• This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,894 ratings)

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This Was a Man

By: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
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This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?

In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the cabinet secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

This Was a Man is the captivating final installment of the Clifton Chronicles, a seven-part series that has topped best-seller lists around the world and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller.

Longtime series narrator Alex Jennings returns for Archer's final installment of the Clifton Chronicles. On Be Careful What You Wish For, AudioFile says, "Alex Jennings's skillful narration deftly unveils the large cast of characters as they maneuver through the nonstop action...Jennings connects with each character for a satisfying, enjoyable listen."

©2016 Jeffrey Archer (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Let's face it, this series should have been...

...at least two novels shorter. I was prepared to hate This Was a Man, but try as I may doing so was impossible. The highlight of the novel, indeed the highlight of the series, is Giles Barrington's eulogy to his lifelong friend Harry Clifton, the last 15 minutes of this novel. The best quote of many excellent ones from the eulogy, "He fell in love with my sister Emma. I thought he could do better."

The other books in this series all end in cliffhanger situations, so they must be read in order. The Clifton Chronicles are historical fiction starting in the 1920s and ending 7 decades later. It is a tribute to author Jeffrey Archer that t is easy to forget that Lady Emma Barrington Clifton and Harry Clifton are fictional characters.

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A fitting conclusion to an amazing series

Jeffery Archer will be heralded as one of the greatest novelists of our day. I never write reviews fearing that I will sound unintelligent and not wanting to waste the time of those who rely on these to determine whether or not to invest their time in a book. I decided to in this case because after completing this series I felt it was my duty to add my voice to the many others asking people to take the time. I can not find the words to describe my appreciation for this work and recommend it to anyone and everyone that happens upon it.

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THIS was a series!!!

A friend mentioned the Clifton Chronicles to me several months ago. I downloaded the first audio book but didn't start listening until about 3 weeks ago. After 90 or so hours I managed to listen to the entire series!!! A lot of walking, driving, working out and late nights with my headphones on! I will miss all of these characters and the excellent narration! What an incredible series of books! I am so happy I could move seamlessly from the beginning to the end!

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What a measly ending to a great series.

Worst of the bunch. There were such great buildups in the other Clifton chronicle books. Elaborate schemes that kept me on the edge of my seat. There was no strong plot through this one. Nothing really very interesting happened and it was boring. I hoped to see one particular character living a homeless life of squalor but didn't even get to see how that one played out in the end. The end of the book was as disappointing as the rest of it if. If not more so. A great series goes out with a fizzle. I expected more from Archer.

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Great

This is the last book of the series & does a wonderful job tying everything up. The storyline for these books was wonderful as you felt like you were a part of the Clifton family. If you like to listen to series this is for you. The only sad part is I'm finished. I very rarely listen to books twice, but this series may be an exception.

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Superb!

What a wonderful conclusion. Long and detailed. All the important characters had their bow. Thoroughly recommended.

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World Class Storyteller

The character development created a visualization beyond the limitation of actors and motion picture screens. The format of time and interaction with actual events created a reality that rose from the words into our hearts and minds. Every possible human emotion was on display. Thank you Mr Jeffrey Archer for sharing your pen and genius. I also raise my pen in appreciation and gratitude.

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What a fabulous end to a fabulous series!

This was a wonderful series! I followed the characters from beginning to end. I will miss them. Bravo!

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Worst end of a series ever

I thoroughly enjoyed the earlier installments of the Clifton Chronicles, but this uninspired dribble by comparison. No story, or at least plot. No nothin'. Inane dialogue. What a disappointment. Harry's last novel was his masterpiece, but with this book Jeffrey Archer showed he is no Harry Clifton.

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Too Random

I knew what to expect with Book 7, and my review is pretty much the same as Book 6 however this time around I was not as into it. The “collection of short stories” feel was too high and I didn’t feel like there was a solid plot running through the book to tie everything together. It felt too random for me.

Here is what I wrote about Book 6:

“I’ve said before that you have to be in the right mood when you reach for a Jeffery Archer novel, and if you are you won’t be disappointed because you’ll get EXACTLY what you expected. I had trouble with the start of this story (which is Book 6 in the series) because I barely remembered anything that happened in Book 5 – even the exposition just served to confuse me more than anything else! But if there is one thing I know about Jeffery Archer’s stories, one thing I can always rely on, it's the fact that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what’s going on because it probably won’t be crucial in the next chapter anyway. I’ve likened his books to collections of short stories with reoccurring characters, each individual snippet is interesting yet contained in its own episode.”

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