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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Archer carries a narrative strongly and this ripping yarn is no exception. However he presents his characters descriptively -- we see their actions and hear their words rather than clearly picture them or understand their (repressed) emotions. This is underscored by allowing different protagonists to take up various threads of the story. His women are somewhat cliched nineteenth / early twentieth heroines as they play their roles as martyr, lover, upholder of what is Strong and True. But that works ok -- and, after all, it is is set in the first half of last century. Archer does make us care what happens to his characters and of course he creates compelling twists and turns in the plot. The sequel will be eagerly awaited. The readers were first rate.
The story is about an old theme of his in a new coat.
Not his follow up from this series.
So, so. Little bit dull.
No. It will be much of the same.
I love family stories and sagas, this once was a great one! Comparable to Ken Follett...
Old Jack Tar - it's nice to have an old misunderstood-by-most type of character
Sometimes I had the feeling that some parts of the book where missing - like a sentence stopping in the middle (but didn't impede the understanding of the book, and only happened once or twice at the beginning), but this problem would be due to technical issues, and not the story in itself.
Captivated me from the very beginning and couldn't wait to hear more and more. Excellent.
Matthew Flinders Cat. Both great stories and told in a way that keeps not only me but my husband enthralled.
Knowing that the main character may still be in the mix
One to watch
Hadn't read a Jeffrey Archer in years so thrilled to hear a great story. Reviews certainly count.
Not only is the story line thin, the same thin story is told from each main characters perspective. The characters are also one dimensional and not believable.
What a waste of listners time!
Found the story uninteresting and boring. Characters are unbelievable.
No but this author has.
Most boring narrator. He sounded bored with the story as well.
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