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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"Entertaining at times"
I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series but found this one tiresome by the end.. . The same old baddy and goody, black and white themes across all the books. Fisher=muttly and whoever the latest main baddy is = dick dastardly. That's pretty standard archer though really so can't complain too much. Story is generally decent light weight entertainment.
"Best series I have listened to."
The Clifton chronicles are the best books I have listened to in a long time, not as riveting as the dragon tattoo trilogy but after each book I can't wait to listen to the next one.
About as compelling to listen to as an omnibus edition of Woman's Hour.
Wait until he had structured ideas for the plot before writing and publication
Very good character enhancement
If it wasn't a mid part of a series I wouldn't have bothered. Some of the dialogue was embarrassingly bad. A lot of the content was just padding out a misdirected plot.
Don't try and stretch the story's credibility with silly plot lines.
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?
Book 1 style...
if it was based on book 1 then yes but 2 & 3 need more substance...
Archer shouldn't get bored with his characters - that is how it came over...
"A fantastic set of four un-put-downable books!"
All of the Clifton Chronicles were brilliant - the story is slow to start but builds and deepens all the time. I was hooked and this is not the usual sort of book I would buy. Narration was superb. The best books I have listened to for a long time.
I havent anything I can compare this to.
It hooked me the whole way through and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Consistently good story which built to a fantastic end. I still think about it ages after finishing the last book and cant recommend too highly.
No but will listen to Book 4.
Different images of the characters that I had in my mind from reading the first 2 books.
A great listen.
"I absolutely love this series"
The narration, the twists and turns, the way the story us told from the point of view of all the characters and each section ends on a mini cliff hanger.
Anything else by Jeffrey Archer, particularly As The Crow Flies
Yes, but it was too long and life still has to go on.
Off to read the next installment ...
"What a let down !!"
Book three I thought was a bit boring in parts and I lost interest sometimes. However things got going and I was caught up in the story and then it ended..... Just like that !!
I wonder if there will be a book 4?? I will just have to listen to it as I need to find out what happens to the family. And I hope they keep Alex Jennings who is just wonderful at doing all the different voices, he made the book for me ..
"Keep them Coming"
This set of books is fabulous (although you could listen to them as stand alones I would recommend buying the set and start with the first.) They are a true saga that spancs generations of the same families and see's excellent charecter development and good attention to detail. It is easy to ampathise with the charecters and you will develop firm favourites!
"I love this series"
Gripping. Evocative. Unpredictable.
I love a good series where you almost develop a relationship with the characters. I just can't wait to see what happens next to Cliftons and Barringtons.
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