The second book in Jeffrey Archer's highly acclaimed The Clifton Chronicles, The Sins of the Father takes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.
The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity - something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she'll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry - unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I too was disaappointed with the change in narrator but only because he was so good in the first book. However, you soon get used to the change and drawn into another absorbing tale. Archer is such a great story-teller, and I had several "this is great!" moments out loud, as I listened.
Possibly a little slow at times, but as you'd expect, the plot thickens further still and you really feel that you're getting to know the characters.
I loved this book and, as before, waiting impatiently for the next.
It took me a while to reacquaint myself with the characters from the first part of these Clifton Chronicles as it's a while since I listened to, Only Time will Tell. I should strongly recommend that you listen to the first part before this one as the story simple continues with no preamble and assumes you know who Maisy and her son, Harry Clifton, are as well as and Emma, Hugo and Giles Barrington, etc., all of whom who figure in this sequel, but their back-story is in book 1. This is not a stand-alone novel. It's a good listen with excellent narrations by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox. Archer is a very good story teller of old-fashioned, and none the worse for that, tales of honourable characters pitted against dastardly ones with lots of heroics and cliff-hanger moments on the way. Historical events of the Second World War are woven into the story. I enjoyed this book and, as it ends on a cliff-hanger look forward to part three.
The story is worthy of five stars, but I've knocked one off because of the dreadfully loud music at the start of each of the two parts that are an ear-splitting volume and had me tearing my headphones off.
Another great book from Jeffrey Archer - as good as the first - listened to the whole book in 2 days.
Typical Archer. Keeps you enthralled and entertained, page by page, right to the end. Just hope he can maintain this level of interest through the next 3 books. A big challenge.
So good the only reason for me to want it to finish was to get to book 3! I loved the differing perspectives of the various characters. A really great follow on from the hooks in the first of the series. I am now listening to the next installment and to think it all started with a short trip to Weston Super Mare!
Story moves along and is engrossing, but on far more occasions than the first book, descends into melodrama and is pitched at a very naive level. It all just sounds made up (yeah, I know, it's fiction, but it just gets a bit ridiculous). Performances are on the whole good and fun, but marks of for the most horrific American accents. You wouldn't really regret getting this for a long car ride or plane journey, but you'd also have the feeling you could have got something better.
A more original and believable storyline
The "soap opera" way it has been written. I knew every storyline and every recurring character who turned up from Bk 1 before it happened.
The narrator did well - but I was disappointed Roger Allam did not continue the series. Neither can do a proper Bristolian accent though!
Disappointment. The first book in this series kept me wanting to know more, even though that storyline was a somewhat predictable, too, which is why I wanted to continue with the series. But this book is just awful. It is so corny in places, and there are so many times when it is obvious that Archer could not even be bothered to do some proper research, that I just could not go beyond the first part.
Too predictable, inaccurate, unbelievable and ridiculous story lines. Not a book that I would recommend to anyone.
I loved the first book in these "chronicles", but this one lost me in the early stages. I never give up on a book, so I trudged on through to the end. However, it didn't really improve. I have since read the third book and that is a slight, though not huge improvement. I thought originally it was to be a triligy, but it now appears that there will be more as the end of the third book is also something of a predictable cliff-hanger. Not sure I will bother with any sequal to this.
"First Sentence: My name is Harry Clifton"
This is the second installment in the Clifton Chronicles. As the first one, Only Time Will Tell, it is a true page-turner – if you can say that about an audiobook? It’s a fast-paced read, the plot is full of twists and turns, and ends with a massive cliff hanger, and the characters are neatly divided into good guys and bad guys. And that can be very nice. It was a bit unrealistic from time to time – I won’t say how as it will reveal too much. But if you’re just looking for some good entertainment without making an effort yourself, this is the book for you.
There are many reasons why Mr. Archer is such a successful author. This series is but one.
Story is good and enjoyed the characters. Can't help feeling duped by the clearly commercial way the many books are laid out. The value per book is undermined as a result. I have bought the next book though so I guess getting all the spend you can out of your reader works! Leaves a negative feeling though.
yes it was a pretty good story read by emilia and alex it was a change to listen too
possibly amok differant narrator to differant characters
emma by emilia and harry by alex
i did listen in one sitting on long trip
"amazing book :)"
i can say it in one word A m a z i n g !
Undoubtedly amoung one of the best.
The finale had me sitting on the edge of my seat and we still don't know what happened.
Clear articulate and lovely voices to listen to.
Don't miss it you'll love it!
A wonderful read and I can't wait for the next part of the Clifton Chronicles.
1 negative, the story is not finished, is there to be a following book???
with my condition, Eye operation I had no alternative
Is there to be a following book???
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