Audie Award Finalist, Package Design, 2014
I can’t stop thinking big....
International best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson teams up with Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart to expand the story set out in Clockwork Angels, the 20th studio album by the legendary rock band.
All the journeys of this great adventure -
It didn’t always feel that way
For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself.
I was brought up to believe....
He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City - never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates...and give him a chance at love.
Clockwork Angels: The Novel is a remarkable, innovative story unlike any other.
The basis for this novel, Clockwork Angels: The Album by Rush, is available now at rush.com.
©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Tell a story. Don't strive so hard to work in lyrics from 40+ years of source material.
Peart doesn't really have what I would consider an acceptable narrating voice. His pronunciation is somewhat slurred and often mushy (possible speech impediment?). His cadence is almost singsongy as if he were reading to children. Almost every sentence follows the same build up and trail off finish. I'd have rather just listened to him drum...
All of the above. As a huge fan of the band and specifically Peart's lyrical style I was really hopeful that this novelization would capture some of that magic. I now realize that great lyrics, especially ones jammed into every conceivable place in prose, doesn't work. Once I caught the 4th or 5th random lyrical interjection I found myself listening specifically for the next one as if I was on some aural easter egg hunt. This not only distracted from the story but often I lost track entirely because of the ear worm effect. For instance, every time they said "Cold Fire" I'd drift off singing the rest of the lyrics. The result reads like the worst kind of pandering fan fiction written solely as tribute or to garner the attention of the artists.
I'm glad I didn't invest in the rest of the series.
The story seemed to be aimed at a younger audience.
The narrator seemed like he was reading to his daughter and not to an adult audience, which is fine. Wish I knew the audience level before reading.
Loved the references to Rush's song titles and lyrics. There were Easter eggs all through the audio book!
Also, if you enjoyed the Clockwork Angels album that Rush released in 2012, this audio book will fill in the story blanks. Not sure if you will enjoy the album any more or less though.
I love Neil Peart and Rush, but never connected with the characters in this book or the story. I personally would have been much better off imagining the story in my own mind based on the lyrics and music from the exceptional Clockwork Angels Rush album.
As a fan, I enjoyed the many references to RUSH lyrics throughout this well told tale
Couldn't Tell you didn't read the book
Neil is a good reader but I am not sure if Neil's voice is the problem of the qualit of the recording but sometimes it sounds like Neil has some marbles in his mouth and the sound drops out a little. but I like how neil reads the book.
Yes it was exciting enough that I wanted to keep listening to it.
Good book typical story but I still enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend this book!
As a long time Rush fan I was looking forward to more insight of the book with the album. Unfortunately I found the story underwhelming as well as the narration by Mr. Peart. I'm still a huge fan, but honestly I was a little disappointed in the book. It seemed aimed at a preteen audience.
This is essentially a story of self-discovery but there really isn't any sense of urgency, purpose or drama. A naive teenager impulsively sets out and story after story occur. None of them interesting. None of them particularly revealing nor suspenseful nor rewarding. It is interesting that the society in the story is very regulated, structured and bland (by intention) and, as a result, so is the "adventure" we experience. In listening, I must admit I was bored by this story; drifted my attention to other thoughts; came back and really didn't miss anything. I am at a point of just hearing through the end just to finish it.
The biggest problem is that there is no suspense aspect at all. I can't tell what is really driving this character besides curiosity and idle choice. There is no drive here, Owen just does things and he doesn't know why and neither do you...and after a while you don't care.
Here I have to bury my fanboy bias for Rush. Neil isn't a good narrator. He reads the story as a father would read a bedtime story to a young child or a baby he's trying to lull to sleep. Very few sentence inflections (and I mean like three or four) and they don't particularly match the story action. He has limited character 'voices' and they all sound fairytale-ish. He voices the main character, who is a naive 17 year old, with such innocence that I equate it with a naive 10 year old.
Also, sad to say, Neil has a slight lateral lisp and his 'ess' sound come across as 'esh.' Now that's no big deal, and many people speak that way...just not professional narrators. There is a reason why people with hangnails aren't professional hand models, if you catch my drift.
All that said, the story doesn't help either.
It's not a matter of scene or scenes to cut. The story just needs more purpose, and either drama or humor or adventure or love or anything really.
It does make for a good, if super-prolonged, drinking game. Take a drink every time you hear a Rush lyric or song title!
Amazing, Fantastic and Diferent.
Owen Hardy, he have an adventure spirit.
A lot of things, in this case, first off all, the "RUSH" conections,! This is my second book reading by Neal Peart and I like his emotion, his way to tell a story.!
"Reveal the World Around You"
Yes. But only because I prefer that format.
Not aware of any other Neil Peart narratives.
As a 47yo long time Rush fan, I felt compelled to read this. I had listened to the album, & wanted more insight into the storyline & characters of the first concept album from Rush in decades. The book answered all of my questions &, although it helped me appreciate the album more, it made me appreciate the book less.
Neils narration is OK, although at times a little mono-tonal. The book is excessively littered with unnecessary references to Rushes extensive repertoire of song titles & lyrics (almost every page). The standard of writing is more appropriate for a 10yo. In my opinion, Neil would have done a better job on his own.
It should have a label "Suitable for 10 to 15yo". Maybe it could made into an interesting "Manga" style animation.
I only recommend this book if you are wanted a deeper look into the story behind the lyrics for the Clockwork Angels project. It is difficult to tell which came first - the lyrics or the story.
NO. I felt like I was being read to by my elementary school teacher. Other reviews of this author have also impacted that decision.
Yep - like his style. Wrong book for him to read, but I bet would be great on an "adult" reading-level performance.
Too shallow of a story to hold water. Visually, it could look great, and has potential if modified. I am a huge fan of RUSH, and would go see it no matter how it came out. However, I would hope that this idea is not pursued to avoid tarnishing the band's name or reputation.
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