We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Best Kept Secret Audiobook

Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Jeffrey Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life - but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface....

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. And Sebastian, though he is bright, isn't quite the hard worker that his father was at school, and finds a hard time resisting the temptations that his somewhat unsavory friends provide.

It all comes to a head when a new villain is uncovered, a face from the past with grudges against both Harry and Giles - Fisher, who tortured Harry at school and later took credit for Giles' heroics during the war. Fisher teams up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' latest election as well as meddle with affairs inside Barringtons, while Harry and Emma must deal with a new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a supposed friend. The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.

©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1598 )
5 star
 (826)
4 star
 (523)
3 star
 (192)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (19)
Overall
4.3 (1393 )
5 star
 (719)
4 star
 (426)
3 star
 (181)
2 star
 (41)
1 star
 (26)
Story
4.5 (1396 )
5 star
 (885)
4 star
 (400)
3 star
 (91)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    CJFLA 08-11-16
    CJFLA 08-11-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    61
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Defintely not up to Jeffrey Archer standards"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Jeffrey Archer is one of the world's great storytellers. This book is third in the series of the Clifton Chronicles. I enjoyed very much the first two books. This one was a waste of time. Had Sir Jeffrey read this book after he wrote it, I think he would have rewritten "Best Kept Secret." This reads/sounds like some sort formula book. It is definitely way beneath his standards. I will definitely read/listen to the fourth book in the series. I presume it will be much better. If it isn't, then it will be the last I will listen to in the grouping as I feel I will not be missing anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Moorhead, MN USA 07-17-16
    Amazon Customer Moorhead, MN USA 07-17-16 Member Since 2014

    Seabee mom

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    Overall
    "Each book in this series gets better and better."

    Absolutely wonderful and creative. I highly recommend this series.. The author has created an amazing series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    rose 05-26-16
    rose 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Archer continues to amaze me !!"

    Jeffrey Archer continues to amaze me through his talent and the Intrigue in this chronicle!!. A must-read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GSDNH NH 05-10-16
    GSDNH NH 05-10-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Excellent Addition to the Series"

    I'm not one to stick with series, but Archer has a knack for pulling you into the next book and keeping you there. I was determined I was going to listen to another author when I finished Best Kept Secret yet found myself starting number four after yet another cliff-hanger. An amazing storyteller augmented by a first-rate narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Chambers Nashville, TN 04-19-16
    J. Chambers Nashville, TN 04-19-16 Member Since 2015

    Orpah

    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    311
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It's Curtains for the Clifton Chronicles for me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At some point the soldiers who survived the charge on the German bunkers during WW2 would have come forward and identified Giles Barrington as the one who lead the charge, and that Major Alex Fisher gave the egregious command, putting the men under his command at virtually unsurvivable odds. This would especially have been likely to come out at the time Giles was running against Major Fisher. His team would have put that dirt out there in the media along with the insider trading and Fisher would have been forever blacklisted and never seen again. This kind of shallow nonsense does not happen in Follet's Century Trilogy and is why I will not read any more of this soap opera drivel.The major characters from the previous novels just poof, disappear, except for superficial mention.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I struggled to finish this one. The smuggling and the exaggerated evil gangster family was unbelievable. What parent, after finding out his son had been kidnapped by a criminal gangster smuggling 27 million into the country would let him complete the job? Any normal parent would have insisted Sebastian fly back with him to England. Of course Seb had to complete the job in order for the horrific plot to play out. His adolescent sexual encounters seemed to be thrown in just because it was expected - oh, I guess it's time for 17 year old Seb to have some sex, so he has the most superficial gratuitous sex ever written- so bad, it would have been better left out. Author needs to read the Outlander series if he wants to write about sex, or leave it out.


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    His performance was very good with the exception of some of the titled ladies, who were irritating to listen to, too affected.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Oh my Gawd NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jjob 04-07-16
    jjob 04-07-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not whole book. like an old time serial"

    it leaves you hanging. very irritating . if you want to know what happens have to keep buying. not a deep plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Suzanne 04-03-16
    Suzanne 04-03-16 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent!"

    I suggest 1-2 weeks between books.
    If you do so each book is as good as the other in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Newcastle, Australia 03-20-16
    Amazon Customer Newcastle, Australia 03-20-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WHAT A GREAT SERIES"

    Jeffrey Archer has once again written a great series. As great as Kane and Able.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    psychodr1 02-26-16
    psychodr1 02-26-16

    I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    89
    46
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not sure how to rate"

    This is the third or fourth book in the series. The plot was kind of predictable but character development was in depth. I liked it but Ian starting to get bored with the series. Not much in the way of mystery or twists in plot. And again an end in which leads into the next book to keep people reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 02-24-16 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I find it hard to put down. keeps you on the edge "

    Keeps me on the edge of my seat. I have enjoyed the first 3 books I hope the next series are as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.