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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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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 03-19-12
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 03-19-12

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    "Sadly, not like the others"

    I should first preface this with I typically love Jeffrey Archer. However, this book was not his best. My first gripe is that the narrator was sub-par. Not a lot of inflection in his voice. It just seemed that he was "reading" the story, not living it. When your narrator is seemingly going through the motions, it shows!

    Next, the story line. For some reason, I found it mediocre at best. There were some parts that were interesting; however, as soon as I thought that "hey, this might be getting better", I was again let down. The story would drag again.

    I don't know if I can even read the next installation. I might just because he dangled out a cliffhanger. Overall, I was disappointed.

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    Arlo 02-20-12
    Arlo 02-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Engaging Story Well Told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Only Time Will Tell to be better than the print version?

    I don't know but I would expect this is so. The readers are British and terrific with various accents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Only Time Will Tell?

    I liked it all. I guess the worst moment was when I feared Harry Clifton would die.


    What about Roger Allam and Emelia Fox ???s performance did you like?

    Their voices and their intonations. Very interesting... never boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the subsequent Chronicles and I will get them all from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-17-12
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Archer Does it Again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely it is a story that transcends generations, classes, and backgrounds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry is an incredible character. He has the depth of a 40 year old man in his teenage years.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was but not one that I would want to mention without spoiling things. Archer does a fantastic job of of weaving in and out of different story lines.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sold. I cannot wait for the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann 02-05-12
    Mary Ann 02-05-12
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    "Great story albeit somewhat predictable"
    Where does Only Time Will Tell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    What other book might you compare Only Time Will Tell to and why?

    The Potato Factory


    Which character – as performed by Roger Allam and Emelia Fox – was your favorite?

    Maizie


    If you could take any character from Only Time Will Tell out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Old Jack


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the book set about 1940, Harry is read his Miranda rights. I don't think they were routinely read unti 1966.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bhavesh 01-09-12
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    "Nice"
    What did you love best about Only Time Will Tell?

    Looking forward to the next chapters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be great to read the details on old Jack Tar


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    01-06-12
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    "Hurry Up and Write the Next One!!"

    I loved this book. Great voices. Nice to have the changes in point of view. This is the first of 5 books planned in the Clifton Chronicles -- and I await the next. Mr. Archer, did you really leave the reader hanging on the cliff?

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    Amazon Customer 12-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Better than "The Winds of War""
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has been compared by others to


    What does Roger Allam and Emelia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both are excellent narrators that bring life to an excellent line up of characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Only Time Will Tell and why?

    Old Jack was my favorite character. He ended up tying all of the characters in the story together.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said before I cannot wait for the next installment of the Clifton Chronicles!

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Wm Bruce Ford 12-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Ok, just Ok"

    Readers will recognize the Archer formula. Hope the follow-on parts of the trilogy are better.

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    James E. Degnan Jr. Chicago 11-07-11
    James E. Degnan Jr. Chicago 11-07-11

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    "One of the most engaging reads/listens ever"

    Mr. Archer spins a great yarn, and nowhere has he done a better job than in the Cliftion Chronicles. I started listening on Saturday and finished on the way to work today and am sad the the book ended. I can't wait for the next edition of this saga.

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    Alfredo Dallas, TX, United States 11-05-11
    Alfredo Dallas, TX, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "It's simply another Jeffrey Archer's book! GREAT!"

    As always, many unexpected twists to the story but nontheless it doesn't let you get off the car. It's a treat, and I suspect the 4 sequels will be at least as good.

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