This was a great book , hard to put down, but I preferred the narrator from book one, The Clifton Chronicles. Left hanging by the ending, as in book one.
Second book in the Harry Clifton Chronicles. I loved Only Time Will Tell, having read it last month. I couldn’t wait to read this book and was not disappointed. The characters continue to grow and develop, and the plot is mesmerizing. Good vs. Evil, class divisions, action, power, romance, all present. The next book I read will be the third in the series.
I have changed my tune, this particular collection of historical fiction drew me in more than I cared to admit when I wrote the review of the first book in the series. The combination of interesting character and strong plot, with interesting twists and turns, has brought me back to buy the next book. I find I want to listen to the next installment as soon as I finish one.
A very good book to listen to with your friends and family. Very well written and captivating.
I'm stunned. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 of the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer, and was absolutely thrilled to discover it was a series. I couldn't even get through the first few chapters before I pulled the plug.
This must have been written in a rush. There was a lot of "well, Bob, as you know, I am your uncle and like you, I have blonde hair..." to fill the listener in to what happened in the first book.
I also felt the characters were a little too super human. All good or all bad. The main character Harry Clifton seems to find himself in a terrible predicament at the beginning of the book, and is way too polite in the midst of the injustice.
Meanwhile, another major character, Emma, leaps to the right conclusion in trying to solve a mystery on the first try. Her deductive reasoning skills seem to surpass that of the greatest fictional detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes. It's laughable.
I never made it past the first few chapters, so maybe the book gets better. For me, it annoyed me too much to carry on. I do realize the author has to catch the readers up on the events that led to the second book, but the way he goes about it is downright sloppy.
Big fat bummer, I was looking forward to the series.
The narrators wonderful repetoire of difference accents...especially Hugo's snobby accent which made the listener dislike him even more. Very well done
I would have concentrated more on war experiences for Harry and Giles and skipped the last chapter of book which waffled on and on about a rather, at the moment, unimportant part of the story. I was disappointed by this part of the book as it really was a bit tedious after the rest of the story which was riveting
The characters are well developed
This was definitely not as good as the prequel The story was predictable and boring. Only Time Will Tell was almost written like a classic. Characters were developed and interesting. This was just a story not very interesting and does not make me wast to get the next book in the series.
Yes. I have not deleted either of the books
Yes. each period of British and American history was brought to life.
Yes. the characters and setting are well written and believable.
I have no complaints about the narrator's performance
WARNING - SPOILERS:
Yes, I'd change a number of things.
Firstly, the way it ended - just as a major decision was about to be handed down - was rubbish. "Buy the next book", it said. I've read heaps of series, and none ended with such a tacky attempt at money grubbing. There should have been a resolution, and the next installment would have sold itself if the readers were truly invested in the characters. I was so angry, I returned the next installments which I'd already purchased, unread.
Hugo Barrington is a comic book villain. Surely that character could have been developed a bit better. I wonder if he had a moustache to twirl.
Next, Emma Barrington is a comic book heroine. I found the notion that, rather than "risk her relationship with Maisey" over reading a stupid letter that, as the mother of Harry's child she had every right to insist to see, she decided instead to train as a waitress and take a job on a ship going to America. Really. And declaring herself as "the mother of his child" in an era when such a thing was frowned upon... I realise it's not the fault of an innocent baby, but I can't imagine any family back then, especially in the British nobility, having been thrilled with a pregnancy which had a good chance of having resulted from incest. Word would have gotten out, somehow.
I couldn't help but wonder how Maisey managed to work her way up to manageress while being illiterate. Surely she would have needed to do staff rosters and such? Or are we not supposed to consider such things? And her romance/marriage seemed to come out of nowhere.
As far as I can recall, we never found out who was buying up all the land on Broad St. I thought surely there would have been some significance in it.
This series was to be my first of Jeffrey Archer. These two books were enough to have made it my last.
He could have developed characters better, and not left holes in the story. Oh, and there are much, much better ways to end a book than this cheap ploy.
I love the content of book!
The entire content was memorable!
Depends on who actors are and who produced it.
Looking forward to be reading more books by this author!