A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...
©1996 Philip Pullman (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
Good not great
It has an interesting structure.
Be careful what you ask for.
Excellent performance of a good, but not great Pullman tale.
Spine-chilling, powerful and exciting
The clever plotting.
Anton Lesser is a brilliant actor, and he is able to be atmospheric but not intrusive.
"A terrific tale slightly hammed up"
This is a gem of a story. It has a very interesting structure, that, as the title suggests, fits together like clockwork. I have read, and retread this story to myself and aloud to enthralled classes of year 4 (8-9 year old children) many, many times, and having listened to this narrator's slightly hammy performance, I will continue to do so.
There are a number of characters that I like: Gretl, the landlord's daughter is, like many of Pullman's female characters, the strongest and most moral of the characters. Karl is a weak willed and grumpy apprentice, who, rather than spend time learning his craft, opts to make a deal to get him out of a spot of bother, only to be faced with a bigger, more sinister spot of bother. I also like the character of Fritz, a story teller who, like Karl, isn't always prepared to see things through to the end. However, my favourite character, if he can be called such, is the Putzi, the cat.
His telling of the story is fine, his accents were rather iffy, although he clearly had fun hamming them up.
This is an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes, and you will appreciate the story telling skills of Phillip Pullman, who has weaves together a lovely tale of love, sacrifice and clockwork figures.
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