The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war.’ But it will be another 20 years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
Only Time Will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume One takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford, or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany.
©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers
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About as sophisticated as a children's novel, with no depth to any of the characters.
"Simply brilliant made better by the narration"
What a fab listen. I was drawn in from the start by the excellent narration - shame it changes for the next one tho....,
Great story read through the eyes of the different characters. What more can I say but a great book and something completely different from my normal books - my only disappointment was that it ended!
Off to get the next instalment!
This came as a free gift from Audible.
I was overcharged - they should be paying me to suffer this drivel.
Emelia Fox introduces the story with an hilarious "west country" accent and Roger Allam makes a fair attempt, but he has little to work with.
The story is dismal dull. I persevered until chapter 3 but by then the cliches were so thick on the ground that I could stand it no more.
The cardboard cut out characters do not endere themselves and life is too short to waste any more time on this trash.
I was unsure in the first couple of chapters this was for me but so glad I continued! I loved it! What a fantastic book and fabulously read!
"easy enjoyable listen."
good characters some interesting historical mentions. enjoyed and am moving straight on to book 2
"Best read for ages"
Beautifully narrated and I can't wait to read Book 2. A perfect book to read on holiday - especially if on a plane or ferry as it makes time pass very quickly !!
I enjoyed this no end, at first I found the narrator a little one dimensional for me and felt the story needed a more animated teller but once I got into it and used to the delivery it was fine.
what I enjoy most about J Archers writing is it isn't bogged down with unwanted detail but you grasp the whole scene easily and it is a joy to read/listen to.
The end is a cliffhanger so on to book two for me!
"Good quality storytelling"
This is just what you'd expect from Jeffery Archer - decent story with a few well-defined characters. I've preferred the Ken Follets, but this is an enjoyable listen.
"Wish I could give it 10 stars!"
Certainly, but before I do I want to finish the rest of the clifton chorinicles series. I hope they are equally great!
Yes definitely. But life got in the way
Brilliant, I throughly enjoyed this book. I'v just downloaded the 2nd book, and can't wait to start listening.
Narrating by both Roger Allam and Emilia Fox top class.
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