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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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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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  • Penny
    Gajoubert, France
    11/5/11
    Overall
    "Not so Good"

    All the Geoffrey Archers I have read so far have been good reads. This one is not. Boringly predictable - too much like other books...

    I won't bother to read the rest of the story!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom
    10/14/11
    Overall
    "Waiting for Book 2..."

    I really enjoyed this book - great narration, great story. I bought it whilst I was recovering from illness and this really helped pass the time. I was drawn into the story and the people and the way their lives unfolded. A word of warning tho...at first I thought the first chapter was a different story (seeing JA does write short stories) but it is setting the scene for the main story of what happens some years later - an interesting insite - I enjoyed it - and await book two to see what happens later....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Frater
    Cheshire England
    10/10/11
    Overall
    "Sad"

    Enjoyed this. It was easy listening on holiday but for me it was a really disappointing sad end but maybe I got too involved with the character. I did think though that it was a very similar idea to one of his much earlier books. All in all a very predictable Archer book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Shifnal, United Kingdom
    9/19/11
    Overall
    "Were did the time GO"

    Why is it that Jeffrey Archer can drown you in his story writting so easily. This book was beatifully crafted telling the story of one main chatacters life from infant to yound adult. A fantastic story full of great characters I loved it - I listened until I had no choice but get out the car or miss the meeting. Great narration by Emilia and Roger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tansy
    Houesville, France
    9/5/11
    Overall
    "Can't wait for book 2!"

    Archer at his best... beautifully read by Roger Allam & Emilia Fox...when does the next book come out...can't wait to find out what happens!
    I listen to books whilst doing the ironing for our holiday rental business... the time shot by with this 'read' I found myself actually looking for ironing so I could carry on listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    8/19/11
    Overall
    "Another Archer Hit"

    I really dont want to like Archer but yet again he has lifted story telling to a new level. Cannot wait for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • christine
    morpeth, United Kingdom
    8/14/11
    Overall
    "Brilliant!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of Archer's latest book. The storyline was thoroughly absorbing and Roger Allam was marvellous at doing the voices. Archer keeps you hanging on until the end and leaves a cliff hanger at the end ready for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    8/1/11
    Overall
    "Another excellent listen"

    I have never been disappointed with Jeffrey Archer and this is an excellent book. I will be checking every day to see when the next volume appears - always assuming there will be more - loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Ringwood, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
    Overall
    "Leaves you wanting more!"

    A really good book that grips you right from the start and cleverly unravels the characters. A really easy enjoyable read, which leaves you hoping that Jeffrey Archer is hard at work writing the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kurt
    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    7/15/11
    Overall
    "Another wonderful Jeffrey Archer story"

    Couldn't stop listening. Another great Jeffrey Archer story. Wonderful characters and fast moving plat. Superb narration. Can't wait for the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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