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Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.
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Publisher's Summary

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted - until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

©2014 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-06-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A blockbuster! Waiting for the next book!!!"
    Where does Be Careful What You Wish For rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the Clifton Chronicles, I would say this was one of the best so far. I really enjoyed it and it kept me riveted.


    What other book might you compare Be Careful What You Wish For to and why?

    I have nothing to compare this to as the Clifton Chronicles are unique to themselves.


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    I love Alex Jennings and his performance was a welcome addition to my enjoyment of this book.


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

    I found myself hating Pedro Martinez and what he stood for. There is a real "good guy bad guy" element to this story... There is the Emma Clifton and at the other end of the spectrum, you have an evil scumbag who has no scruples and no humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of this book was as sudden and unexpected as that of The Best Kept Secret and leaves no doubt that Mr. Archer is already working on Book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles. Bring it on!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-31-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The demise of a great, fun author"

    I used to LOVE Jeffrey Archer's books. Sure, not literature, but FUN, FUN, FUN. Surprising twists that MADE SENSE. Interesting characters. Could not wait for his next novel...

    That author is simply gone. Replaced by one who must be writing as fast as he can to make a quick million bucks. (I think I am done contributing to this particular fund.)

    The previous one in this series was mediocre. This one is even worse. Absolutely meaningless plot twists (not just hard-to-believe...MEANINGLESS. The story doesn't go anywhere.) The reviewer who said, "Where is this series going?" is totally right.

    There is also an annoying "love fest" with the upper class (save a handful of stereotypical Cruella Deville female characters that even the "upper class" knows to disdain). The narrator MIGHT be contributing to make their conversations DEADLY boring with his nasal inflections, but I don't think so--I think it is just ghaaastly writing.

    Avoid.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth M. Penson 03-26-14 Member Since 2015

    Ruth

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    "mediocre at best!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    very few...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    Yes, but it needs to be much better then this book was. What has happened to a very talented writer? This is more like a daytime soap, then an intelligently written book. This dribble seems to be a money grab by the author using his past successes to entice his readers to purchase more of his books.


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Jennings is a wonderful narrator. There should better material for him to narrate! He tries very hard to give life to these wooden character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Be Careful What You Wish For?

    I would not have cut, but instead added a recap of The Clifton Chronicles to refresh the reader. It's a year between each book. Does the author really believe one remembers who is who, details, character motivation or what transpired in the last books? I certainly did not. I think most readers do not. There should have been some refresher information included. For example, Mr. Archer never recounts why Martinez hates the Clifton family so vehemently. Thus, I never knew what motivated the villain in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is terrible.....one has to wait a year for the next installment, to find out what happens. I think I shall not bother!!!! It's just down hill dribble!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas h melohn 07-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The ending was a disapointment!."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Be Careful What You Wish For to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy Jeffery archer's books and liked this series very much but not the ending of
    The third book shocking!


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a very good job I would like to hear him again


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claycnst 05-27-14
    Claycnst 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm a big Jeffery Archer fan, but I must say that I don't like books with no ending! This one had no ending. If Mr. Archer wanted to set up a sequel, he should have given us some kind of closure. He did nothing of the sort this time.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the storyline and the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick O'Neal 05-08-14
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    "Wont be purchasing anymore of Mr. Archer's junk!!"
    Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Alex Jennings?

    NO!!


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    His inability to finish a story without making it a dreadful serial.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alex Jennings?

    Yes narration was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    somewhat interesting


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunate that Mr. Archer has fallen into what appears to be a common trait with writers these days of putting monetary values over literary ones. A cheap trick to lure others to continue paying for his horrid work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cook 04-19-14
    C. Cook 04-19-14
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    "Pure Archer"

    I'm such an Archer fan that you should know there's no objectivity in this review. Archer continues his wonderful story line. Just gets better and better. Love his writing; love his characters. Already I cannot wait for the next...stay healthy Jeffrey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-07-14
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Huh?"
    What would have made Be Careful What You Wish For better?

    Very long winded, without an ending? Very strange. It's as if the author decided to write every detail that ever existed in the world, but then suddenly got tired and ended the story.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    ending


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Be Careful What You Wish For?

    many were very long winded with way too much detail


    Any additional comments?

    huh? shaggy dog tail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maumu 04-06-14
    Maumu 04-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story line and writing.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    This book was not of the same quality of the first three Clifton Chronicles. It almost reads as if it were written by someone else. This story needs an ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 03-30-14
    Jessica 03-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This series should have remained a trilogy."

    I started this series with the first because I LOVE Jeffery Archer books. The first installment clearly stated that this would be a trilogy. It seems that he has decided to stretch it out to five(?) books. All the plots twists and cliffhangers worked previously but this one... Hmm. Overall, I liked it, but not as much as the previous installments. In the past books, I was really surprised were things went; the story worked well. This one, I saw exactly where the story was going to end, not too many surprises. I hope the next one comes out sooner and that it is the end of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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