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.
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.
This instalment begins with Emma and Harry Clifton believing their son has been killed in a car accident.
The story provides more " just one more chapter" listening moments. With a large range of characters, different agendas, people playing, being played and seekig revenge upon revenge, never a dull moment.
Whilst more predictable than previous instalments still kept me hooked . As with previous books in the series we are left with a cliff hanger.
Looking forward to the next instalment.
Alex Jennings narration just adds to the listenimg experience. Highly recommend.
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.
An excellent story
You never quite know what will happen next. The Characters are so well intertwined
He brings the characters to life. His command of the various British/ Scottish / Northern accents is so life like.
There were many. It is hard to choose
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
I have been engrossed in the series since it first began. I enjoyed listening but it wasn't as good as the others.
I have read several books by Jeffrey Archer. I like the way he writes.
I found the toffee accents a bit hard to take at times. Also the Rodriguez family were very hammy.
If you love this series then yes. Again it leaves you hanging.
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.
"A Trilogy Would Have Sufficed"
As always with Mr Archer, his storytelling is fresh and gripping and the characters are all interesting - likable or suitably detestable.
It is similar to the Fourth Estate in that it chronicles competing fortunes in lives and families over many years.
Yes, when it was determined that Bruno had died and not Sebastian. I had a negative reaction to Sebastian's parents' reaction regarding the loss of Bruno.
The series should have been a trilogy but in lieu seems only to have become an easy source of money for Mr. Archer whose fans will see it through to the bitter end.
"dont like the man, but tells a great story"
read the previous 3 books in print form,1st time on audio, but a great read, typical of a great story teller
The way the characters were portrayed by the narrator was excellent resulting in it being very difficult to stop listening to it.
I find it difficult to highlight one moment in particular, but if I had to choose one I would say it was the sudden death in the family which I found to be quite sad.
I read the previous three books back to back and couldn't wait for the following book. After deciding to listen to this book rather than read it myself, due to the excellent portrayal by Alex Jennings I now feel that the characters have come to life.
If I had the luxury of being able to do this, then it would have been great to listen to it in one sitting.
Can't wait for the next installment and hope that there are many more to come
First time i have had an audio version of a Jeffrey Archer book, but after the first chapter i was hooked again.
I can not pick the best moment as the book is of the usual high standard and i could not put it down
Not listened to one before but would now look at other work he has done
I laughed in quite a few places
give it a try in this format, you will want to listen to more of this authors work if you have not already done so
"Archer at his best"
As always Archer delivers, I was on the edge of my seat, a master storyteller
Twists & turns at every juncture
I can't wait for the final part of the story to be released, it really is a fabulous set of books. Go read
you must read the chronicles in the right order to really understand the characters and their lives.. An excellent listen
"FOURTH BOOK OF A TRILOGY - KEEP THEM COMING"
Had to listen to the end of the previous book to remind me what a cliff hanger it had ended with. Following a family history, and the twist and turns draws you in. Love the characters, would love to meet them
The previous three books
Love his voice, good for relaxing
"Very poor ending"
No one really - it ended poorly
Very poor ending
Forgot to bring all the loose ends together
A very long story deserves a balanced ending
Really disappointed - having read all his previous books
"Be careful what you wish for."
No not really, it didn't have the same holding power of the others.
Following the family.
I like most of the characters.
"Excellent leaves you waiting for the next book"
good series worth reading over and over
the overall story
all first class
the end leaves you wanting more
when will the next in the series be out?
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