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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 , with the chilling words, I was told that my father was killed in the war But it will be anotheryears 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 fromto , 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

14 thoughts on “Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Jeffrey Archer, Roger Allam, Emilia Fox, Macmillan Digital Audio: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Scarygirl Scarygirl says:

    I have only praise and worship for Jeffrey Archer, for this moving first volume of the Clifton Chronicles.As my all time favourite story teller, Archer did not disappoint with volume one of the torrid life of Harry Clifton and his sordid beginnings, which we can already see leading to strife, anguish, heartache and betrayal as he grows up.Sitting down to read this book, it was almost like someone had wrapped a cosy blanket around me and given me a steaming mug of hot chocolate, such is the warm glow that Archer s stories always give me.This is a man who knows how to tell a tale, both epic and short My preference is the endless epic, which I truly wish would never end.

  2. Paul S Paul S says:

    If you enjoy stories that span different generations and that provide you with different perspectives of the same events, then I think you will enjoy Only Time Will Tell , the first novel in the Clifton Chronicles seriesThe story spans the inter war years of 1919 1939 and focuses predominantly on the lives of three generations of two families, the Cliftons and the Barringtons Harry Clifton is the main character of this novel He is a talented young boy who comes from a poor family and whose father died in the Great War, or at least, that is what he has been told.The three things I particularly like about the story are its plot, its historical setting and its descriptive prose In the plot we see the same events unfurl from the viewpoint of different characters in the story At first I found this a little confusing and seemingly repetitive, but once I realised what was happening, it actually increased my enjoyment of the story In addition, there are a number of twists and turns in the plot, some of which caught me totally by surprise.Another aspect I enjoyed is that all the events occur in a period I can relate to not through personal first hand experience as I was born after the second world war, but through knowing people who had lived through the inter war years and having heard them talk about it Given some of the events that occur in the story, this personal connection added a degree of relevance realism for me.Finally I think Jeffrey Archer is a terrific story teller and I found it extremely easy to visualise the places, people and events he describes in this sweeping saga.However, if you decide to read this story, be aware that it ends on a cliff hanger, and you will need to read the next book in the series to see what happens next not that this bothered me as I was hooked from the opening pages and immediately downloaded all the other books in the series

  3. Kee Lady Kee Lady says:

    Until a work colleague recommended The Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer wasn t on my reading radar but I m so glad I picked this up Only Time Will Tell begins the epic tale of Harry Clifton s life covering its highs and lows, triumphs and successes Although not the most sophisticated of writers, Archer is undoubtedly a gifted story teller I struggled to put this book down and the dramatic cliff hanger ending has only left me impatient to get stuck into the next book

  4. E Griffith E Griffith says:

    It s a typical family saga beginning in the 1930s in Bristol with the interactions between the good old working class family and the not so nice gentry, all interspersed with snippets of historical events from the time It s written in a very simple style and tends to repeat itself a lot with the same incident being described from other people s points of view Although it s pretty obvious what s coming from the very beginning it seems rather drawn out with the story becoming implausible as events take another turn towards the end And the ending Well, although I knew this was the first novel in a series I expected it also to be a stand alone story before going on to the next novel I wasn t expecting a cliffhanger scene demanding me to purchase the next instalment to find out what happens Had the novel gripped me enough to do that I don t think so.

  5. Talk Tidy Talk Tidy says:

    I resisted buying Jeffrey Archer books for many years due to the financial scandal When this book was a only 0.59p on Kindle it was time to move on I am very glad I did as it is a lovely story of mistakes, friendship, trial, arrogance and love The story is about a gifted boy named Harry Clifton and his Mother Maisie fighting against the odds to ensure Harry gets the best chance in life This book spans Harry s life up to the start of World War 2 when people were expected to know their place in society I liked to idea of some of the characters telling the story from their perspective What I found particularly interesting was the feeling I had of being actually on the docks with Harry and sitting in Old Jack s railway carriage Having read 80 books this year, this would be in my top 5 I now have the other 4 Clifton books on my Kindle.


    The story is fairly straightforward but it is complicated and stretched by having the same events described from other characters points of view These extra descriptions also move backwards and forwards in time to really keep you on your toes Sadly this makes the tale feel very muddled when it is really quite simple The same story could have been told in about a quarter the number of pages and would have been much less confusing Presumably the author wanted a novel of the proper length and this was a good way to pad it out It does not make me want to read another in the series.

  7. Ankit Gulati Ankit Gulati says:

    A wonderful book to spend your weekend at home with This is the first volume of a six so far part series chronicling the life of the Clifton family This volume introduces the main characters Harry, his girlfriend, Emma and her brother, and Harry s best friend, Giles, and various others that pop in and out throughout the series.In this volume, we follow Harry from his early teens to his graduation from grammar school which in the US would be high school , which is shortly followed by World War Two.I made the mistake of starting with volume five, and then going back to the beginning, so it is easy to see how many of the conflicts Archer establishes in this volume set the stage for the narrative tension in the later books I highly recommend reading them in ordernot jumping around like me.I loved volume five, but this volume reads like what it is a book used to introduce characters, relationships, and conflicts which will be fully developed in later volumes So in that sense, this is my least favorite of the chronicles On the other hand, without this one, the remaining volumes don t work as well.

  8. Tushar M. Tushar M. says:

    This is the first book in Clifton Chronicles series.There are 7 books in this series.This is the story of Harry Clifton.The story set in Bristol, England,1919.Harry doesn t know exactly how his father, Arthur Clifton, died.From his childhood, he has been told that his father has died in War.But this isn t the case His mother, Maisie, is a waitress.She works hard for Harry s future since she wants Harry to get a good education so that he doesn t need to work at docks as his uncle, Stan, does.Stan is Maisie s brother He knows exactly how Arthur died Harry and his mother live with Stan.Stan works at docks under Hugo Barrington and his father Sir Walter Barrington.Hugo is a cunning businessman.He is a morally corrupt man, unlike his father.Is there any connection between Arthur s death and Hugo Barrington Meanwhile, Harry befriends Old Jack Tar who lives in a carriage at the docks.He is a lone wolf but he likes to talk with Harry.Does Old Jack know how Harry s father died Will he tell him There are so many twists and turns in the story.I really enjoyed reading the book.I am going to read remaining 6 books in this series.

  9. Hanif Hassan Hanif Hassan says:

    Book ReviewOnly Time will Tell The Clifton Chronicles book 1 By Jeffrey ArcherJeffery Archer is no doubt one of the best storyteller of our time That said his The Clifton Chronicles a 7 book series started with book 1 Only Time Will Tell back in 2011 The story is basically an about underdog character Harry Clifton and the dramatic developments around him throughout his life The backdrop of the story is in the 1900s on the onset of Second World War The first book is exceptionally good, with perfect plot and the fresh concept of narration.I have finished this book in a single fortnight and am hungry for , just ordered two books in the series A must read 1 2

  10. Toni Osborne Toni Osborne says:

    Book 1, The Clifton ChroniclesIf I would have listened to some reviewers I wouldn t have touched this book but I did not and I am happy I have ignored all those so so reviews In fact, I simply loved this story and found that Mr Archer delivered a page turning saga filled with twists and enough of a surprise at the end that I added book 2 to my library already I am so curious to see what comes next.The story revolves around the main character Harry Clifton, a boy growing up in the backdrop of docks in Bristol at the start of the 20th century The story is broadly divided into parts, each dedicated to characters who take the story forward from their point of view Harry, his mother Maisie, Emma Barrington, Hugo Barrington, Giles Barrington and Old Jack Tar They all have their secrets, game and deceit Young Harry has a beautiful singing voice and has the intelligence to further his education but without money he needed connections to gets through his schooling and to Oxford He had all the help to do so The first part of the book is pretty much the every clich you read about English boarding schools sadistic prefects, social snobbery, cruel mockery etc The prose is clear, smooth slipping along from page to page The dialogue is your everyday lines The driving force is the plot and the pace picks up fast when Harry gets out of school and so did my interest The author excels in doling out tiny crumbs of suspense and keeps the tempo up to the last page where it ends with a really excellent cliff hanger.I am not usually a fan of this kind of ending but here I make an exception.well done.This story will appeal to those who love smooth suspense with moderate action.

  11. Ame Ame says:

    I liked the story line and the way the book is written The setting is in the 1920s in England and is about a boy with a special gift He gets a scholarship to go to a private school where mostly kids from wealthy families attend His supportive mother struggles financially trying to see that he has the opportunity for this education.It is different as the author writes it from several character s points of view It is the first in a series I haven t read the second book in the series yet.

  12. sadovidsporn.co Customer - Toronto, Canada sadovidsporn.co Customer - Toronto, Canada says:

    I ve been looking for two years now for the Hardcover version of this book Initially, a friend loaned me Paperback, I thought it was amazing, and have ordered all subsequent six copies of The Clifton Chronicles When I received an email from a few months back making me aware Only Time Will Tell was available in Hardcover, I bought it There was a display showing all seven books, all the same size, and with the same format finish of Dust cover therefore, I made the mistake of assuming The version I received did not have a Dust cover, back front were a shiny finish, this version is not the same size, and print is enormous What can I say I m a bit of a book snob, in that I like all books, within the same collection, to be the same Obviously I can live with it however, I can t help but feeling I was duped.

  13. Sitharaam Jayakumar Sitharaam Jayakumar says:

    I am reading a book by Jeffrey Archer after a long time This book kept me interested and continuously turning the pages But unfortunately I found the story does not end with one book and is the beginning of a series I am not a person who likes to read a story stretching across multiple books But this book has managed to pique my interest enough to get me to buy the number two book in the Harry Clifton series which is The Sins of the Father Jeffery Archer writes in his inimitable style never allowing the interest to flag I liked the portrayal of Old Jack Tar s character A very good book I only wish it was just one book instead of a series However I look forward to reading the second book of the series.

  14. sadovidsporn.co Customer sadovidsporn.co Customer says:

    Dear Sir MadamI had read a lot of reviews for Clifton Chronicles so brought 3 books of the series from .Only Time Will Tell was spellbinding and unputdownable but as i reached the end i was dissapointed to find some pages blank, not printed.i tried to piece together the story but am frustrated as pages no 426, 427, 430, 431, 434, 435, 438, 439,442, 443, 446, 447 and 450 onwards.I want to read the other books of the series but am scared to be equally dissapointed.Pease see that these printing mistakes do not arise again and interrupt reading.A dissappointed reader.Smita Jagtap