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Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

Written by: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.

In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.

©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Lyn
  • 08-08-13

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the first two books of the Clifton series but this one seemed forced and awkward. I found the characters unsympathetic, the plot unrealistic and the narrative tedious.

If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

Easily the worst. I usually get sucked into his stories and carried along by the fast paced stories but this one dragged.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I found the narrator pretentious but competent and clear diction.

Any additional comments?

I hope number four will be back to the standard of the first two otherwise it sullies your initial positive impression of the series.

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  • Garth W
  • 10-05-16

A bit of a soapie

Got tired of the soap opera feel of this series. I read 3 of the series in a row and this will be my last purchase. I may come back in years to come but I am over it at this stage. The story overall is entertaining and I would probably have continued if I didn't feel so "milked" by buying a set of chapters rather than a book.

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  • Michael
  • 20-02-15

Jeffery gets lost in a soap opera

What did you like best about Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3? What did you like least?

The best part was it kept the story going, however, it starts to become very soapy. Compared to volumes 1 and 2 it lets the reader down, it lost my interest in the story. It gets very bogged down in the story and I found myself wishing he'd get on with it and hurry up, a bit like the English Cricket Team.
Jeffery should've released the volumes sooner as I found myself trying to remember the story.

Would you recommend Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 to your friends? Why or why not?

You'd have to recommend it only to get to the end of the saga.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't remember any scene that was a stand out.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, a movie wouldn't be able to capture all the detail in and would leave the reader disappointed. It would end up becoming like Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, book vs the movie - score 5 and 0, like many other adaptations.
Angelina's movie Unbroken didn't do the book justice and I would fear the same would happen if this was turned into a movie.
But isn't that true of most movies and books.

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  • Tammy
  • 26-05-19

book 3 done and dusted 🤩

Book 3 intriguing. looking forward to Book 4 📚❗👌 hooked on Jeffrey Archer 😉🐦🦉thanks audio

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  • diana mackenzie
  • 22-04-19

the characters bloom

too much tedious British politics at times but the characters continue to grow and fascinate

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-19

cant wait for the next one

keeping me on the edge of my seat with that ending! love the Clifton chronicles

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  • derek sullvan
  • 11-02-19

Continually engrossing story

This far into a series of books it would be expected that the story might be losing some of its direction or interest but not at all. I really can’t wait to download the fourth book. Archer is a good story teller and every chapter is necessary and engaging.

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  • Andrea Mammes
  • 12-02-17

As always; can't stop listening!!

Only Jeffrey Archer can weave such a fine tale with so many twists and turns and keep it believable with incredible suspense. Thank you, cant wait for the next edition!!!

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  • Ibrahim
  • 06-09-16

A drag after two good ones

Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Alex Jennings?

perhaps

What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

He is good for the book.

Any additional comments?

This book is too much of a drag. In many instances I felt the author should just move on and spare us the boring details. The story has still much interesting parts but it is over stretched.

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  • Gwen Joynerwood
  • 15-05-16

Clifton Chronicles

Loving the series and Alex Jennings narration. Jeffrey Archer is one of my favourite authors..

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  • Tamara
  • 15-07-16

Another gripping listening experience 🎧📖👍

The third installment in the Clifton Chronicles audio book delivers another engrossing and engaging installment. Briliiant narration, plots that continue to twist and turn. You continue to be kept guessing on what will happen next. Broad collection of characters, but always easily identifiable. Keen to hear the next installment. Highly recommend!!! 🖑5 out of 5 on all fronts.

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  • Mrs
  • 19-03-16

Gripping

Just could not stop listening until finished. Always another twist to the story. Very exciting.

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  • Rodg
  • 02-01-19

Continually captivating

Enjoyable to continue the story, and the audio is well presented, easy to listen too.

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  • Fiona Robinson
  • 27-02-18

Three for three 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

A fantastic series so far. Never a dull moment.
Can’t wait for the next one!!

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  • yaquina
  • 16-03-17

Clifton Chronicles. bk 3- give me more !

the story just has twist after twist. love it. Alex Jennings does it with the right passion and accent for allege characters. after 3 books I can tell which character is speaking before his says. excellent.

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  • Eddie
  • 31-10-16

Can't stop once you start!

Another awesome book in this series.... now that I've started I can't stop.

Gripping characters and a moving story line. Compelling to the last word.

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  • Kim
  • 02-09-16

Really missed Emilia Fox reading. Love the book

Love the Clifton Chronicles series, have read them previously, but I really missed Emilia Fox reading in this one .