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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
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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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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Becoming predictable !

The grip is loosening. Still worth a read, but somewhat predictable now. How the next one recovers.

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Dragged story

Not as per the expectation. The story felt dragged and predictable in every chapter. JA thrill was missing in this book. Disappointed.

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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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  • Graham
  • 24-08-22

captivating

Totally captivating. The series gets better and better. Narrater makes the story come to life in one's imagination

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  • J
  • 08-02-20

Archery right on target

can't wait for the next book in this series. Masterful story telling Mr Archer Thanks

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  • Ilanit
  • 10-09-19

Addicted

Loving this series! Already worried about reaching the end😟 narrator is great too.. very easy listening!

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  • Brandy
  • 12-08-19

enjoyable and engaging, but not as good as previou

Archer is still holding my interest, but barely. His first 2 books in the series were much better I think. Perhaps the story needs to conclude very soon.

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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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  • mollyeyre
  • 17-03-13

Oh No!!!!!

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 so '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.

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  • josephine
  • 18-06-13

Good listen!!

Excellent story, really good plot line kept me hooked till the end. The narration and characterisation was very believable and I would quite easily listen to it a second time. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-13

How long to wait?

Really annoyed - thought it was only 3 parts now I have to wait for the 4th part - quite a page turner!

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  • Bules
  • 07-04-13

Best Kept Secrety: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

I'd been looking forward to this book and mistakenly had expected it to be the last of the chronicles. I was disappointed and wondered why I'd bothered buying it. Although it says this is book 3 I felt as if most of it was missing because just as it got going it finished. It hasn't inspired me to want to continue reading the Clifton Chronicles.

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  • E
  • 07-04-13

Dissapointing end to the saga

The Clifton Chronicles has been a 'good story' and that's what you expect from Jeffrey Archer. At no point was I on the edge of my seat or listening all night because it was so exciting. You get to know the characters and can relax into the book. The narration is very good but I did find this part of the saga a bit lazy as it just became a bit boring and I lost interest a few times. All a bit far fetched but I will still read the next one!

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  • tansy
  • 11-09-14

Fizzled out

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

The 1st book was cracking, 2nd pretty gripping too but was detecting Archer wanted to get to the end...3rd was almost paper thin...came over to me as if he'd got bored of the subject...1st book was thick and attention to detail with conversations between the character, this last one was listening to an abbreviated strory...going through the motions springs to mind because the publishers have paid up front?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Book 1 style...

Which scene did you most enjoy?

none really

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

if it was based on book 1 then yes but 2 & 3 need more substance...

Any additional comments?

Archer shouldn't get bored with his characters - that is how it came over...

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  • Janice
  • 23-04-13

Not up to scratch

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series of the Clifton Chronicles, having followed Harry Clifton and his friends and family from his disadvantaged childhood into his boys-own adventurous adulthood. The third book was going well as we learned what happened about the Barrington legacy, even though the characters are either very good or very bad. But then it went completely off track into another world of gangsters and smuggling and I lost interest at that point.

I hope with the fourth book we return to the lives of Harry, Giles and the whole Clifton/Barrington clan.

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  • truthfully
  • 02-07-22

obvious

very predictable and corny but the narrator made it bearable. I still can't understand why Roger Allam didn't narrate as he did the first book and is very easy to listen to

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  • Irene
  • 03-03-16

good story telling

loved this book and couldnt wait to move on. love chronicles because i am not sad at the end but cant wait to start next one in series.
So it goes on

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  • Mikey
  • 17-06-14

Couldn't get into it!

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I am sure there are many great things said about this book (I for one loved the first edition to the clifton chronicles) but none of which can be spoken from my lips.

It has been sitting in my library for a while now, and only now could I bring myself to face the sad reality that I had to write a quick review explaining that I didn't get on with it. Considering my previous review for the first book was titled "I have a new love!" I am very surprised at this.

Great first book, but I just couldn't get on with this one, sorry Jeff!

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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 Range
  • 19-03-16

Gripping

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

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  • Louis
  • 24-09-20

A book of two parts

This is a book of two parts. The first half seems to have lost the momentum from the the first two but specifically the first which was great and I was thinking this would be the last one in the series I would listen to. However, the second half makes a good comeback and I have now committed to listening to the forth.

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  • Lyndy
  • 18-10-19

What happens next?

Good story, moved along well. Acting was good, characters brought to life really well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-19

Brilliant

Brilliant! Great story and great narrator. Can't wait to get on to the next one.

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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 .