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
"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.
"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.
About as sophisticated as a children's novel, with no depth to any of the characters.
"Beautifully read and beautifully written"
So good, I can't wait to download the next book.
Maisie, so honest and hard-working
The reading was spot-on, not sure the next book will be as good without Roger Allam
Great story, great characters
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.
If I had the time
"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 ...
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