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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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    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
  • 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
  • Jeanette
    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
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