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

Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?
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Publisher's Summary

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war.’ But it will be another 20 years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

Only Time Will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume One 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.

©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers

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  • Gail
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    11/6/11
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    "Fab!"

    Another fabulous Jeffrey Archer book. Brilliantly read by Roger Allam & Emilia Fox. Roger's voice is so mesmerising. I can't wait for the next Chronicle!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    9/2/11
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    "Chewing gum for the brain"

    I don't think Lord Jeff claims to be the greatest author since Dickens but this is as bad as it gets.
    His research appears to have been just plain lazy and the plot and story are an insult to ones intelligence.
    I know I appear to be in the minority but I feel I have to redress the balance.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • lesley currie
    8/29/15
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    I was unsure in the first couple of chapters this was for me but so glad I continued! I loved it! What a fantastic book and fabulously read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidsel M. Endresen
    7/23/15
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    "A good story - but also a bit distant"
    What did you like most about Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1?

    The fact that it is an interesting story about many people who are making an impact on each others ilves.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

    No, I have not


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

    Calm, steady voices. And the fact that they did not read too fast. They also lived out the text, not just red the lines.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled from time to time.


    Any additional comments?

    The main caracter, Harry, is just a bit too strange to me after finishing the book. We never get really close to him and what he thinks and what plans he has. But I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/11/15
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    "easy enjoyable listen."

    good characters some interesting historical mentions. enjoyed and am moving straight on to book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • margaret walters
    7/11/15
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    "Best read for ages"

    Beautifully narrated and I can't wait to read Book 2. A perfect book to read on holiday - especially if on a plane or ferry as it makes time pass very quickly !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pixie
    6/26/15
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    "Great listen"

    I enjoyed this no end, at first I found the narrator a little one dimensional for me and felt the story needed a more animated teller but once I got into it and used to the delivery it was fine.
    what I enjoy most about J Archers writing is it isn't bogged down with unwanted detail but you grasp the whole scene easily and it is a joy to read/listen to.
    The end is a cliffhanger so on to book two for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/21/15
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    "Fine. For what it is."

    Archer's attempt at Dickens. Roger Allam's narration is good. There are some interesting characters. But the dialogue is appalling. Poor Mr Allam, having to read such bilge! I stuck out to the end of the book but shan't bother with the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/12/15
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    "Good quality storytelling"

    This is just what you'd expect from Jeffery Archer - decent story with a few well-defined characters. I've preferred the Ken Follets, but this is an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Dubai, UAE
    6/11/15
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    "Ok but forgettable."
    Would you try another book written by Jeffrey Archer or narrated by Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ?

    I have avoided Jeffrey Archer's books for years but recently read "A Prisoner At Birth" which I thoroughly enjoyed, hence, giving this one ago. It is easy listening & well narrated.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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