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This Was a Man Audiobook

This Was a Man: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

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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    TP 11-20-16
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    "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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    Jeff Wedgwood Bellevue WA, USA 11-28-16
    Jeff Wedgwood Bellevue WA, USA 11-28-16 Member Since 2015

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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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-12-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-12-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "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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    "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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    Michaelw 05-18-17
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    "Spectacular series comes to a close?"

    What a fantastic journey through the 20th century! Archer really allows you to bond with these characters. Please read the series in order, and preferably without interruption. You will be richer for the journey. Thanks Jeffrey!

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    zaraeva 05-16-17
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    It was - like any other books of Archer- exiting, excellent story. I'm a little bit sorry about of the end , but hopefully waiting the next brilliant novel of the author.

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    "The End. Boo Hoo."

    We have listened to every one of the Clifton Saga books. This lived up to our expectations. A great series.

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    "A Tour de Force"

    Thoroughly enjoyed all 7 books of the Clifton Chronicles - Jeffrey's writing and Alex Jennings' mastery of many different voices within the stories brought it all to 'life' - coupled with my personal knowledge of all the places in England - as an expat Brit. I enjoyed the story so much, I am reading them all again.

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    Marsha Lipps Scottsdale, AZ United States 04-25-17
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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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    N Don Brown 04-25-17
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    "The best of soaps"
    Where does This Was a Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In top 5 at least


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Took me a few days to realize it was the last. I am sure the author tired of them but as a fan I could just about start over again!


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


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

    Not really .. it is smooth story telling at its best


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