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: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 Audiobook

Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

Regular Price:$26.36
  • 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

1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.

In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.

©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (94 )
5 star
 (52)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.4 (83 )
5 star
 (50)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (81 )
5 star
 (53)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lyn RostrevorAustralia 08-08-13
    Lyn RostrevorAustralia 08-08-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first two books of the Clifton series but this one seemed forced and awkward. I found the characters unsympathetic, the plot unrealistic and the narrative tedious.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

    Easily the worst. I usually get sucked into his stories and carried along by the fast paced stories but this one dragged.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the narrator pretentious but competent and clear diction.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope number four will be back to the standard of the first two otherwise it sullies your initial positive impression of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Garth W 05-10-16
    Garth W 05-10-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A bit of a soapie"

    Got tired of the soap opera feel of this series. I read 3 of the series in a row and this will be my last purchase. I may come back in years to come but I am over it at this stage. The story overall is entertaining and I would probably have continued if I didn't feel so "milked" by buying a set of chapters rather than a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 02-20-15
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 02-20-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jeffery gets lost in a soap opera"
    What did you like best about Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3? What did you like least?

    The best part was it kept the story going, however, it starts to become very soapy. Compared to volumes 1 and 2 it lets the reader down, it lost my interest in the story. It gets very bogged down in the story and I found myself wishing he'd get on with it and hurry up, a bit like the English Cricket Team.
    Jeffery should've released the volumes sooner as I found myself trying to remember the story.


    Would you recommend Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 to your friends? Why or why not?

    You'd have to recommend it only to get to the end of the saga.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't remember any scene that was a stand out.


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

    No, a movie wouldn't be able to capture all the detail in and would leave the reader disappointed. It would end up becoming like Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, book vs the movie - score 5 and 0, like many other adaptations.
    Angelina's movie Unbroken didn't do the book justice and I would fear the same would happen if this was turned into a movie.
    But isn't that true of most movies and books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ibrahim Oman 09-06-16
    Ibrahim Oman 09-06-16 Member Since 2016

    I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A drag after two good ones"
    Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Alex Jennings?

    perhaps


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    He is good for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is too much of a drag. In many instances I felt the author should just move on and spare us the boring details. The story has still much interesting parts but it is over stretched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gwen Joynerwood 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Clifton Chronicles"

    Loving the series and Alex Jennings narration. Jeffrey Archer is one of my favourite authors..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 07-18-15
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 07-18-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    191
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "secret"
    If you could sum up Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    it fits well with the series the characters are good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3?

    the reading of the will


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is well read as previous books you get to follow the story easy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes and no it has it,s moments


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peter 02-27-15
    Peter 02-27-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A captivating series"

    Book 3 takes up the story and leads the listener along a well worn path. I continued to enjoy the Clifton Chronicles, and I am looking forward to the next instalment. I enjoyed the narration - Alex Jennings really brings the characters to life, but the performance would be improved with the addition of a female narrator. Bring on book 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Penny Sydney, Australia 08-08-13
    Penny Sydney, Australia 08-08-13 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Can't wait for Book 4!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    Loved listening to this whole series, Archer leaves cliff hanger endings that make you so edgy to read the next one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3?

    Everything ties together, yet the story keeps on unfolding, there's always more you want to learn about the characters and their intertwining past, presents & futures!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    3/17/13
    Overall
    "Oh No!!!!!"

    I have just listened to this, having waiting on tenterhooks for this sequel to be released! I felt quite uneasy in parts of the novel because I was so 'wound up' in the fates of our family that I could see disasters falling, and I became tense .......... having finished it over two days - I am now WAITING FOR THE NEXT PART!!!!!!



    Really a gripping tale - I really care what happens to the Cliftons and the Barringtons .... Lots of intrigue, lots of clever plans - but now ..... How long until number 4.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • josephine
    motherwell, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good listen!!"

    Excellent story, really good plot line kept me hooked till the end. The narration and characterisation was very believable and I would quite easily listen to it a second time. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Dissapointing end to the saga"

    The Clifton Chronicles has been a 'good story' and that's what you expect from Jeffrey Archer. At no point was I on the edge of my seat or listening all night because it was so exciting. You get to know the characters and can relax into the book. The narration is very good but I did find this part of the saga a bit lazy as it just became a bit boring and I lost interest a few times. All a bit far fetched but I will still read the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Retford, United Kingdom
    3/3/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good story telling"

    loved this book and couldnt wait to move on. love chronicles because i am not sad at the end but cant wait to start next one in series.
    So it goes on

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tansy
    Houesville, France
    9/11/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fizzled out"
    What did you like best about Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3? What did you like least?

    The 1st book was cracking, 2nd pretty gripping too but was detecting Archer wanted to get to the end...3rd was almost paper thin...came over to me as if he'd got bored of the subject...1st book was thick and attention to detail with conversations between the character, this last one was listening to an abbreviated strory...going through the motions springs to mind because the publishers have paid up front?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Book 1 style...


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    none really


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

    if it was based on book 1 then yes but 2 & 3 need more substance...


    Any additional comments?

    Archer shouldn't get bored with his characters - that is how it came over...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
    Overall
    "How long to wait?"

    Really annoyed - thought it was only 3 parts now I have to wait for the 4th part - quite a page turner!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • LucyD
    9/14/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another fantastic episode in the Clifton Chronicles"

    All the twists and turns of this great book keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Can't wait to hear the next one. Beautifully written and brilliantly read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jules
    7/15/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It's like a soap opera"

    This book covers 1945-1959 in the lives of the Cliftons and the Barringtons. I found it entertaining and wanted to know what would happen next. It's like a soap opera, with well loved characters, intriguing secrets and a crucial cliffhanger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • emma
    moreton, United Kingdom
    5/15/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great"

    loved it, perfect follow on from last book with new characters! we're left dangling on a cliff edge at the end!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    5/3/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The saga continues"


    Firstly bit disappointed that Emilia fox was not one of the narrators, Mr Jennings was very good but needed it needed her narration too. Was she not paid enough? as I see she is not narrating any of the subsequent books.

    To me this book was a little flat. Mr Archer seems to have sat on his laurels with this one but I am sure it will be full steam ahead with book 4, if the reviews are to be believed.

    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.