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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 07-01-11

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 08-07-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 06-16-11

Great story-telling

Jeffrey Archer certainly knows how to tell a story that keeps you listening and wanting to know more. It's a bit like a modern fairy story with set-backs and triumphs for the hero. We are told the story through the eyes of the main characters who tell us in turn their view of what happens as Harry grows from boy to manhood in the period from just after the First World War to the outbreak of the Second in 1939. There's quite a bit of period detail of life at this time sprinkled with historical facts that add to narrative. There's a certain old fashioned charm about the book that makes a pleasant change from all the modern detective fiction I've been reading/listening to recently. I can't wait for the next book in this story of Harry Clifton as this book ends on a cliff-hanger.
The two readers are very good. Roger Allam has a lovely gravelly voice that is a pleasure to listen to and he's pretty good at different accents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 01-27-12

A Surprise

I really enjoyed this book, the narration is excellent, and although the story isn't my usual reading material - I was absolutely gripped, and like some other reviewers I am now thinking - 'My goodness! How long must I wait for the next instalment?'

The characters were brilliantly drawn and I loved the way the storytelling switches between the main characters and one sees the story from differing points of view.

I enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's original books and bought this on the strength of those, however when I found that the story was of a different genre I was initially disappointed - but how wrong I was.

I really cared what happened in the lives of the characters, and cannot wait for the existing 'cliff-hanger' to be explained.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marisha Stone on 09-29-16

must read

the narration is awesome, great storyline. interesting twists and different characters speaking in the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 08-30-16

Really enjoyed the story

Loved it. So much in the book, like the characters. Looking forward to volume 2

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