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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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!
"easy enjoyable listen."
good characters some interesting historical mentions. enjoyed and am moving straight on to book 2
"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 !!
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!
"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.
"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.
"Wish I could give it 10 stars!"
Certainly, but before I do I want to finish the rest of the clifton chorinicles series. I hope they are equally great!
Yes definitely. But life got in the way
Brilliant, I throughly enjoyed this book. I'v just downloaded the 2nd book, and can't wait to start listening.
Narrating by both Roger Allam and Emilia Fox top class.
"Jeffrey Archer great as usual"
Great story as usual, wonderful characters can't wait to see what happened to Harry and his family, I'm going to listen to the next book straight away
"What a master story teller"
I was hooked from the moment I started, kept me up late in to the night listing. Really looking forward to the rest of the saga!
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