On the heels of the international best seller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.
But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
No, I would not try another book from Jeffrey Archer. I wish I had read the reviews more carefully before starting with "Only Time Will Tell" because these books end in the most awful cliffhangers in an attempt to force you into buying the next book. I liked the first book so much, that I bought this one despite the frustrating cliffhanger - I love a good series. Because of the cliffhanger at the end of this one, though, I will not continue purchasing the series. Mr. Archer's story & the performance are both very good; however, I feel almost tricked with the way he ends each book by basically saying "if you want to know how the story ends, you must buy the next book".
Second book in the Harry Clifton Chronicles. I loved Only Time Will Tell, having read it last month. I couldn’t wait to read this book and was not disappointed. The characters continue to grow and develop, and the plot is mesmerizing. Good vs. Evil, class divisions, action, power, romance, all present. The next book I read will be the third in the series.
I'm stunned. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 of the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer, and was absolutely thrilled to discover it was a series. I couldn't even get through the first few chapters before I pulled the plug.
This must have been written in a rush. There was a lot of "well, Bob, as you know, I am your uncle and like you, I have blonde hair..." to fill the listener in to what happened in the first book.
I also felt the characters were a little too super human. All good or all bad. The main character Harry Clifton seems to find himself in a terrible predicament at the beginning of the book, and is way too polite in the midst of the injustice.
Meanwhile, another major character, Emma, leaps to the right conclusion in trying to solve a mystery on the first try. Her deductive reasoning skills seem to surpass that of the greatest fictional detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes. It's laughable.
I never made it past the first few chapters, so maybe the book gets better. For me, it annoyed me too much to carry on. I do realize the author has to catch the readers up on the events that led to the second book, but the way he goes about it is downright sloppy.
Big fat bummer, I was looking forward to the series.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
The first book in this series, "Only Time Will Tell", was well-written with great characters, interesting plot lines, and the perfect narration using both a female AND male narrator to seamlessly blend the two main characters accounts. (Well-matched narrators with quality recording production is the often overlooked cornerstone in well-produced audiobooks.)
So it was with great anticipation that I began the second installment of "The Clifton Chronicles". I'd already added all of the series to my Audible "Wish List" thinking that it would be another masterpiece in sweeping generational sagas, second only to John Galsworthy's series, "The Forsyte Saga". However, this book should have titled "NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE"! It is nothing more than 10 wasted hours, culminating in a lame kitschy cliff-hanger not worthy of a writer like Jeffrey Archer. This book is a long, disjointed, meandering tease written to get readers to buy Book 3. I wish I'd read the Audible synopsis of the third book which overtly and unabashedly reveals the secret and major conflict that took Archer 10 hours NOT to resolve in Book 2. I ended up skipping more than half of chapters, eventually going right to the last one, which turned out to be disappointing. If you've read Book 1 with its engaging cliff-hanger at the end, just skip this one and spend your credit or money on Book 3. As for me, stick a fork in me - I'm DONE with "The Clifton Chronicles"!
WARNING - SPOILERS:
Yes, I'd change a number of things.
Firstly, the way it ended - just as a major decision was about to be handed down - was rubbish. "Buy the next book", it said. I've read heaps of series, and none ended with such a tacky attempt at money grubbing. There should have been a resolution, and the next installment would have sold itself if the readers were truly invested in the characters. I was so angry, I returned the next installments which I'd already purchased, unread.
Hugo Barrington is a comic book villain. Surely that character could have been developed a bit better. I wonder if he had a moustache to twirl.
Next, Emma Barrington is a comic book heroine. I found the notion that, rather than "risk her relationship with Maisey" over reading a stupid letter that, as the mother of Harry's child she had every right to insist to see, she decided instead to train as a waitress and take a job on a ship going to America. Really. And declaring herself as "the mother of his child" in an era when such a thing was frowned upon... I realise it's not the fault of an innocent baby, but I can't imagine any family back then, especially in the British nobility, having been thrilled with a pregnancy which had a good chance of having resulted from incest. Word would have gotten out, somehow.
I couldn't help but wonder how Maisey managed to work her way up to manageress while being illiterate. Surely she would have needed to do staff rosters and such? Or are we not supposed to consider such things? And her romance/marriage seemed to come out of nowhere.
As far as I can recall, we never found out who was buying up all the land on Broad St. I thought surely there would have been some significance in it.
This series was to be my first of Jeffrey Archer. These two books were enough to have made it my last.
He could have developed characters better, and not left holes in the story. Oh, and there are much, much better ways to end a book than this cheap ploy.
i love how involved i found myself in this story (as well as the first book), caring for the characters, feeling what they felt. their heartbreak through their triumph.
i enjoyed seeing how everyone gets what they deserved, whether they are a protag. or antag. the ending was a very satisfying conclusion to both books.
alex was superb, and i enjoyed emilia's performance as well, though i kinda smiled to myself hearing her perform a texan accent. i'm from texas, and it was almost like myself trying to do a brittish accent. but they both acted out their (many) roles so well, that i found myself visually drawn in...that is to say that i could see these characters' actions in my mind.
very well read on both accounts.
i don't want to give specifics away, but somebody got what they deserved! lol
i have been generally listening to action/adventure books and legal thrillers, but these 2 books were a breath of fresh air. i want more! this story was very original, following characters from their childhood through adulthood. their lives and love are what i wish i had...i can't recommend this enough!
I'd been waiting for this book, a sequel to "Only Time Will Tell", and I was not disappointed. The readers do a great job of voicing the characters and Archer's plot is suitably complex and engaging. I had many "driveway" moments where I did not want to turn off the car but wanted to hear what happened next. While this is not Jeffrey Archer's best work, and many of the plot points are similar to previous books, he stills knows how to tell a good story.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The narrator was outstanding. The story was engaging. Not sure how I'm supposed to wait until the next book comes out!
Both voices were outstanding. Emilia's voice was soft and delicate... enjoyable to listen to.
Alex's voice was deep and intense.
Yes, I was ecstatic when Hugo Barrington died! What a creep.
This is a great series so far. Really looking forward to the next book to find out what happens to Emma and Harry.
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