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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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Archer in his full stride

What a good storyteller Mr Archer is. All the elements which make him a great writer are here in this gripping yarn and so well read by Alex Jennings who does a Stirling job with the many and varied accent. I can't wait for the next instalment

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The twists , turns and revenge continue

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.

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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.

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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
  • Inverell, Australia
  • 08-06-2014

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

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  • Deb
  • West Pennant Hills, Australia
  • 03-04-2014

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.

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  • Martin
  • 25-03-2014

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!

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  • Chris
  • 29-03-2017

Audio Addiction

Wonderful production values throughout. Gripping plot ... impossible not to be drawn in. Alex Jennings narration is brilliant with an astonishing range of voices and accents.

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  • Ibrahim
  • 11-10-2016

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.

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  • Nidia
  • 03-06-2016

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

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  • Tracey
  • 01-08-2015

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

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  • Ben
  • 04-02-2015

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???

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  • Isobel
  • 04-05-2014

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

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  • Kirstine
  • 23-03-2014

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.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 16-03-2014

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!)

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  • Mike
  • 26-03-2014

Cracking story - Classic Archer

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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!

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  • wolf
  • 24-03-2014

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.

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  • AJ
  • 24-03-2014

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.

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  • Lindy
  • 17-03-2014

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

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  • Pat H.
  • 17-12-2015

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?

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  • peregrine
  • 22-03-2014

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!

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  • Jo Davis
  • 20-03-2014

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.

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  • David
  • 20-03-2014

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