This was supposed to be historical fiction. There is so little history in it that I don't think it qualifies. And, silly me, I didn't know this wasn't the last book in the chronicles - and what a stupid place to end the book - cheap - unreasonable - I have no idea if I will continue with this series. I like HISTORICAL fiction - the only little tidbits I got didn't come close to satisfying that genre. Boo Jeffrey Archer. The only reason I gave it three stars is that for much of the book it would have been a fine vacation read.
Oh, and one other annoying thing. Usually when a part of a book has a label on it, like a character name, the story is told from that character's point of view. In this book, sometimes, even in the midst of one character's story, the narrative jumps to something about another person that the main character in that part couldn't possibly know about - totally disjointed.
I repeat - boo Jeffrey Archer!
I read/listen to many books that don't capture me and every time Archer just gets it right. The way he is detailed without lingering too long over something. He brings tension from the start and holds you always wanting more. I find his knowledge of so many aspects of life outstanding and I find him highly intelligent. I have loved the Chronicles and cant wait for the next.
He really is exceptional. Well I think so.....
the tension and details
I thought it was ready brilliantly and his accents and change from character to character was so distinguishable. Excellent
Seriously - I've read and listened to a lot of JA stories. The Clifton Series could have been his magnum opus. Instead it was spun out into a story version of a tv series. Poor. Poor. Poor.
The spoken performance is very good. He does slip accenting on a few occasions but it's not a huge distraction.
This book tells a great story across generations! Never a dull moment!
I liked how there was so much going on at once.
When Harry's son accidentally purchased a night with a prostitute.
Emma. I love how she goes back to school and is an active member of her father's board.
This series reminded me of the Harry Potter series because of the accent and vocabulary. I assure you this is realistic fiction! There's no magic in this story. :-) I just assumed J.K. Rowling had made up terms like "Prefect" when they are real roles are things in Britain. :)
Mom of three
I might recommend this series to a friend, but I would warn them that so far this book is the weekest link in the chain. I look forward to the next book in the hopes that Archer will tie things up a little better.
I like Harry Clifton. He is the most real of the characters to me. I like it that he is a book writer, too!
No Pain, No Gain Part 1
One of the things I love about Archer is how he cleverly brings things around in the end. His book are usually nicely wrapped packages, full of suspense. During this book I kept wondering, "Where's the big story?"
I still love how Archer writes and I will still read the next installment, but I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed this time around.
Listening to the book was no problem -- I enjoyed the narrator. If I had been reading the book I would have had more trouble with the lack of intrigue.
I was frustrated that I had spent the time listeneing to this story
Felt like it was at a level well below the others
Average to fine
Avid Audible listener the life saver in my 180 minutes of commuting each work day.
The central characters in the book mature and younger entirely plausible characters are introduced brilliantly.
Absolutely. Never quite sure where it was going to go next.
Seamless and engaging. Both very much reading to the Jeffrey Archer intent in the writing.
The landlady of the guest house. Salt of the earth type who would sit and share a newspaper wrapped cod and chips.
Left hanging on the edge of a clifton. Can't wait for the next installment.
Jeffrey Archer could have written a novel to follow the previous two excellent works in the series.
It is hard for me to believe that Jeffrey Archer wrote this book. It has virtually none of the elements that made the original book so captivating. Throughout the first two books, the characters were fully developed, and I cared about them - and what happened to them. In this 3rd installment, the characters are flat and undeveloped.
The plot in the first two installments was complex, and I loved the method employed of telling the story from alternating perspectives. There remains in this third installment, none of the allure of that original technique.
The Giles character - you have to be kidding me! He's really going to forsake all familial ties and a lifelong friendship for this cartoon of a character that has no redeeming qualities except for perhaps a pretty face? Where is the complexity and story telling art in that.?
Someone mentioned previously that Jeffrey should hire someone like Christina from Somerville, MA as a proofreader and critic. I also agree with all the critical points that Christina raised. She did a good job articulating the multitude of flaws with this book.
Unfortunately, I was left with the impression that if the writer of this 3rd installment was indeed Jeffrey Archer, then he has either lost interest and passion for the story, or else... I hate to think that there might be something wrong with him. Was this ghost written?
I pre-ordered this book. I will never do that again. (fool me once...)
In future, I will wait to see what others have to say before another book is purchased from this author.
The narrator (Alex Jennings) is good. But I am several hours into the book, and I have yet to hear a passage from Emilia Fox. I am not rating the narration higher because I really loved the juxtaposition of these two narrators in the previous books. If the intent is to have both narrators for this book, then something is missing. If the intent is just to have one narrator, then consider me spoiled by the previous audiobooks in this series.
Please restore this series to some measure of what the first two installments promised.
Yes. The interactions between the characters keeps the reader focused.
Harry Clifton's ability to grow and improve himself without losing the sense of his roots is compelling.
The courtroom scene dealing with the inheritance of the title
Actually I wanted it to go on forever. When is the next one to be released?
The story is the same style as the previous parts, it seems that author had to split the saga into three books and was in hurry to to finish the story and to chop it at the end, while during the book itself there are repetitive parts from previous books in this series,