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This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?

In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the cabinet secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

This Was a Man is the captivating final installment of the Clifton Chronicles, a seven-part series that has topped best-seller lists around the world and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller.

Longtime series narrator Alex Jennings returns for Archer's final installment of the Clifton Chronicles. On Be Careful What You Wish For, AudioFile says, "Alex Jennings's skillful narration deftly unveils the large cast of characters as they maneuver through the nonstop action...Jennings connects with each character for a satisfying, enjoyable listen."

©2016 Jeffrey Archer (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • 11-20-16

A fitting conclusion to an amazing series

Jeffery Archer will be heralded as one of the greatest novelists of our day. I never write reviews fearing that I will sound unintelligent and not wanting to waste the time of those who rely on these to determine whether or not to invest their time in a book. I decided to in this case because after completing this series I felt it was my duty to add my voice to the many others asking people to take the time. I can not find the words to describe my appreciation for this work and recommend it to anyone and everyone that happens upon it.

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Superb!

What a wonderful conclusion. Long and detailed. All the important characters had their bow. Thoroughly recommended.

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THIS was a series!!!

A friend mentioned the Clifton Chronicles to me several months ago. I downloaded the first audio book but didn't start listening until about 3 weeks ago. After 90 or so hours I managed to listen to the entire series!!! A lot of walking, driving, working out and late nights with my headphones on! I will miss all of these characters and the excellent narration! What an incredible series of books! I am so happy I could move seamlessly from the beginning to the end!

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What a fabulous end to a fabulous series!

This was a wonderful series! I followed the characters from beginning to end. I will miss them. Bravo!

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  • Wayne
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  • 11-12-16

Let's face it, this series should have been...

...at least two novels shorter. I was prepared to hate This Was a Man, but try as I may doing so was impossible. The highlight of the novel, indeed the highlight of the series, is Giles Barrington's eulogy to his lifelong friend Harry Clifton, the last 15 minutes of this novel. The best quote of many excellent ones from the eulogy, "He fell in love with my sister Emma. I thought he could do better."

The other books in this series all end in cliffhanger situations, so they must be read in order. The Clifton Chronicles are historical fiction starting in the 1920s and ending 7 decades later. It is a tribute to author Jeffrey Archer that t is easy to forget that Lady Emma Barrington Clifton and Harry Clifton are fictional characters.

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Riveting,Powerful, Heroic!!!

I've been a fan of Jeffrey Archer since Cain and Abel particle daughter and quiver full of arrows he never cease to amaze me how he can take a story and crapped it in such a way that you end up living it in every chapter you walk down every street you feel every anxiety and even unto death you feel the pain of a mother's sorrow. AJeffrey Archer novels allows you to feel the sweet Cool Breeze that comes over you while you're in the middle a walk through the Meadows. the Clifton Chronicles take you on a journey through the ages of time it didn't allows you to feel Victorious when you realize that you have met Margaret Thatcher and other great people of the Royal hiarchy. Giles Barrington takes you from the beginning to the end ...the story of the fearless,heroic, British Champion,Sir Harry Clifton!!!

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Addictive Series!!

Would you listen to This Was a Man again? Why?

I have listened to this whole series at least twice because I listen by myself, then I listen with my husband, and then we listen with our friends on long road trips. I don't like to have my friends listen to novels that I have not already listened to and know that they would love as much as I do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Was a Man?

I absolutely loved the Lady Virginia character and when she dropped the vases, I laughed out loud. Such fun and typically Lady Virginia vindictive!

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

Alex Jennings' perfect inflection for each of the characters made the entire series delightful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the heart-felt eulogy that Harry gave for Anatoly Babakov and, of course, the tear-jerking eulogy given by Giles for Harry at the end.

Any additional comments?

I have suggested this series to several of my friends and family and they all feel as I do. This was a gripping series that we couldn't wait until each new book was released.

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  • Betty
  • Evans, GA, United States
  • 08-17-17

Great

This is the last book of the series & does a wonderful job tying everything up. The storyline for these books was wonderful as you felt like you were a part of the Clifton family. If you like to listen to series this is for you. The only sad part is I'm finished. I very rarely listen to books twice, but this series may be an exception.

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World Class Storyteller

The character development created a visualization beyond the limitation of actors and motion picture screens. The format of time and interaction with actual events created a reality that rose from the words into our hearts and minds. Every possible human emotion was on display. Thank you Mr Jeffrey Archer for sharing your pen and genius. I also raise my pen in appreciation and gratitude.

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Amazing finish

best book in the series, the ending even made me cry and that doesn't happen very often. very much recommend this book and the series