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3.00020118700332 out of 53.00020118700332 out of 53.00020118700332 out of 53.00020118700332 out of 53.00020118700332 out of 5 3.00 (9,941 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Roger Allam, Emelia Fox Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Clifton Chronicles Release Date:
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From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series the Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940s New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred. The novel ends on a deliberately dark note, setting the stage for the sequel. Archer is known for thrillers, and while this has some thriller elements, it will also appeal to mainstream historical-fiction fans. An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana Moore | 2/19/2014

    " Long tale that kept my attention throughout. surprise ending. Must get sequel soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia Locati | 1/28/2014

    " Jeffrey Archer is one of my all-time favorite authors. I've read almost every book he has written and I'm a big time fan. In my opinion, Jeffrey Archer is the ultimate at twists and turns. He writes in a way that there is no way (well, Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an ultimate at this too) ... but, besides these 2 authors ... they are THE BEST at writing story lines and taking you places ... twisting, turning, jaw-dropping "no way" ... and that makes them so fabulous as authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abhijith | 1/25/2014

    " simple yet binding..a good read.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/22/2014

    " Fun quick book to read. Had to wait a while for second book in series. "

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