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Clockwork | [Philip Pullman]

Clockwork

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...
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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

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    Booklover 10-13-13
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    "Interesting, well-performed, quite short"
    If you could sum up Clockwork in three words, what would they be?

    Good not great


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has an interesting structure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful what you ask for.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent performance of a good, but not great Pullman tale.

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  • BlueStars
    5/25/14
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    "Great story, well read"
    What did you like most about Clockwork?

    Super story - kept my 9 and 7 year old entertained.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    London, United Kingdom
    9/17/13
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    "Absolutely wonderful"
    If you could sum up Clockwork in three words, what would they be?

    Spine-chilling, powerful and exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clever plotting.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    Anton Lesser is a brilliant actor, and he is able to be atmospheric but not intrusive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Retford, United Kingdom
    9/14/13
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    "A terrific tale slightly hammed up"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    His telling of the story is fine, his accents were rather iffy, although he clearly had fun hamming them up.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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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