Author: Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: Feb. 14, 2017
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
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Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.
He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
Overall: 4 Stars Performance: 4 Stars Story: 4.5 Stars
I haven’t read a good steampunk novel in awhile and this was a beautiful introduction back into that intricate, amazing world. It was also a relatively new experience because I rarely review audiobooks and was given this chance by Jess from Audiobookworm Promotions and Forever Young Audiobooks. I am very thankful to both individual and group because it was a fun, grand, wild ride.
I really liked not only the time period that the story of Timekeeper was set in, but the characters that made up the world I as a reader was introduced to. The romance was beautiful and yet tragic, but not in a cheesy or comical way, which can be a problem at times. Oftentimes I find books that try for a tragic romance overdo it and make a mockery of the characters. Danny and Colton were a strange couple, what with one being a human and one being a clock spirit. Their relationship never felt forced nor instantaneous. It felt cultivated from a friendly beginning, challenged by their circumstance, and concluding with an ending that, if not a fairy tale happily-ever-after one, is at least happily-for-the-foreseeable-future.
The embrace of steampunk technology in this book was very well done. It wasn’t used as an accessory or simple set dressing. The gears and cog-work in a Victorian setting had a true purpose and an extraordinarily important one, considering the way that the author set up how time and the clock towers support human life in individual towns.
Tara Sim had an unique way of presenting the concept of time and how it can be controlled and manipulated. The very fact that a town can be dependent upon its clock tower for its very life was aw inspiring. That wasn’t the only part that got me to thinking, though. I was a bit confused by Danny’s use of the very fibers of time toward the end of the novel. There were hints about it throughout the novel, but when he actually got around to using the threads of time to stop and start time in order to stop a villain, I wasn’t 100% sure how he was doing it. It sounds a complicated process that Danny will have to explore more; hopefully he will do so in a future book, if only so that we can understand his abilities rather than leaving them a bit of a mystery.
Gary Furlong was a very good choice for the narrator. His voice had a mellow, easy quality to it that melded well with the flow of the story. If I were to say something were “wrong” with it, then I might say that he didn’t place much emphasis on different characters. There wasn’t much of a difference in pitch or tone between a male or female character, though he did manage to get the emotion of the characters right when they were on the verge of tears or anger, for example.
This easily could have been a standalone novel, but it looks like there are to be at least two more novels in the Timekeeper series: Chainbreaker (November 2017) and Untitled (2018). Considering the letter than is shoved into Danny’s letterbox at the end of the book, seemingly out of nowhere, I’m not sure where the story is going to go from here. It felt rather out of the blue, but it may all make sense in the next book. Time will tell, it seems, and for all the drama and heavy emotion packed into the first book, one can only imagine what the characters will face in the future.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Forever Young Audiobooks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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