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Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 Audiobook

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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  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    11/16/15
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    "Once upon a time for adults"

    This gets you hooked early on, finishes on a cliff hanger, so you are compelled to buy the rest of the chronicles, what an excellent money spinner for you Mr Archer.

    Needless to say its a good story, and hats off to the narrators who bring the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pet
    10/24/15
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    "First part of a series"

    I did enjoy this, I care for and believed in the characters. I was disappointed it was left at the end as a to be continued, felt cheated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ClareBC
    Ireland
    10/15/15
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    "Awful hokum"

    About as sophisticated as a children's novel, with no depth to any of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GMJ
    5/10/14
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    "Beautifully read and beautifully written"
    Would you listen to Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 again? Why?

    So good, I can't wait to download the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maisie, so honest and hard-working


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

    The reading was spot-on, not sure the next book will be as good without Roger Allam


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    4/27/14
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    "Great story!"
    What did you like most about Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1?

    Great story, great characters


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

    I think Roger Allam is simply perfect at putting across the story and the different characters. Emilia Fox is sensitive with female characters but a little weak with male voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    3/20/14
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    "My favourite Archer book yet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, particularly if they'd enjoyed previous books by the author. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and I couldn't wraith for a free minute to listen to some more.


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

    Preferred Roger's performance, but I loved the characterisation they both brought to the work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindy
    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    3/17/14
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    "Whose your father"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    The first audio book I bought and loved it. I have now read all four books!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No particular favorite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Esher, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Keep them coming"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    This set of books is fabulous (although you could listen to them as stand alones I would recommend buying the set and start with the first.) They are a true saga that spancs generations of the same families and see's excellent charecter development and good attention to detail. It is easy to ampathise with the charecters and you will develop firm favourites! The narration is excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanne
    Rungsted Kyst, Denmark
    11/12/13
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    "Very enjoyable and well written"
    What made the experience of listening to Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    A fantastic book. It was very hard to put it away. I am happy to know that there are still two more books and one more coming next spring. It is a wonderful listen - beautifully read by the two narrators, Roger Allam and Emilia Fox.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book changes the angle of the text, so you hear the same story from different points of views. This is made very clear by the two narraters, who reads the story beautifully!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    Any additional comments?

    I would compare the book with Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet Chronicles, but even better.
    Don't miss this book! I am looking so much forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kimmidp
    brussels belgium
    6/9/13
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    "1st Archer book for me ..."

    randomly chosen for no particular reason...
    but i highly recommend i was captivated from the off, got into the characters,
    the setting, the plot quickly
    left wanting to know more ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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