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A young student hitch-hiking home from college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell.Taken from his collection Tell Tale, A Wasted Hour is an ingenious and witty short story sure to delight Jeffrey Archer's many fans and proves why the Mail on Sunday has said that he is 'probably the greatest storyteller of our age'.If you loved this story be sure to look out f A young student hitch-hiking home from college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell.Taken from his collection Tell Tale, A Wasted Hour is an ingenious and witty short story sure to delight Jeffrey Archer's many fans and proves why the Mail on Sunday has said that he is 'probably the greatest storyteller of our age'.If you loved this story be sure to look out for The Year of Short Stories, a collection of digital short stories which celebrate the talent of this incredible bestselling author, including The Endgame and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.


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A young student hitch-hiking home from college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell.Taken from his collection Tell Tale, A Wasted Hour is an ingenious and witty short story sure to delight Jeffrey Archer's many fans and proves why the Mail on Sunday has said that he is 'probably the greatest storyteller of our age'.If you loved this story be sure to look out f A young student hitch-hiking home from college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell.Taken from his collection Tell Tale, A Wasted Hour is an ingenious and witty short story sure to delight Jeffrey Archer's many fans and proves why the Mail on Sunday has said that he is 'probably the greatest storyteller of our age'.If you loved this story be sure to look out for The Year of Short Stories, a collection of digital short stories which celebrate the talent of this incredible bestselling author, including The Endgame and The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office.

30 review for A Wasted Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    Just 12 pages & 2 characters and Archer weaves a story out of it like a master storyteller. A young student hitch-hiking to college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell...And as usual with stories by Archer, the twist lies in the 'tale'. I wish it could have been a bit longer but certainly worth a read. Just 12 pages & 2 characters and Archer weaves a story out of it like a master storyteller. A young student hitch-hiking to college meets an old man with an incredible story to tell...And as usual with stories by Archer, the twist lies in the 'tale'. I wish it could have been a bit longer but certainly worth a read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Varun

    A young girl usually hitchhikes her ride to her school, Stanford. Meets up fairly interesting people at times. Always looking for inspirations to write. Today, she's in for another mildly interesting ride ... or so she thought. A short interesting story, draws you in. Kept the suspense till the end. 3.5 Stars out of 5. My reaction at the end of the book: A young girl usually hitchhikes her ride to her school, Stanford. Meets up fairly interesting people at times. Always looking for inspirations to write. Today, she's in for another mildly interesting ride ... or so she thought. A short interesting story, draws you in. Kept the suspense till the end. 3.5 Stars out of 5. My reaction at the end of the book:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Saxena

    Amazing.. This is my first from Jeffrey Archer. I must say its worth more than just a book of pages.Story is that much natural that it feels like real conversation. Amazingly beautiful Story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Jeffrey Archer is not my favourite personality but he is an excellent story teller. This book is only 12 pages long but the story is so well written. This is a short story with a twist and 'A Wasted Hour' proved to be a very satisfying 10 minutes read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Garg

    I am no one to judge the great Jeffrey Archer or his works, yet this short story of just around 12 pages clearly reflects his might as a writer and a master storyteller. With just two characters, he has spun a world of words which contains all the elements a good story must have. Oh, and that ending is simply awesome. Don't go by the title, it is misleading in every sense of the word. Verdict: Highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    A very short story that I really enjoyed reading. Part of the brand new Tell Tale collection of short stories. Recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shubhi Nigam

    Couldn't be more enthralled.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    I loved it!!! And that end! Oh my God! Thans Hitessh for the recommendation!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Excellent short story from a master of the art form. I remember reading “A sting in the tale” a collection of his short stories many years ago. Since he has made an effort to allow readers more access to his back catalogue of short tales it would be a poor reader to dodge the opportunity to dip into these works. I think it will be like a bag of sweets with some noticeable favourites. This is a great start; he tells of being too preoccupied by studies you fail to notice life passing you by along th Excellent short story from a master of the art form. I remember reading “A sting in the tale” a collection of his short stories many years ago. Since he has made an effort to allow readers more access to his back catalogue of short tales it would be a poor reader to dodge the opportunity to dip into these works. I think it will be like a bag of sweets with some noticeable favourites. This is a great start; he tells of being too preoccupied by studies you fail to notice life passing you by along the way. Kelley, to counter this has always tried to hitch a ride back to college. Trouble is she has sensible rules to try to avoid difficult situations but you can never be too sure of who’s car you are getting a lift in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J. Alchem

    It was boring. This one was boring. Though the story had a good start but then it had lost its charm and ended on a boring note.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megha Chakraborty

    What a waste of 11 minutes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roopkumar Balachandran

    I have already read collection of short stories authored by Jeffrey Archer ten years before. I happened to see many of his short stories free in Kindle edition. I downloaded this book. A beautiful short story and a little twist at the end. Kudos Jeffrey I always enjoy your stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    Random conversations You meet unexpected people in the journey of life... Often the old people share their experiences in life. A good read...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ritesh Kukrety

    A short, delightful read. Simple prose, as befits a simple story. The twist at the end is pretty nicely done and gets the story a star more than I had initially planned.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Inderpreet Singh

    It was good, captivating read. Such a short story and so many things discussed makes you awestruck on the imagination of the author. PS: It made me think to expand and make it a 900-page novel. 😜

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    A Wasted Hour follows Kelley, a student at Stanford and an aspiring writer.She always takes lifts from other people primarily for two reasons, firstly she wants to save money and second and most importantly she likes to listen to other people life stories,their past, memories and so on. She gains these factions of life experiences in of hopes incorporating them in writing a book someday. Her curiosity doesn't make her naive when it comes to this sort of arrangement,she abides by a set of rules a A Wasted Hour follows Kelley, a student at Stanford and an aspiring writer.She always takes lifts from other people primarily for two reasons, firstly she wants to save money and second and most importantly she likes to listen to other people life stories,their past, memories and so on. She gains these factions of life experiences in of hopes incorporating them in writing a book someday. Her curiosity doesn't make her naive when it comes to this sort of arrangement,she abides by a set of rules and if any thing about the driver bugs her then she wouldn't accept the ride. This time she meets an old man named John. During the short journey to her educational institution,John talks about his life, his job,family and how he survived the war and worked at different places. And it was interesting to read about his incredibly astounding journey of his life. A wasted hour was a quick read. Although the title of the book seems to me like a misnomer but none the less I enjoyed this short story by Jeffrey Archer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mishika

    The end took the cake for me. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I am loving this short story spree I am on!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shabana Mukhtar

    Another masterpiece by the master of storytelling Another masterpiece by the master of storytelling. Us mere mortals can't even do justice in an attempt to describe his work. Short and sweet and awesome!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abhijeet Jain

    I was expecting a bit of thriller! It turned out as flat as a story can be!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Jones

    Nothing is a waste I knew it was going to be a short story but it has a good start, a very good middle and an excellent finish. A good easy read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Carlson

    Definitely not a wasted hour. A college student and aspiring writer meets an elderly man with an astonishing tale to tell. I loved the surprise at the end. Definitely not a wasted hour.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shweta

    Not what I was expecting. Good twist at the end. Wish there was more story...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shampa Paul

    Not so great, but a good story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sampath Kumar

    Simple and predictable short story

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hitessh Panchal

    A Story of a different kind ! Light Reading and keeps you engrossed till the last page. A Treat for Bibliophiles !!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aeon

    Short but interesting. Short but interesting. I didnt find any conflict or such thing but i liked it. It was more like a quicky than a short story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ducie

    I didn't realise when I downloaded this that it was a short story. It only kept me occupied for about ten minutes. But it was a good read and the twist was great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rishi Suri

    Good read, but a little abrupt I would have liked to read a little bit more. Loved the build up but I was left wanting to turn another page and read further

  29. 5 out of 5

    Atrishi

    What a story! I wasn't sure how well Jeffrey Archer writes. After reading this short 14 page story I've made up my mind. This guy is a true story teller. Simply read this. You won't be disappointed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pratip Vijayakumar

    A brilliant short read from Jeffrey Archer which follows the typical Short-story template of having a twist at the end. Interestingly the English Literature girl gets some inspiration in writing from the man who helps her get to her college in his car. This short is definitely a decent read and sure you will get a lot of wisdom about writing and gaining experience before that.

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