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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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Better than Book 1

Same engaging characters...less repetition, ready for Book 3! Great series for a long drive - strong performances.

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Master Story Teller

Wonderful continuation from the first Harry Clifton novel with an AMAZING cliff hanger! We'll Done!!!

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My newfound favorite series

Oh my goodness, this is the best book series ever! And I found it by accident! I'm a detail oriented person and the way Jeffrey Archer details the accounts of the main seven characters answers every last question I have. I was shocked at the ending and literally wanted to cry. I could not believe that he would end the book with a big fat question mark to the future of Harry's life when he had so many details previously. Man was I surprised and thrilled as I sat there in shock end the audio kept going to discover it's the 1st of a series. I immediately bought 3 credits and purchased the next book.

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Wonderful Audible Experience

Narration every bit as good as the first book in the series and a joy to listen to. Story just gets better and better.

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should be one book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book would have stood on its own with an end.

Has The Sins of the Father turned you off from other books in this genre?

It is like a soap with each book not finishing the story to get you to buy the rest. I bought the first one at a discount, but it isn't worth six buys to get the story.

Any additional comments?

Should sell all six for two credits.

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It's a Sit in Your Driveway Listen

Jeffrey Archer is an amazing story teller. The second installment in the series did not disappoint. The narration if first rate and the use of two narrators keeps it interesting. I found myself sitting in the driveway listening until my husband peaked out the window wondering if I was going to come in. Highly recommended.

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Not nearly as interesting as the first book

This almost seems to have been written by a different author. It was so predictable and average. The first in the series was exciting and surprising. I won't be reading the third book. I even predicted the cliff hanger at the very end and don't even care if I find out what happens. Disappointing.

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Book 2 Much shorter than book 1

I agree that the author is a very talented story teller. so much so that I finished this book in two days. I'll begin book 3 tonight, partially because the ending of "The Sins of the Father" ends with an even bigger cliff hanger than did "Only Time Will Tell".
I had an aversion the female narrators voice as she spoke for some of the minor male characters; too high pitched IMHO.

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The story continues !!!!

I have liked this story from the beginning. Jeffrey Archer is a gifted story teller. Can't wait to read the next episode.

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  • 03-02-16

A disappointing read.

Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ?

Not at this time. This one dragged on and on to a very disappointing cliff- hanger ending.

What do you think your next listen will be?

"Chickamauga" by Blair Howard

Which scene was your favorite?

Young Harry convincing the German commander to surrender.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sins of the Father?

The hearing at the end.

Any additional comments?

I am a firm believer that each book in any series should be able to stand on its own. This one does not. I am finished with the Clifton Chronicles.