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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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    Annette L. Hasten 11-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    Narration was wonderfully correct. Plot with several twists to keep the listener engaged. Surprise ending that leaves you wanting more. Well written.

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    Malenda J Pugh 11-08-16
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    What a great story and performance. I can't wait to dig into the next one!

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    George Edwards 11-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    This was free on audible. Never Heard of the author nor was inclined for this type of story but it was very interesting. It's like one of those BBC shows that you unintentionally become addicted to. Like Downton Abbey. To be sure, the story was quite a bit different but it does have some nice English to it. I am an American and you can tell by this view that I've already been influenced by the dialogue.

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    "It's A Five Book Commitment"

    This is the first time I have read Archer. I am hooked! I can't wait to start the second book in the Clifton Chronicles.

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    Georganna 11-03-16
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    What would have made Only Time Will Tell better?

    Plot was predictable and every character was shallow stiff as cardboard.Make them be real people with a bit of understandable motivation, please


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else.


    What does Roger Allam and Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm sure they were good narrators, but it was mundane, uninspiring material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Only Time Will Tell?

    The whole darn thing.


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    I purchased this book because it was free. It was fabulous. The story and performance were enjoyable. I am hooked and will be purchasing the next book in the series.

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    What a wonderful surprise this book (and now the series) has been. I came across it by chance and thank goodness I did. Listening to the same story from the different perspectives has been so refreshing! I'm looking forward to all the books in this series.

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    Terry Blairsville, Ga. United States 10-30-16
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    Archer never disappoints. Was unable to stop listening. Loved all the characters. Could not have predicted the end. Had to purchase the second book in the series immediately.

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    S. Swanson 10-29-16
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    I had no idea I would fall in love with this story but I have.
    When excellent narrators are blessed with excellent stories, ear-readers get lost in vivid imagery so complete they forget it's not real. This is one of those stories. I've listened to enough to feel confident in saying that this is worth buying and even better, saving a credit for. And learning it's the first in a series...I know where my next credits will go!
    Dear author, thank you for an unforgettable story. Dear narrators, clearly your hearts were in it to make me lose myself so completely; thank you for capturing the essence or possibly drawing it out even more than through reading.

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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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