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Nothing Ventured

Written by: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Nothing Ventured is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

This is not a detective story; this is a story about the making of a detective....

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery whom he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand-new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s number one Sunday Times best-selling The Clifton Chronicles: telling the story of the life of William Warwick - as a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph and tragedy, this series will show that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.

©2019 Jeffrey Archer (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd
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entertaining read, but lacked depth

I have loved JA books since my teens. this one was fast paced, entertaining and enjoyable. having read his previous saga of Kane and Abel etc, there is always an expectation to get that depth in other books also. nonetheless, I enjoyed it. go ahead if you are undecided.

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Gripping till the very End.

Jeffery Archer Never forgets to enthrall you with those nail biting twists and connections. only he can bring in all the things together at such an elegant manner.

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Very Engaging

Loved listening to this book, the story, characters and it's theme is just wonderful. Excellent Narration. It has been over a week since I have completed listening this audio book. I am still thinking about those characters and what happens next.

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awesome start to the series

loved it. great start to the series. looking forward to the next one already.
awesome narration and great voice modulation for the different characters

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Incredible Story narrated by a "Real" Artist.

loved it.
the narration was awesome.
i am now searching for the audible titles narrated by you, Sir!
Great!

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graphic narration of author's words

graphic narration of author's words. voice modulation was pretty variegated and one visualised the characters

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wonderful Illustration

Just wonderful, Naration is very good. enjoy this book very much. after long I just find book irresistable .

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Gripping

Typically Jeffrey Archer, this book has a very gripping and riveting story-line that could make it a one session complete read from cover to cover. The way he deals with his characters is always a class beyond. Being an audiobook the performance of the narrator is also very important. This one is one of the finest. Though the end was not entirely unexpected, it was still interesting. If you like the work of Archer, this one is worth it.

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Brilliant new beginning by Mr. Archer

Every bit as engaging as the Clifton Chronicles. Great start to the William Warwick series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

Typical Archer!

Such a joy to read! And in the usual Archer style,he delivers the cliffhanger and the end

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  • Penny Lambert
  • 02-11-19

Great Story until last bit.

A really good story that kept me coming back. The narration was well done too.

However, during the last phase, outcomes become a little untangled & unbelievable in the author’s effort to keep the criminal nemesis in play. Obviously it has been set up to be the first book of another series.

Dare I suggest another new ‘badie’ character replace the last one altogether. Having to put up with another Lady Virginia &/or Fischer type character is a little ho hum especially as Jeffrey Archer has already done it in his last series.

Jeffrey Archer is better that.


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  • Yvonne Bekker
  • 13-09-19

Disappointing

I was very disappointed. I have read all Jeffrey Archers books and this was by far the worst. Boring story line and so predictable. Not worth the listen.

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  • Judith Coulson
  • 07-09-19

Story was good until the last third of the book

How can anyone seriously believe that the crown did not cross examine Faulkner with all the evidence they had from the private detective and Scottland Yard or check his phone calls, bank statements or travels arrangements etc. to disproof his story?
The end was not believable even for as long ago as 1984.

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-09-19

Cracking start to the new series

I really enjoyed the author's Clifton Chronicles series and so was delighted to learn of this new one. It certainly doesn't disappoint. Two compelling stories captured my attention and kept me engrossed. Stories that combine topics that Mr Archer knows about: art, court cases and prisons. The book ends with a cliff-hanger so I hope that the author is hard at work on book 2.
The narrator is excellent. One tend to not notice when a narrator is good yet a poor one can ruin and otherwise good book.

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  • Ashley Stagg
  • 21-09-19

Jeffery Archer does it again

Great audible easy to follow that keeps you gripped until the end! Hope this is not the end and there is a sequel.

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  • Guy Bamber
  • 20-09-19

excellent as usual

excellent story as usual from JA. Read superbly and every twist and turn was clear to understand 5star !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-19

Brilliant Entertainment

Couldn't stop listening. Exceptional well plotted story. Impressive reading. An absolut Joy to have in my audio collection.

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  • Mike Bowen
  • 17-09-19

Excellent, brilliantly told and a twist. Fantastic

Loved this book by Jeffrey Archer. Skillfully written, beautifully told. It was difficult to hit the pause button each day. A must read. can't wait for the next book.

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  • Chris Pearce-Ramwell
  • 17-09-19

The master storyteller strikes again

I remember being captivated by the Clifton Chronicles culminating in some unmanly snivelling at the end of the last book. Nothing ventured took me on a fast paced journey with enough twists and variety to keep me fully entertained throughout. If there was a criticism I felt that some descriptions were somewhat abridged. Overall I am very much looking forward to part 2

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  • jackie2735
  • 17-09-19

Another brilliant Book

yet another great book with an interesting story line and a refreshing change for a 'detective' novel to focus more on the characters than the crime. can't wait for the next go the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-19

brill

cant wait for next one. brilliant introduction to a new character and family. this could be the start of a whole new series

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  • Emma
  • 12-09-19

More. More. More!

Love Archer's style of writing and I've listened to all of his books! Can't wait for Warwick's return - loved that you've given this character the chance to be known!

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  • Frances
  • 09-09-19

Still the Master

Say what you like about him, Archer is a rollicking good read. Keeps you hooked from start to finish and always a parting sting in the tail. Fans of the Clifton Chronicles will love reading the book that Harry really would have written. Sheer genius.

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  • Lexi
  • 18-09-19

Loved it!! So happy to have this storyteller back in my life!!

Omg I have missed the Harry Clifton chronicles and I’m so happy this new series has begun. It was every bit as good!! Loooved it!

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  • Allyson
  • 11-09-19

William Warwick

William Warwick we have waited a long time to meet you. So glad you turned up. A great introduction to what I hope will be many more adventures.

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  • Brenda smith
  • 20-05-20

Interesting and defiantly enjoyable.

I have no curiosity for Art or Art appreciation, nevertheless this was not a problem in my enjoying this book.
I quickly came to like the main character, the story was simple enough in its content, which actually fitted with all the characters really well.
Some of the story line was a little predictable, however, it didn’t stop me wanting to listen to the end.
If you just want a feel good, easy to listen to book, I am sure you will enjoy this one.
I look forward to the sequel which is in the pipeline for release October 2020.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-20

Sudden ending

The book / story seemed to have ended all of a sudden. I felt it was only just getting into the depths of the story, then it was finished just like that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-20

Enjoyed it

Great, will await Impatiently for next book in the series, always enjoy this author. good to listen to whilst driving

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  • Millet
  • 03-11-19

Brilliant as always...

Enjoyable as always and great characters for the next series of books. You are left with the solid groundwork many future storylines.

Lord Archer I trust your upcoming winter proves bountiful in words as we await the next book.

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  • Francesca
  • 15-10-19

Always reliably good.

Jeffrey Archer is one of my go-to authors when I want a guaranteed great story to read or listen to. He didn't disappoint with Nothing Ventured. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Lesley Wilcox
  • 07-10-19

Good new read from Jeffrey Archer

Great listen with? a slightly predictable ending however looking forward to the next future instalment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

Started on a low and didn’t move from there

I felt the story was predictable. William was mediocre along with the storyline. Loved the Clifton Chronicles but this did not compare.
Wouldn’t recommend. Sorry

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  • Bob Stevenson
  • 24-09-19

Intruiging and entertaining.

Great performance by the narrator helped this move along nicely.
Storyline was always captivating. A good listen. 😁