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-ba..Show More »cks 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.
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 d..Show More »rawn 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.
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 s..Show More »o '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.
This is the third part of the the author's Clifton Chronicles. I advise listening to the two earlier parts first as you'll get more from this book kn..Show More »owing the backs-stories of the characters. There are a few allusions to events in the previous books but I don't think I would have understood the significance if I hadn't listened to them, though it did take me a few chapters to get into the swing of things as it's been a while since the last book was published.
Jeffrey Archer certainly knows how to write a gripping story as I couldn't stop listening to this good old-fashioned tale of bad versus good people. Set in the late 50s and early 60s it evokes the era as real people are intermingled with the fictional characters. The upper classes and working-class men who have made good are portrayed as the heroes and the baddies are criminals from Argentina or ex-Nazis. Bankers are portrayed as exemplars of probity: ah, those were the days! It reminded me of John Buchan's style of daring-do with fine up-right British men pitted against wicked foreigners.
The author's experience gives realism to how government was run and the political figures of the day. There are lots of factual details about life in those times that add pleasure, especially for those of us who remember those days. However, the main thing is that this is a great story with many cliff-hanger moments as the two sides battle for supremacy. I guess that it will have a sequel: I can't wait.
Alex Jennings is one of my favourite actors and he's a terrific narrator with a vocal range that includes foreign and regional accents, different genders and ages so that I felt I was listening to the characters as the story unfolded.
If my memory serves me correctly this was originally a trilogy, then it became a chronicle, with 5 parts. BUT this book has again been left on a cl..Show More »iff hanger that points to another one in the series, I find this really annoying and doubt that I will bother with the next one as I feel I am being taken for a ride. However, I did enjoy the book, apart from the overstated hatred and revenge shown by some of the characters, which I find quite unreal. The story was tense and interesting, BUT....... the ending has made me so cross and I am unwilling to wait a year to be left on yet another hook.
After enjoying the last 5 of the Clifton Chronicles I half expected this one to be a disappointment. So i was surprised that i enjoy this one even mor..Show More »e than the others. I 've read all of his books so tend to spot the twists coming. However, this didn't spoil the book for me. Praise must also go to the superb reader. Thoroughly recommended.
I’ve listened to the previous six books in the Clifton Chronicles and this finale is one of the best. Snobbishly I think that Jeffrey Archer isn’t Gr..Show More »aham Greene but by golly he can tell a story that keeps one on tenterhooks eager to find out what happens next. He has created some memorable characters not least Lady Veronica the Machavelli of the series: utterly over-the-top in her exploits but hugely entertaining as she seems to succeed in her plots only to be thwarted. It’s great stuff and I’m sorry that the series has ended in the 1990s as the next generation of Cliftons and Barringtons are developing into interesting characters. Maybe the next series will be the Barrington Chronicles? I hope so as it’s great fun to listen to good old fashioned story-telling in which good is pitted against evil and good eventually wins for a change. I also enjoy the inclusion of historical events and real people which adds colour and interest to the narrative. The author's inside knowledge of parliament and prison life lends veracity to many events in the book.
Alex Jennings is one of the best narrators around and makes the series even more enjoyable.
I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series and following the books chronologically as getting to know the characters, and following the progression of their lives, adds to the pleasure.