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The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war.’ But it will be another 20 years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

Only Time Will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume One 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.

©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers

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Captivant!

Une histoire de collégiens assez prenante , un lecteur parfait... y compris pour améliorer notre anglais car très compréhensible... bref ! Un plaisir !!

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  • Jane
  • 01/07/2011

A ripping yarn

Archer carries a narrative strongly and this ripping yarn is no exception. However he presents his characters descriptively -- we see their actions and hear their words rather than clearly picture them or understand their (repressed) emotions. This is underscored by allowing different protagonists to take up various threads of the story. His women are somewhat cliched nineteenth / early twentieth heroines as they play their roles as martyr, lover, upholder of what is Strong and True. But that works ok -- and, after all, it is is set in the first half of last century. Archer does make us care what happens to his characters and of course he creates compelling twists and turns in the plot. The sequel will be eagerly awaited. The readers were first rate.

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  • diana mackenzie
  • 27/02/2019

excellent storyline

it was superb in every way especially for an 80 year old readers...hope the saga continues in audibles

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  • Carol
  • 07/08/2012

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Captivated me from the very beginning and couldn't wait to hear more and more. Excellent.

What other book might you compare Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 to and why?

Matthew Flinders Cat. Both great stories and told in a way that keeps not only me but my husband enthralled.

Which scene was your favorite?

Knowing that the main character may still be in the mix

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One to watch

Any additional comments?

Hadn't read a Jeffrey Archer in years so thrilled to hear a great story. Reviews certainly count.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/02/2019

great listen and a good story

it is always easy to listen to a book when you like the narrator. it makes a great story even better. such is the case here. cant wait to listen to the next one.

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  • AR
  • 13/12/2018

Great Story Excellent Rendering

The potentially banal story is beautifully told. It is a unique experience to read a penny novel told by a master.

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  • jennifer smith
  • 26/12/2016

Great read!!

Beautifully narrated. Good story. Well defined characters. I'm looking forward to sequel of this book!

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  • Tracey
  • 06/05/2015

only time

What did you love best about Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1?

it was a good story with the characters shown from there sides of the story

What did you like best about this story?

old jack he is good

Have you listened to any of Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no i haven,t

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

only time and truth can tell

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  • Barbara
  • 12/05/2014

These are not individual books!

Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ?

After Kain and Abel always - these books are drawn out incomplete sequals, not complete books and as such boring and VERY pricey for a very average drawn out story. NO I have no interest in hearing the rest of it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Am already listening to Ken Wilber and reading Jojo Moyos

What aspect of Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was OK, the storyline is the problem

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1?

The whole book needs a 20-40% or more condensation, too drawn out and painful.

Any additional comments?

My last Jeffrey Archer! - life is too short to read this.

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  • elly
  • 05/11/2012

Not his best ever

What did you like best about Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1? What did you like least?

The story is about an old theme of his in a new coat.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not his follow up from this series.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

So, so. Little bit dull.

Do you think Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It will be much of the same.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 17/09/2012

Great saga

What did you like best about this story?

I love family stories and sagas, this once was a great one! Comparable to Ken Follett...

Who was the most memorable character of Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 and why?

Old Jack Tar - it's nice to have an old misunderstood-by-most type of character

Any additional comments?

Sometimes I had the feeling that some parts of the book where missing - like a sentence stopping in the middle (but didn't impede the understanding of the book, and only happened once or twice at the beginning), but this problem would be due to technical issues, and not the story in itself.

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  • bookaholic
  • 08/04/2014

Solide Unterhaltung

Spannende Lebensgeschichte, wirklich gute Unterhaltung, die einen fesselt, aber auch keine Begeisterungsstürme. Wer Ken Follet mag, wird auch Geoffrey Archer mögen.

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