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
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"Still keeping the interest going."
It's good enough to get me to buy the fourth in the series. The narrator is like the best soccer referees....you don't notice they are there.
"No.... you can't finish the book there!"
OMG couldn't wait for this book to find out what happened now this one has finished with a cliffhanger!! I simply cannot wait to find out what happens so straight into the next book for me.
I am thoroughly enjoying the series and just when you think there can't be more there can!
"Black and white"
Perhaps I shouldn't have listened to 4 books from the series, one after the other. I think I may have been a bit jaded by the time I got to this book
The story is still good, very enjoyable and entertaining. However the contrast between the good and bad characters once again is too obvious, too black and white. Everyone likes a few shades of grey (if not the full 50, right?). So whereas before I have forgiven the almost childlike approach to good and evil, I found it grating on my nerves quite considerably when listening to this
As always it was superbly read and the accents and voices were great.
And as previously mentioned the storyline is wonderfully entertaining. My car journeys fly by.
Another crazy cliffhanger to keep you wanting to come back for more. But for me the spell has been broken, at least for now. I will switch to something a little more tonal and give the high contrast black and white Clifton Chronicles a rest.
"my first audio book"
my 1st audio book, wondered if I would enjoy as much as reading and it's excellent. I can now listen whilst doing my chores. love it 👍
"Jeffrey Archer at his best"
Brilliant, listen to it, you will not be disappointed, can't wait to listen to the next volume.
"Love this Series"
Great story telling - just flows so easily. You just know you have to go on the next in the series. Gripping Stuff!
"good start but difficult to finish"
continued well from the previous book, but about two thirds of the way through it was as if the story was being stretched out, almost as if the author did`nt know were the story was going and this made it drag on
a nice tempo and good accents
maybe I am being over critical,I read the first 3 books back to back.Maybe if I read a couple of other books I will come back to no. 4, who knows
"Very basic writing"
Archer's writing is extremely basic and has become rather tedious. There is nothing lyrical or poetic about it, although he can spin a rather good yarn. I only purchased this book as i thought it was a trilogy and I wanted to know the outcome. However we have been left once again on a cliff edge, but this time I think I may just remaining teetering on it as I'm loathe to spend any more money on Mr Archer. Especially when each volume appears to be rather thin, truly spinning as much out of the yarn as possible.
Started a little slow and I was wondering when the kick would come, excellent , looking forward to the next one.
Can't wait to start the next book. The Clifton Chronicles are well worth reading. And now to start the next one!
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