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The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2 | [Jeffrey Archer]

The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Brenette 08-11-12
    Brenette 08-11-12
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    "Expect 3rd to be a Charm"

    I am glad I listened to it, but this one was harder to get through than the first one. It seemed to drag on in parts. The first one was more of a page turner for me. I am anxious for the 3rd.

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    John W. Wilcox Tampa, FL USA 08-10-12
    John W. Wilcox Tampa, FL USA 08-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Harry Clifton returns"
    What did you love best about The Sins of the Father?

    The amazing courage of Mazie


    Which character ??? as performed by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ??? was your favorite?

    Mazie


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next volume in this intriguing series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    just me Orange County, CA USA 08-06-12
    just me Orange County, CA USA 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It turned into more of a soap opera"
    Was The Sins of the Father worth the listening time?

    No. I stopped at the second book in the series and wish I hadn't invested the time in the first place. A coming of age became a soap opera and just didn't hold my interest. The reading performance was superb, but couldn't fix the fact that I was in the wrong genre.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Hirschfield 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "love this series but disappointed in ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Jeffrey Archer and I loved the first Clifton novel. I was disappointed in the ending although I know there will be 3 more books. I feel that we've been treated like this is the end of a tv series for the season and they left you with a cliffhanger. I believe there could have been a more autonomous ending that would just make the reader look forward to the next book. Ken Follett wrote Fall Of Giants and had a satisfying ending although there will be 2 more books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I believe this was a lazy ending


    What about Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performance did you like?

    The performances were great. I felt the characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linden Moose Jaw, SK, Canada 06-20-12
    Linden Moose Jaw, SK, Canada 06-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Archer is a story teller"
    Any additional comments?

    Archer delivers in his far reaching new series and leaves this listener eager for the 3rd installment. The stories told from different viewpoints is a nice touch to his mastery of weaving a believable and connective tale. I am a true fan of all his works and dearly afraid that soon I will run out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Allentown, PA, United States 06-17-12
    Dorothy Allentown, PA, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Some weaknesses, but fascinating overall"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to those who had read or listened to the earlier title, Only Time Will Tell. It would be extremely confusing to start the Clifton Chronicles with Sins of the Father as so little backstory is given. Having finished that title, most listeners will be eager for the next installment as I am for the third one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Clifton is the center of the tale and maintains our interest throughout.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Both narrators are good, although it was startling at first to realize that the male narrator wasn't the same in Sins of the Father as in the earlier Only Time Will Tell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but to describe them would make me a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting story, an involving family chronicle which reminded me of Ken Follett's Fall of Giants---the two books cover the somewhat the same time period and both series intend to give a picture of the 20th century through the lives of various families. Archer didn't dwell on the realities of war to the extent that Follett does, but they both have longer tales to tell and it's all right that we don't stay on the battlefield too long in either one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Silvia 06-16-12
    Silvia 06-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Archer has done it again!"

    Archer has done it again. I have read several books and Jeffrey Archer always delivers a good read. Whether it’s a stand-alone or book in a series, Jeffrey Archer keeps the reader’s attention. This book could stand on its own; although it is the second in a series. It has unusual twists and turns throughout the plot and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. I found myself always cheering for Harry and Emma, regardless of whatever plight they were in.

    As always with his books, I have already looked up the expected date for the next book to be out and all I can say is … please, Mr. Archer, HURRY!!!

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    Lakisha 06-15-12
    Lakisha 06-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Compelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sins of the Father the most enjoyable?

    I loved how the book told the stories of each of the main characters individually. the parallel timelines are so much fun to listen to. Having two narrators take the male/ female roles also made it pleasant to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maisie Clifton. I really like this woman. She never gives up, and her perseverance is an inspiration to the characters in the book, but also to the listener. Wow!


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Maisie Clifton.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. I listen to audiobooks in the car and at the gym, and this book kept me on that elliptical machine much longer than I usually am, and when I got home, I would actually sit in my car in the garage to listen to "just a few minutes more".


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know how I am going to wait for the next one. archer left us quite the cliffhanger at the end of this book, and I am impatiently waiting for the next book to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Toland Cushing, OK 06-10-12
    L. Toland Cushing, OK 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging trillogy"
    What did you love best about The Sins of the Father?

    Engaging characters with a story that has a lot of twists and turns that takes place in an important period of our history. I also love the fact that good seems to always prevail in the end.


    What other book might you compare The Sins of the Father to and why?

    Glass Castle was actually a memroir instead of fiction. However, like Glass Castle the main character struggles against overwhelming odds & difficulties. It has you rooting for them to rise up and persevere in the end, which they do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Emma confronted Jelks and won! Emma was an admirably strong woman. In real life she probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish what she did in a fictitious life. But that's what's great about fiction, it can be anything you want it to be.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, chuckled and couldn't turn it off when I got to work. I would sit out in the parking lot and listen until I HAD to go in.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the final installment of The Clifton Chronicles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Boulder, CO, United States 06-03-12
    Leslie Boulder, CO, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story teller"
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    I can't understand the negative comments about this series. It is a great listen. It's in a series, so naturally, one is left wondering what is coming next. The writer is great at building and keeping the suspense going!

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