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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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  • 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!

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  • 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
  • Robert
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom
    7/13/11
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    "Archer Master Storyteller"

    This is an excellent audiobook, its easy to listen to, very easy to follow, and really is Archer at his best as a story teller. The ending is of course the teaser for the next book, which Archer I believe referred to as his pension for the future. I don't blame him if you can write a tale like this, and look forward to the next installment. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it may not be hip to claim to enjoy JA, or intellectual enough, but thats tosh and nonsense as this was a great way to spend 12 hours in the car. Well done Jeffrey Archer. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Warwick, United Kingdom
    7/11/11
    Overall
    "What a tale!"

    Loved it, from the beginning to the end. Not hard to guess the plot as it moves forward, but a great story and really well read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norman
    George, South Africa
    7/8/11
    Overall
    "Brilliant----Cannot wait for Book 2"

    This is Jeffrey Archer at his very best. Weaving a chronological tale in timed stages with the principal players coming in to insert their accounts of the events experienced by others, each time with new slants and twists of the tale. We found it very difficult to interrupt our listening and we are now left anxiosuly waiting to see what happens to Harry Clifton. For the older person this is a very accurate reminder of the life of his childhood in the period before the '39 conflict and for the younger persons an excellent history lesson. We cannot wait to experience the interpretations of the war and subsequent periods of our youth. When will JA produce the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Tamworth, Australia
    7/7/11
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    "A Real Cliffhanger"

    Being a recent convert to audible books and Jeffrey Archer as an Author, everything I read of his work gets better and better. I couldn't stop listening to this one as it kept me enthralled chapter by chapter. As for the ending - such a shock. Now I can't wait for the next book in the Clifton Chronicles series to be available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glynis
    haverhill, United Kingdom
    6/18/11
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    "cant wait for the next book"

    always liked jeffrey archer's books & this one didn't dissapoint. cant wait for the next book. wonder how far into writing it jeffrey archer actually is? was really glad when this book was made into an audio book so soon after being published. was thinking us audio reader's might have to wait a while for it. i prefer to listen these days (i drive a lot) the narrator/s are excellent. i won't go into the story - suffice to say if you like a good yarn this won't let you down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    LONGFIELD, United Kingdom
    6/13/11
    Overall
    "Long wait for the next volume"

    A typical Jeffrey Archer tale of intrigue, likeable charaters and plenty of twists. Reminded me a little of "As the Crow Flies". Not his very best but still an enjoyable read and the cliff hanger at the end will encourage all readers/listeners to come back for the secong saga in a year's time.

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