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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Was this ghost written? (Serious Disappointment)"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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?

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    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.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Please restore this series to some measure of what the first two installments promised.

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  • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

    Tad Davis says: "Magnificent"
    "Wonderful reading of classic story"

    I had never read Jane Eyre, but endeavored to do so after the Jane Austen cycle of novels left me wanting something more. Backing up only one step further??? I, a middle aged man, read Jane Austen after learning that she was well admired by Patrick O???Brian, who has given me such great reading pleasure through 20 novels. I loved the Jane Austen works (most with Juliet Stevenson reading), but that is for another review.

    So, I came to Charlotte Bronte???s work already accustomed to the sensibilities of this historical time in Europe. My review: Charlotte Bronte???s Jane Eyre is every bit the masterwork I hoped and expected it to be. Her vision, characterizations, wit, dialog, nuance, and ability to communicate deep understanding are consistent and compelling. I lost sleep on two successive nights listening to the book, read to me by Lucy Scott. I am yawning now, but quite content. Why Lucy Scott? Well, I liked Juliet Stevenson very well for Jane Austen, but wanted a different voice for Jane Eyre. I was not disappointed. I could almost wish that Lucy Scott would read Jane Austen. Lucy Scott was, for me, the perfect reader for this novel. Her portrayals of the various characters in the story were vivid, fully realized, touching and memorable. I cannot express how delighted I was with this telling.

    What is next? In keeping with my want to explore the works that are admired by my favorite writers, I shall take up Vanity Fair, which Charlotte Bronte recommended in preface to the 2nd edition of Jane Eyre. For you, let me suggest that if you be male, read or listen to Jane Austin???s novels. Juliet Stevenson reads these very well. If you be female, please consider the Aubrey Maturin novels by Patrick O???Brian, read by the delightful Simon Vance. Why? Because you will already have read Jane Austin ???. Do not be discouraged by the ships and actions, there is plenty of romance, character development, humor and wit. Patrick O???Brian is a master, on the level with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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