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1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Lyn on 08-08-13

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the first two books of the Clifton series but this one seemed forced and awkward. I found the characters unsympathetic, the plot unrealistic and the narrative tedious.

If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

Easily the worst. I usually get sucked into his stories and carried along by the fast paced stories but this one dragged.

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

I found the narrator pretentious but competent and clear diction.

Any additional comments?

I hope number four will be back to the standard of the first two otherwise it sullies your initial positive impression of the series.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Garth W on 05-10-16

A bit of a soapie

Got tired of the soap opera feel of this series. I read 3 of the series in a row and this will be my last purchase. I may come back in years to come but I am over it at this stage. The story overall is entertaining and I would probably have continued if I didn't feel so "milked" by buying a set of chapters rather than a book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By josephine on 06-18-13

Good listen!!

Excellent story, really good plot line kept me hooked till the end. The narration and characterisation was very believable and I would quite easily listen to it a second time. Highly recommended!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 03-17-13

Oh No!!!!!

I have just listened to this, having waiting on tenterhooks for this sequel to be released! I felt quite uneasy in parts of the novel because I was so 'wound up' in the fates of our family that I could see disasters falling, and I became tense .......... having finished it over two days - I am now WAITING FOR THE NEXT PART!!!!!!



Really a gripping tale - I really care what happens to the Cliftons and the Barringtons .... Lots of intrigue, lots of clever plans - but now ..... How long until number 4.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tamara on 07-15-16

Another gripping listening experience 🎧📖👍

The third installment in the Clifton Chronicles audio book delivers another engrossing and engaging installment. Briliiant narration, plots that continue to twist and turn. You continue to be kept guessing on what will happen next. Broad collection of characters, but always easily identifiable. Keen to hear the next installment. Highly recommend!!! 🖑5 out of 5 on all fronts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 03-19-16

Gripping

Just could not stop listening until finished. Always another twist to the story. Very exciting.

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