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Only Time Will Tell Audiobook

Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life is never the same.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to a question: was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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.

From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes listeners on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life 100 years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the listener nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Jjohnson 10-21-16
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    The narrator was very good. My favorite character is of course Harry. Very entertaining . I love it

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    Faith E. 10-16-16
    Faith E. 10-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    I enjoyed this audiobook although I found it a bit predictable throughout. However, the central characters are likable and believable and the performance was well done so I do plan to continue on to the second book although maybe not right away.

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    Mark 10-02-16
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    I do not normally read fiction. Every once in a while I step out of my comfort zone and dive into something different. I do this in order to become a better writer. I am thankful that I listened to this book. I enjoyed Jeff Archer's extremely well written story.

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    Kelly watley 09-22-16 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..

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    "wonderfully written with exquisite narration"

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com." a real classic story.narrative was amazing.. takes a while for things to get rolling but it gets moving after that..

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    Ryan 09-15-16
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    "Greatly enjoyed the book"

    I very much enjoyed this book. The Author is an amazing story teller and dose a great job of introducing you to the subjects of his novel. The Author Leaves you wanting to know more and more with every new revelation during the course of the story. I felt transported in time to a different era and learned a few things about the culture and customs of the people of England during the early part of the last century. While simplistic in some ways the simplicity is welcome as its a relaxing, enjoyable story, I found it rather intriguing. I can't wait to get on to the next book.

    Yes, the good guys or just that good guys and the bad guys bad, but I like that fact. There is nothing wrong with heroes and villains in a well told story.

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    "Interesting & Heartbreaking historical drama"

    I was not sure that I could connect with this story . The main character rose from a difficult background with hard work, God given intelligence, a bit of assistance & patience which drew me in.
    Full of interesting characters, and an interwoven plot that draws you into another time and another place.
    Not my normal genre, but a story full of human emotion.

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    Steve Dalby Strijtem Belgium 09-06-16
    Steve Dalby Strijtem Belgium 09-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant to listen to"

    I have read all tue Clifton chronicles as soon as the books where released. I can only say it was a real pleasure listening to the first one again and an extra dimension to the written word.

    Tue next one will be downloaded shortly.

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    I loved Kane and Abel... This was a disappointment and hard to keep engaged with.

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    Bryant G. Tucker Hernando MS 08-23-16
    Bryant G. Tucker Hernando MS 08-23-16 Member Since 2015

    Zombie interfectorem

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    "Awesome story shites real yo I am throughly amused"

    mr. Archer is a very good storyteller as well as very entertaining and I love the time period set in this book

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    Amazon Customer Maricopa AZ 07-30-16
    Amazon Customer Maricopa AZ 07-30-16 Member Since 2013

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    I like complex stories such as this one. I had to be on my toes to keep in touch with what was going on because it kept jumping from character to character but that made it interesting. I also enjoyed the performance, accent dialect it all made it very real and interesting. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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