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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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    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.


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

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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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    I can't wait for the next installment. The characters are great and the historical setting is interesting. Great Listen.

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    "Overall excellent."

    I love Jeffrey Archer. This is another example of his excellent story telling. I am looking forward to the other books in this series. It ends very abruptly which is why I left out one star on the story. The narration is excellent. There is an interesting style to this story as the story is re-told several times from the viewpoint of each of the main characters. Despite the fact that this is the same story, it keeps your interest up as you hear it from different viewpoints.

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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-25-11
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2015

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    "A great start to a series"

    I really enjoyed this book and am thrilled that there are other installments on the horizon. It's one of those books I will likely listen to more than once (not a usual thing for me), as it was THAT enjoyable. This installment centers around Harry Clifton, whose father (a dock worker) dies in a tragic "accident", gives interesting insight into the British class system and has numerous very well developed characters. While it's not a mystery/thriller, there are plenty of mysteries, plenty of action, and lots of interesting sub plots. A great first book in this new series! Looking forward the the next installment.

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    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 10-24-11
    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the best"

    I really enjoyed this book and am anxious to listed to the next installment. I am disappointed to see that there isn't a book 2 yet. The story was interesting and the narration was spot on.Hurry up with the next book,please

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    Kelly J. Grace Sacramento, CA USA 10-22-11
    Kelly J. Grace Sacramento, CA USA 10-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic storytelling from Archer!"

    May Sir Jeffrey live long and write continually. I can't wait for the next in this series. The plot is arresting, the characters engaging, and the story intoxicating. It is everything I look for in fiction and the narration enhances the experience. Plan a road trip or a home improvement project and BUY this offering.

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    hat to think how long we have to wait to hear more about Harry CLifton

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