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Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....
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From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life is never the same.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to a question: was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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.

From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes listeners on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life 100 years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the listener nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Have been waiting for a new Jeffrey Archer book for a long time and this did not let me down.

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    Like all of his previous novels, Jeffrey Archer crafts an great story. I can't wait for the sequel.

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    This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible. The story is well written and the characters well developed. You love some of them and despise at least one. It is historically interesting as well. The narrator is superb - reminds me of Anthony Hopkins. The other narrator has such a small piece I barely remember her - but she certainly did not detract from the story as many narrators can do. I hated to turn it off and couldn't wait to get back to my book. It is a long book - but didn't last long enuogh. I so hated to see it end and can't wait for the sequel. I hope the same narrator reads the sequel!

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    This was my first Jeffrey Archer book -- what a joy it was! I enjoyed the story and characters, and look forward to the next installment. I liked the way the author first told what happened, then later explained why it happened, as well as giving the perspective of various characters. In addition to that, I loved the narrator! He has a wonderful voice, and didn't rush the material, which I sometimes find with narrators -- I never had to go back and listen to a part again just to figure out what was said. The narration was clear and thoughtful, without any annoying character voices (a pet peeve of mine). I will explore other books read by this narrator, while I wait for the next book in the Clifton Chronicles.

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    Great story with readers who kept you in the action. The twist and turns keep things interesting and keep you reading. Can't wait for the next book... wish I'd found this much later so it wouldn't be so long until the next. Archer is a wonderful story teller, every charector comes to life.

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    Great listening experience;great narrator. Jeffrey Archer must never sleep as he is always writing and re-writing,in longhand,of course. Thank you, Mr. Archer, for taking your work so seriously as your readers and listeners certainly reap the rewards.

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    Great novel that sets the stage for what surely will be a collention of Archer's greats. Loosely autobiographical, this book gives much insight into the author himself. Warm, heartbreaking, and enjoyable. Can't wait for book 2.

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    This was a good story of how a young English lad makes the most of his singing talent and brains with the help of his Mom and friends. It was interesting to hear the same situation described by the various characters. However, after the four telling I just wanted to get on with the story and forget the retelling. The ending was a little predictable and will lead in to book #2.

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    I finished listening to this in 2 days because I binge listened instead of rationing myself. I believe it was because I was addicted to the evilness of Hugo and finding out the next diabolical thing he'd devise to make me loathe him even more. But it's a great story all-around and performed extremely well. Like other listeners, I can't wait for Book 2. Well done!

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