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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"My favourite Archer book yet"
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.
Preferred Roger's performance, but I loved the characterisation they both brought to the work.
"Whose your father"
The first audio book I bought and loved it. I have now read all four books!
No particular favorite
"Keep them coming"
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
"Very enjoyable and well written"
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.
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!!!
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.
"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 ...
"Hate to admit it but......."
Jeffrey Archer has a knack of drawing you into his books and making you want to read more despite the writing not being the best you will ever read and Only TIme Will Tell is no exception. The characters become real very quickly and had me shouting at my i-pod on occasion especially at the baddies! I like the way he writes from the angle of different characters and that way you get more and more information and a different take on things the further you get into the book. I couldn't wait to download the follow on book of the Clifton Chronicles - The Sins of the Father - as soon as this one had ended. The only criticism would be the very obvious similarity between events and characters in some of his other books but I would definitely recommend.
"Ready for Book 2 by Sarah, Oxford UK"
Was intrigued by the new Clifton Chronicles and the first book does not disappoint especially if you enjoy this style of epic family drama. Entertaining characters who tell their stories from different viewpoints and the pace builds as the the plot develops to a cliffhanger of an ending. Really enjoy Roger Allam's interpretation of the characters as well. I have already downloaded the second book.
"A great read"
A really good read written in the usual Archer style. I cannot wait to listen to the second book.
A good ending to a not bad story, a bit corney at the end but it is what you expect off J A. it's a pity the world doesn't always have happy endings like these books, carry on writing Jef.
This is really well written and read. Its not endge of your seat stuff but a really nice story that keeps you intrested.
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