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Only Time Will Tell Audiobook

Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "Loved the story and characters."

    Great story. I love the way the author Tells the story through different characters. Keep my attention. I can't wait to start the next in the series.

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    Kmanaz 02-19-16
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    This book has some amazing characters that you will fall in love with. I find them to be so authentic and believable. It's a positive and uplifting story.

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    I could not stop hearing the book once I started. Great story and wonderful reading by Roger and Emilia.

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    "Great book😀"

    I loved this book!!! I can't wait to start the second one in the series ! I feel like I know all the characters I'm so glad there's so many books to continue the stories of their lives!

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    "Don't Start this series."

    Everybody dies in the end. I'm really sorry I wAsted my time and money on this series. The author is a lazy cad.

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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a great storyline. The characters were great too. You basically listen to Harry grow up from several points of views.
    This book reminds me of Ken Folletts trilogy.
    I look forward to listening to the whole series.

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    "NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR"

    I absolutely fell in love with this book. COULDN'T stop listening! Highly recommend, smooth narration.

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    bebe South Carolina 02-12-16
    bebe South Carolina 02-12-16 Member Since 2009

    English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.

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    Archer has a talent for writing books that grab and hold the reader/listener's attention. The story is interesting from page one. Harry Clifton is a very smart and talented child in England. He is from a poor home and his father is deceased. This first book begins when Harry is four or five years old, goes through his school years, and ends when he is about 18 years old, but the story is not finished. My criticisms are: (1) Be ready to read or listen to the rest of the books - book one leaves you hanging and the reviews say that the rest of the books also leave the listener hanging, (2) everything bad that could happen, does happen - it is very frustrating and aggravating, (3) there are just too many evil people involved in the story line. Praise for the book, other than the fact that the story is riveting, is that the readers are good and there are also some very good suppporting characters in the storyline. I like "Jack Tar" the most. He lives in an abandoned train car at the dock yards and you know from the beginning that there is a big story about him that is to be revealed..

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    "Excellent family / class battle saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story pulls you in from page one.


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

    Love the telling of Harry's first days of boarding school.


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

    Love the narration, the male voice is like butter!


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