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Timekeeper Audiobook

Timekeeper: The Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 1

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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 17-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 lose not only his father but the boy he loves - forever.

This is the stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim.

©2016 Tara Sim (P)2016 Forever Young Audiobooks

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A top shelf book!"

    Set in a Victorian England, the clock towers keep time from fracturing and the Timekeepers keep the clocks ticking along smoothly. Danny Hart is a time mechanic like his father and he hopes to one day free his father and citizens of a Stopped town where a clock tower broke 3 years ago. Meanwhile, he has been assigned temporarily to the clock tower in the little town of Enfield where small things keep going wrong. Danny begins to suspect sabotage even as he learns an unsettling yet still intriguing truth about the clock tower – it does indeed have a clock spirit. Colton seems equally intrigued by Danny and the two share a spark of romance that may or may not go anywhere.

    This book was so much more than I was expecting. First, I was sucked in by the mythos of Chronos and how time was shattered but brought back under control by the clock towers and their spirits. Through out the book, we get little snippets of this mythology – never enough to bore and they always intrigued me. Then we learn more about the clock mechanics, their rigorous training, and how it’s more than just sprogs and bolts. There’s also this slightly mystical ability to feel the flow of time coupled with intuition of knowing just what the clock needs to run smoothly.

    Danny Hart enters the picture and he has plenty going on in his life. He’s the youngest mechanic to graduate from the training program. His dad has been absent for the past 3 years trapped in the stopped city of Malden and no one has figured out how to free the city yet. Also, the lad survived a nasty accident himself and he’s suffering from PTSD. Lastly, he has finally come out of the closet, now that being gay is no longer a hanging offense. Few people are understanding, including his mom. Luckily, he has a stalwart friend in Cassie, a lass who has been his friend since childhood. As you can see, I was totally caught up in Danny’s character and definitely wanted to follow him around and see what he could accomplish in this book.

    When Colton, the clock spirit in Enfield, first appears, he doesn’t tell Danny what he is. Danny guesses early on in their friendship but this presented yet another problem. Few people believed that the clock spirits were real so it wasn’t something he could readily explain to folks. Then as their romance begins, he finds it even more difficult to chat about Colton to folks. The romance is light, sweet, fumbling, and has a few misunderstandings between the two. I look forward to seeing where the author takes their relationship in the next book.

    Danny becomes convinced that someone is sabotaging the tower in Enfield and so the hunt for clues begins. I enjoyed this little mystery and I only began to suspect the culprit late into the story. I was delighted that the tale hid the true nature of this person for so long. That made the reveal that much more delicious to me as the reader and it hit a hard punch to Danny when he figured it out.

    As for side characters, I felt they were nicely developed and weren’t simple stand ins. Mrs. Hart is obviously grieving for her lost husband and is ready to move on. I think she’s a bit afraid to care too deeply as her son is in the same line of work and has already escaped one nasty accident. Cassie is a mechanic herself, though she tends to enjoy automobiles most. Daphne greatly intrigued me. She has a facial tattoo, wears men’s work clothes, and is rumored to have a parent from India. I hope there is more about her in the next book. I was charmed by Matthias, an older friend of Danny’s who went through a hardship and now is a teacher instead of a mechanic. He often took Danny under his wing in a paternal uncle-ish sort of way.

    All together, it’s a great start to the trilogy. I saw that some folks stuck this book in the steampunk genre but I wouldn’t call it steampunk. I don’t recall a single thing being steam-driven. Regardless of what genre you place this book in, it’s going on my top shelf.

    I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.

    The Narration: Gary Furlong was a great pick for this book. I loved his rich, older voice for Matthias. He had the perfect on-the-cusp-of-manhood voice for Danny. His female voices were believable and varied (the ladies didn’t all sound the same).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 04-02-17
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 04-02-17

    Fantasy & UF reader/blogger/writer. Content Editor. Photographer. I prefer to live in my own version of the world,no matter how weird it is.

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the magic of the clock towers. They are what keeps time moving at a regulated pace. If anything happens to the clock, time is skewed. We see this happen with a few different troubles with clock towers. Time can even stop in a time zone for a clock tower. Very interesting!

    The romance is a sweet draw that I really enjoyed. This story is the first I've read of that's two boys falling in love. The way this is written, I didn't even think twice on the idea. I believed the relationship growth and thought there were innocent moments that were touching as they happen. I loved the romance, the love that grows. It's well written and innocent.

    We get a mystery as well. There are a few elements that make us curious. There is the mystery of who's bombing the towers. We know of one bomb coming into the story and see a few more happen. Then there's a town that stopped working, stopping time in that city. Then theirs the thinking of how new clock towers are made. They can make a tower but to create the connection to time is a secret unknown. We learn about the spirits as we go, something that's not really known among the citizens and not always believed.


    Any additional comments?

    *I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions.


    Gary is a new narrator for me. And I found I liked his voice from the moment he read the title. His slight accent was lovely and felt to fit the book style for me. I got a feel for different characters when they spoke, the feel that fit their stations in life. While listening, early in the book (in chapter 2) there is a moment a word is cut short and a pause, like this was done in editing. But that was the only flaw I heard, and forgot about it quickly.

    Within the first 5 chapters I got a strong feel for where the story is going with Danny and the clock tower. And I liked the idea. We got the brickwork for what's to come, and I looked forward to seeing Danny experience it all.

    The story here is concluded, but there is a thought and worry left for the future. I'm curious where the story will go next with Danny and what we can learn of the clock towers and their spirits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary Flye Portland, OR 04-05-17
    Zachary Flye Portland, OR 04-05-17

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    "A Unique and Stunning London Controlled by Time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Timekeeper to be better than the print version?

    If you don't have the time, or simply want to multitask, the audio version is better.


    What other book might you compare Timekeeper to and why?

    It's hard to say since there isn't anything that comes to mind that's like Timekeeper. I can't think of another story that has such a reliance on time manipulations and steampunk elements.


    What does Gary Furlong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent, honestly that's all I can think of, it's not that he's a bad narrator, in fact, his voice and presentation is very compelling, it's just not overly remarkable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there was, but since I like to shy away from spoilers and it's a particularly spoilery moment, I'll keep that moment to myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa A. Wilson 04-05-17 Member Since 2017

    Well behaved women rarely make history- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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    "A Very Unique Story"
    What did you love best about Timekeeper?

    **I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review**

    This was a unique read for me. There were no vampires, shifters, or fairies. However, the fantasy world in this novel made me fall in love. I have said before that I listen to audiobooks when I exercise. I exercised a lot during this book. The author does an excellent job creating a believable world that mirrors reality. The characters are unique and fully developed. I ached for Danny when things went array and cheered for him to keep searching for answers. I never thought of time as such a powerful living being. I was so engrossed in this story, I missed my turn off one day while listening to this in the car. 🙂 The narrator did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. He helped me visualize the characters even more.


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    He was spot on as to what I thought the characters would be like.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hall Ways Colleyville, TX, US 04-05-17
    Hall Ways Colleyville, TX, US 04-05-17
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    "So many cool ideas about the nature of time"
    What made the experience of listening to Timekeeper the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's accent and ability to voice multiple characters made the book a fabulous listening experience. But it's Sim's story that feeds the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Timekeeper?

    The noxious London fog.


    What does Gary Furlong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He uses several different accents to bring the characters and gods to life.


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

    Definitely could have done that.


    Any additional comments?

    The steampunk aspects are excellent, but they are subtle. There is a fair amount of social commentary in the story, despite it being set in a fictitious world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glorious Panic Texas 03-31-17
    Glorious Panic Texas 03-31-17
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    "Slow Start but Breathtaking Ending"
    What did you love best about Timekeeper?

    I love that it featured a relationship between two males in a very romantic way. Both Danny and Colton are adorable and it was always heartwarming to have the together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As much as I liked the romance I was glad it wasn't the only thing going on. There is a lot of mystery and chaos going on as well. I enjoyed trying to piece together the clues along with Danny but still managed to get surprised.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Picking out a favorite scene is tricky because there are quite a few that I really enjoyed. One that stands out to me is a scene when things got fairly hot and heavy between Danny and Colton right after Colton had a bout of jealousy.


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

    How far will you go for the one you love?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly's Book World Romania 03-25-17
    Lilly's Book World Romania 03-25-17

    Love to read, love talking about what I read.

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    "Time is beyond legends, time is what gives us life"

    A story that keeps you hanging till the end! I could not wait to see the outcome for Danny and his clock. The legend of the creation of time is also very nicely created. I do believe this is a story that well deserves at least 4 stars – in my humble opinion. The narration was great as well. I could feel Danny ’s hesitations, his fears, his guilt throughout Gary Furlong’s voice.

    The story is quite captivating, as it combines bits of history, with legends and an unconventional love. While Danny is doing his best to fill in for his father and carry the guilt of his captivity in a city beyond time, he falls for the subject of his work – the clock tower spirit. There are twists and turns, there are decisions that need to be taken, there are emotional struggles. So from plot perspective, I believe it has all that can be requested. Though I must admit I would have wanted a more spectacular ending.

    Danny and Colton develop a relationship beyond friendship. However, I had the impression that maybe he takes advantage of Colton’s naivety, taking into account he has not had many visitors and does not know much about love. While one learns how to take advantage of his skills as a mechanic, the other learns about the world, life, love.

    Not only our main characters are well developed, but as well the other figures present in the book. All have complex issues and daemons to face, but in the same time, all act to the best of their abilities. Here we can clearly see the weaker side of humanity, but as well the strengths.

    The bits and pieces of legend, about time creation and gods have captured me as well. They have flaws and demons of their own, which brings them closer to humanity.

    As I was mentioning, the narration was great! I loved the calm voice, the accent, the way Gary Furlong expressed even the exasperation that the characters feel at times. I cannot imagine a better voice for Danny, really! With a clear pronunciation, this audiobook can be listen to very easily. And did I mention the English accent?

    All in all, I did enjoy it very much and I cannot wait for the next book in the series! Hopefully, also narrated by the same person!

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    The Hermit Librarian 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A M/M steampunk romance with adventure & intrigue"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karim 03-09-17
    Karim 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing in every way"

    One of the best books I've ever read. Fantastic piece of LGBT+ fiction, but that isn't the main focus. It's a romance, it's fantasy, and it's so much more than that. I couldn't put it down. I still can't, and I'm done with it. I'm making all my friends read this. It's thrilling, and wonderful, and perhaps most importantly, it has a happy ending. Thank you Tara Sim!

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    Brie Missoula, MT 05-13-17
    Brie Missoula, MT 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Must Read"
    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. At first I couldn’t quite get into it and had a hard time understanding what was going on. Might I add this is only my second audiobook that I’ve listened too. The way Sim laid out the back ground of the clock towers was quite fascinating to read. Timekeeper also had a budding romance going on at the same time, but it didn’t happen right away like most other books. This romance between Danny and Colton grew throughout the entire book in which I enjoyed. Timekeeper is a must read!

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