
This was my first Jeffrey Archer book -- what a joy it was! I enjoyed the story and characters, and look forward to the next installment. I liked the way the author first told what happened, then later explained why it happened, as well as giving the perspective of various characters. In addition to that, I loved the narrator! He has a wonderful voice, and didn't rush the material, which I sometimes find with narrators -- I never had to go back and listen to a part again just to figure out what was said. The narration was clear and thoughtful, without any annoying character voices (a pet peeve of mine). I will explore other books read by this narrator, while I wait for the next book in the Clifton Chronicles.
Great story with readers who kept you in the action. The twist and turns keep things interesting and keep you reading. Can't wait for the next book... wish I'd found this much later so it wouldn't be so long until the next. Archer is a wonderful story teller, every charector comes to life.
Great listening experience;great narrator. Jeffrey Archer must never sleep as he is always writing and re-writing,in longhand,of course. Thank you, Mr. Archer, for taking your work so seriously as your readers and listeners certainly reap the rewards.
Great novel that sets the stage for what surely will be a collention of Archer's greats. Loosely autobiographical, this book gives much insight into the author himself. Warm, heartbreaking, and enjoyable. Can't wait for book 2.
This was a good story of how a young English lad makes the most of his singing talent and brains with the help of his Mom and friends. It was interesting to hear the same situation described by the various characters. However, after the four telling I just wanted to get on with the story and forget the retelling. The ending was a little predictable and will lead in to book #2.
I finished listening to this in 2 days because I binge listened instead of rationing myself. I believe it was because I was addicted to the evilness of Hugo and finding out the next diabolical thing he'd devise to make me loathe him even more. But it's a great story all-around and performed extremely well. Like other listeners, I can't wait for Book 2. Well done!