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Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

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
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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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  • Howard
    3/4/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nye
    3/3/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. R. Fellows
    9/25/14
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    "Below par"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    About as compelling to listen to as an omnibus edition of Woman's Hour.


    What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wait until he had structured ideas for the plot before writing and publication


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Very good character enhancement


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't try and stretch the story's credibility with silly plot lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tansy
    Houesville, France
    9/11/14
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    "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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacquelyn
    CORSHAM, United Kingdom
    9/10/14
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    "A fantastic set of four un-put-downable books!"
    Would you listen to Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 to, and why?

    I havent anything I can compare this to.


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

    No.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMC
    4/22/14
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    "Light Listening"
    Would you listen to Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 again? Why?

    No but will listen to Book 4.


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Different images of the characters that I had in my mind from reading the first 2 books.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    3/20/14
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    "I absolutely love this series"
    What did you like most about Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 to, and why?

    Anything else by Jeffrey Archer, particularly As The Crow Flies


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was too long and life still has to go on.


    Any additional comments?

    Off to read the next installment ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jinty
    England
    1/21/14
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    "What a let down !!"
    If you could sum up Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    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 !!


    Any additional comments?

    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 ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Esher, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Keep them Coming"
    What made the experience of listening to Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Macroom, Ireland
    8/6/13
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    "I love this series"
    If you could sum up Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Evocative. Unpredictable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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