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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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.
I don't know but I would expect this is so. The readers are British and terrific with various accents.
I liked it all. I guess the worst moment was when I feared Harry Clifton would die.
Their voices and their intonations. Very interesting... never boring.
I cannot wait for the subsequent Chronicles and I will get them all from Audible.
Absolutely it is a story that transcends generations, classes, and backgrounds.
Harry is an incredible character. He has the depth of a 40 year old man in his teenage years.
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.
The whole thing.
I am sold. I cannot wait for the rest of the series!
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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.
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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Both are excellent narrators that bring life to an excellent line up of characters.
Old Jack was my favorite character. He ended up tying all of the characters in the story together.
As I said before I cannot wait for the next installment of the Clifton Chronicles!
I highly recommend this book.
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.
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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