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- Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; Unabridged edition (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230769675
- ISBN-13: 978-0230769670
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 13.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,214 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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The third novel in Jeffrey Archer's compelling saga, the Clifton Chronicles
About the Author
Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (sixteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). The author is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge. www.jeffreyarcher.co.uk
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After having hugely enjoyed the two first volumes of the Clifton Chronicles, I was somewhat disappointed with "Best Kept Secret". The characters are very one dimensional, there are the good guys (and girls) and the bad, nothing in between. The story tends to be a bit superficial. Family relations, politics, the stockmarket - it's all cleverly plotted and elegantly put to right by the nice guys.
Archer does not creep under my skin as he usually manages to do. Everything is nicely solved, the bad punished, the good wins. Even in love does everything end blissfully, and all the right people find each other at exactly the right time. But leaving me unmoved.
I have still given the book four stars. Because for all its lackings the book does entertain, it does make me laugh and it does make me want to know what happens next after the usual not proper ending. Jeffrey Archer still has the ability to do that.
This one as the third in the Clifton series starts by carrying on from episode two. To that extent it is connected to the previous volumes. About half way through, a completely separate story starts about the latest generation and all continuity is lost. It is like reading one of Mr Archer's short stories. It isn't really connected to the rest of the saga at all and gets a bit boring because it is padded out too much and becomes tedious. Almost as if the author is contractually bound to get to 400 pages.
Where Archer used to succeed in some of his earlier works, he did so through having various strands of different storylines going on at the same time that eventually would weave together. This book misses out as the second half is a stand alone separate boys own yarn about Sebastian that is tenuously tied in to the rest of the saga
We then move on to about the most unbelievable Chancery trial of the challenge of a Will. The challenger calls exceptionally brief evidence from a doctor who never met the testator and who simply asserts that someone who is dying from cancer can never be capable of making a Will. Those who support the Will call straight forward evidence from the treating doctor saying the testator was perfectly able to understand what she was doing. But Archer asks us to believe that the result is almost impossible to call. Again, I won't reveal the result.
Next we move on to the main story, a story of evil villains and saintly heroes. The plot is about as far fetched as you could imagine. The characters are all one dimensional. Everyone is either good or bad, there is nothing in between. Perhaps the most unbelievable character (though there is stiff competition) is Lady Virginia. She is plainly a baddie, from the moment she first appears. Why on earth Giles sees anything in her is never explained at all.
But Archer does have something. The story may be bonkers (often causing me to laugh out loud at things which Archer reckons to be desperately serious), the characters may be cardboard, but everything moves at such a bewildering pace that one just can't help reading to the end.Read more ›
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The Clifton saga continues .Still moving along nicely and still hugely enjoyable .Published 2 hours ago by Rob the archer