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Be Careful What You Wish For Audiobook

Be Careful What You Wish For: Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

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The fourth spellbinding book in the epic Clifton Chronicles series

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

©2014 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    Amazon Customer 02/11/2016
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    "Gripping"

    Another fantastic book in this series. It is amazing how each book draws you into the next and propels you through. Such a captivating narrative. Unlike the earlier books however, this is lacking the female narrator, which is somewhat disappointing, if only because it provides variation in tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Blyth 17/05/2015
    Anna Blyth 17/05/2015
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    "Stayed Awake"

    I listened to this book, after having read the first 3 in the Series. It was a fantastic experience, and the Narrater was fantastic! Able to use a variation of accents and
    levels of his voice. He also kept the story line punchy. It's difficult to not like a Jeffrey Archer book, but hearing it done so well on Audio was great. I stayed awake for hours listening, as I was keen to hear it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 24/01/2015
    Luke 24/01/2015
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    "Archer. Best."

    Every book in this series has kept me on the edge of my seat. I finished all of them in a week.
    Awesome.

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    Hugh 08/06/2014
    Hugh 08/06/2014
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    "Jeffrey Archer keeps getting better"
    If you could sum up Be Careful What You Wish For in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent story


    What did you like best about this story?

    You never quite know what will happen next. The Characters are so well intertwined


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He brings the characters to life. His command of the various British/ Scottish / Northern accents is so life like.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many. It is hard to choose


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb 03/04/2014
    Deb 03/04/2014

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "I wished for this book, be careful."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have been engrossed in the series since it first began. I enjoyed listening but it wasn't as good as the others.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffrey Archer? Why or why not?

    I have read several books by Jeffrey Archer. I like the way he writes.


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

    I found the toffee accents a bit hard to take at times. Also the Rodriguez family were very hammy.


    Was Be Careful What You Wish For worth the listening time?

    If you love this series then yes. Again it leaves you hanging.


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard there are 7 books in the series. I just hope they have more substance to them than Careful what you Wish For. This one, I felt, was written in a hurry to get it out on the shelves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin
    Los Angeles
    25/03/14
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    "OK - But not from the top shelf"
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    We all know that Archer is a master story teller. However, in this - the fourth in the Clifton Chronicle Series - one has the feeling that he is writing to a pre-ordained master plan and is manipulating plot development to create the outcome that he wants.And so, while there are pleasant twists and turns, this is not a novel that will be talked about in the future as a noteworthy example of the "saga" genre. It is not in the same class as, say, Ken Follett's Century Trilogy.But don't mistake my assessment as intending to dissuade you from listening to the book. It's a great tale, written by an author whose skill is top tier, and will entertain you. It won't - nor is it intended to I think - tax you though. You'll be able to listen to it, and stop listening when it's time to go to bed. In other words, it won't keep you up all night as a compelling must read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ibrahim
    Oman
    11/10/16
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    "Interesting continuation of the Clifton story"

    The story still has much interesting parts and new twists. Yet it fails to be anywhere like the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nidia
    3/06/16
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    "excellent. couldn't stop listening. can't wait ti"

    excellent. couldn't stop listening and to start next book. excellent performance by the reader. jjjjjjjj

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    craigmore, Australia
    1/08/15
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    "wishful thinking"
    What did you love best about Be Careful What You Wish For?

    the plots and nasty little character with a grudge


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    it keeps you wondering why you would waste all your money on revenge


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    you are well in tune with his characters after the other books in series


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes there are a couple of areas that get you no spoilers though


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    4/02/15
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    "The door is still ajar for one more book."

    I have been immersed in the Clifton chronicles from the first 30 minutes. Enjoy them

    What to listen to next???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Mosman, Australia
    4/05/14
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    "You've let me down, Jeffrey"
    What did you like best about Be Careful What You Wish For? What did you like least?

    Started off well but deteriorated


    What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given it a different ending. The first time I've been disappointed in an Archer book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First part of being on board ship


    Did Be Careful What You Wish For inspire you to do anything?

    Not read the book again


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed that Archer couldn't think of any other way of ending than to kill off the most attractive main characters so the title was given to cover this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    23/03/14
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    "First-class story-telling"

    This is the third part of the the author's Clifton Chronicles. I advise listening to the two earlier parts first as you'll get more from this book knowing the backs-stories of the characters. There are a few allusions to events in the previous books but I don't think I would have understood the significance if I hadn't listened to them, though it did take me a few chapters to get into the swing of things as it's been a while since the last book was published.

    Jeffrey Archer certainly knows how to write a gripping story as I couldn't stop listening to this good old-fashioned tale of bad versus good people. Set in the late 50s and early 60s it evokes the era as real people are intermingled with the fictional characters. The upper classes and working-class men who have made good are portrayed as the heroes and the baddies are criminals from Argentina or ex-Nazis. Bankers are portrayed as exemplars of probity: ah, those were the days! It reminded me of John Buchan's style of daring-do with fine up-right British men pitted against wicked foreigners.

    The author's experience gives realism to how government was run and the political figures of the day. There are lots of factual details about life in those times that add pleasure, especially for those of us who remember those days. However, the main thing is that this is a great story with many cliff-hanger moments as the two sides battle for supremacy. I guess that it will have a sequel: I can't wait.

    Alex Jennings is one of my favourite actors and he's a terrific narrator with a vocal range that includes foreign and regional accents, different genders and ages so that I felt I was listening to the characters as the story unfolded.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    16/03/14
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    "Excellent - BUT!"

    I have been really drawn into this series, but I find that I have to take constant breaks from listening - not because I am bored - but because Jeffrey Archer has so many cliff hangers, and one can see the disasters unfolding. I tend to start feeling uncomfortable as there is so much hatred and spite shown in the stories.
    Once again - he has left us hanging on a thread - waiting for the next instalment which will no doubt be in another years time.
    To sum up, I have found this to be riveting listening, and the story is gripping with its twists and turns, BUT I find myself getting quite stressed as the story unfolds. Thank god there will only be one more!! (unless there is something I don't know about!)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    26/03/14
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    "Cracking story - Classic Archer"
    Any additional comments?

    Starts with a cliff hanger from book two and ends with a cliff hanger. Classic "Archer", lots of twists and turns, bad baddies, trusting goodies and then then a master plan to sock it to the chief baddy. Listen to find out whether the plan works or is scuppered at the last minute! Compulsive listening. Bring on book four!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • wolf
    United Kingdom
    24/03/14
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    "A very disappointing ending to the story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A more satisfactory ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    Yes


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    OK


    Do you think Be Careful What You Wish For needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is obviously what the author intended rather than thinking of his readers.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I felt that we had been left annoyed by the inconclusive ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • AJ
    Nailsea, United Kingdom
    24/03/14
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    "THE PIED PIPER OF STORY TELLING"

    Jeffrey Archer takes us on the latest journey of ups and downs within the lives of the Clifton's/Barrington families. Crafted to his usual high standards, this is Archer at his best and for regular readers who have followed the previous novels in the series, it is unmissable. My advice, if you haven't read the three earlier novels then do so before you embark on this one. It will be worth the wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindy
    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    17/03/14
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    "Best of the Clifton works so far"
    Where does Be Careful What You Wish For rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best! Gripping tale.. Interesting and captivating I couldn't stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed it all


    What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

    The grip waiting for the explosion


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pat H.
    17/12/15
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    "Disappointing, from a fan of JA"
    What would have made Be Careful What You Wish For better?

    Less repetition. Difficult to follow as you knew you had read about that particular section before. Became bored, it has taken me weeks to motivate myself back to the story ( or lack of story)My husband and I feel it is just a "rehash" of previous booksAll of this from ardent Jeffrey Archer books


    What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better storyline, rather than repetition


    What didn’t you like about Alex Jennings’s performance?

    Lacked enthusiasm for the story. Narration became boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Will the sequel be much of the same?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • peregrine
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    22/03/14
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    "awesome"
    Would you listen to Be Careful What You Wish For again? Why?

    absolutely, loved the plot line, twists and turns


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Be Careful What You Wish For?

    surprising ending


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    to many to specify


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the scenes that involved Sebastian's character, and his development and achievements


    Any additional comments?

    can't what for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    20/03/14
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    "Another cliffhanger"
    What made the experience of listening to Be Careful What You Wish For the most enjoyable?

    Alex Jennings's narration - excellent as it has been in the previous books of the series.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Bits made me laugh, one bit made me cry but I won't say what as it might spoil it for others.


    Any additional comments?

    How am I going to be able to wait til the next installment let alone all 3 installments still to come? Please get a move on Mr Archer I need to know what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    huddersfield, United Kingdom
    20/03/14
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    "great listen but now I need to wait for five !!!!"
    What did you like most about Be Careful What You Wish For?

    as with all archers books easy but exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Be Careful What You Wish For?

    I loved the yorkshire banker and the fish paste millionaire fantastic


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I only listen to books now but his reading ? was great


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


    Any additional comments?

    how many more ?? I think 4 was enough not sure I can live long enough to finish this story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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