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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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    Lyn RostrevorAustralia 08-08-13
    Lyn RostrevorAustralia 08-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 07-18-15
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 07-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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
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    Peter 02-27-15
    Peter 02-27-15
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    "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
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    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 02-20-15
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 02-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Sydney, Australia 08-08-13
    Penny Sydney, Australia 08-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "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
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  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    3/17/13
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    "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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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
  • josephine
    motherwell, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beulah
    Brookfield, Worcester, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Best Kept Secrety: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3"

    I'd been looking forward to this book and mistakenly had expected it to be the last of the chronicles. I was disappointed and wondered why I'd bothered buying it. Although it says this is book 3 I felt as if most of it was missing because just as it got going it finished. It hasn't inspired me to want to continue reading the Clifton Chronicles.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
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    "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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephan
    PretoriaSouth Africa
    6/3/15
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    "The surprises continue"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is so beautifully crafted, providing only the information that is needed. But repeatedly, even though one knows the information is provided for a reason, once the reason is revealed, the resolution holds a surprise. In between there are spots of humour, and all kinds of wonderful characters, like Mrs Tibbet. All the time, the background remains true to the 1950s.


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

    Indeed and, therefore, a warning to others: do not start listening when you do not have the time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    BAKEWELL, United Kingdom
    5/18/15
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    "Brilliant!!!!!"

    Listened to this novel over two days, it was gripping, another cliff hanger ending. Just downloaded the next book, earphones on, poor dogs are being dragged out for another long walk so I can continue listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jo johnston
    5/13/15
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    "Twists and turns, but still pretty dull"

    The Clifton chronicles are becoming repetitive and boring.

    Sure this has more twists and turns than any previously, but I found them dull and predictable.

    Very good performance though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwendoline Edwards
    4/15/15
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    "Satisfied"

    First time user of Audible.....excellent three books and reader but not too good yet at understanding how to use audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly-Anne
    Beeston, United Kingdom
    3/27/15
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    "Really loving this series!!!"

    I'm really really enjoying this series and have listened to the first 3 books one after the other and can't stop. About to listen to the 4th because in true Jeffrey archer style there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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