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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"Great family saga"
Slow pace, very relaxing to listen to. Good plot can't wait to start book 2
"Enjoyed so much have purchased Book 2"
Definitely recommended - especially enjoyed having two narrators (male & female) which helped focus/switch between main characters - all blends nicely together and a real page turner .... looking forward to Book 2
Especially enjoyed the two voices which helped focus on the main male / female characters ... really easy listening thanks
Looking forward to Book 2
"loved it and i don't even like fiction!"
engaging, a page turner
the characters are all fully fledged. The story is unpredictable which makes it very moreish
No - this is light, easy listening, not the sort of story that warrants a second reading.
Old Jack - the wise old soldier giving valued counsel throughout the story.
Roger Allam - outstanding as ever (in fact I downloaded the title as I enjoyed his reading of another Archer book so much). Emelia Fox less so - the west country accents were a bit forced.
Even though it is a simple tale you can't help rooting for the underdogs - in this case Harry and his mother primarily.
As per the title, classic Archer. You don't need to think too hard, it is a simple enough tale effectively told but, basically, excellent entertainment. Well worth a listen!
"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.
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