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The Clock Keeper

Narrated by: Vivien Swain
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Since the beginning of life on Earth, seven powerful families have protected time. From within their bloodlines, one person is selected every decade to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

When Anna Kennedy is selected by the Tempus Guild as the new Clock Keeper, she commits a crime so heinous that it could cause time itself to unravel. Now, it falls to her sister, Clarke, to right the wrong and restore honor to the Kennedy family. The only problem is that in order to do so she must send her best friend to his grave.

©2016 Melissa Delport (P)2019 Melissa Delport

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Romance with Mystery and Time Travel

Anna belongs to a secret society that controls time and big life events, granted immortality to right the wrong that her sister Anna's actions set in motion- an event that Clara is ultimately at fault for. Clara must kill the anomalies that have escaped the timeline, created by her former friend Fletcher, her ultimate target.

While this seems like a fantasy, gritty time travel mystery/adventure, The Clock Keeper is very much a romance. This had a heart-wrenching love triangle a the heart of the main issue, a love that triggered the events that are trying to destroy the world. High born Clara was secretly best friends with low class Fletcher, Fletcher was secretly in love with Clara, Clara's sister was openly crushing on Fletcher, and Clara had no idea what her feelings were but she would never do anything to hurt Anna, even if that means sacrificing her own happiness. The relationship between Clara and Fletcher is told in reverse, with the reader getting snips of the two over the years in flashbacks while having the hatred between them in the present. Gawd, this was an emotional angsty mess that could have been avoided but was so easy to understand. Side note, while Clara is trapped at age 18 this is not a YA novel, but most certainly an adult (in my opinion)

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the physical book instead of the audiobook. The narrator had great annunciation and pacing, but there was never any difference between the characters voices so everything blended together and I never knew who was the speaker (also there was almost no emotion used in her voice). Also, the book switches between timelines very frequently and the audiobook did not give any indication that it was another time period (aka a memory from Clara) and I spent a majority of the time being confused if what I was listening to was a memory or present day. I ended up picking the ebook to finish the second half. I recommend the physical/ebook instead of the audio, but that is just my preference.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, it was a very quick read because I wanted to know how it ended so I ended up reading it in just one day. Keep in mind that this is a standalone story with the best ending I could have hoped for. I will certainly check out more from Melissa in the future.

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Unique Time Travel

This was a unique book featuring time travel. However, I had a really hard time keeping up with everything going on. I constantly found myself having to relisten to parts, and I would still be confused. I did enjoy the main characters. Melissa Delport writes amazing stories and characters and so I was very upset that I did not fall in love with this book the way I wanted to. I will probably revisit it in the future probably in a written format to help me follow it a little better.

Vivien Swain did a nice job with the narration. Slightly distincter voices with some characters would be nice. She did keep me going in the parts I struggled with.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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This book is a hidden gem

I'm not sure how I happened upon this book but I did. I'm surprised to see that there aren't many reviews or ratings. This book is a hidden gem. It is a really fun story.

Although, The Clock Keeper didn't blow me away, I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters as well. There were some issues with things not quite meshing or adding up correctly but not so much that it disrupted the story. I just tend to be a very technical and detail oriented reader. For instance, the setting. This book was mostly set in Arizona, mentioning places like Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, and The Grand Canyon. I have lived in the Phoenix metropolitan area for 25 years. This setting didn't feel authentic. Sure the city names were used but it didn't feel like it was actually based in these locations. Another example, in the very beginning of the story, someone died and the police officer that showed up to the incident identified himself as a detective from the LAPD but they were in AZ so a bit out of the jurisdiction. Also, the characters in this book are American and the book is set in America, so it was weird to see the English (UK) spelling of words throughout this book; words like 'honour', 'favourite', 'favour', etc.

This book was creative and exciting and I think my favorite thing was that it kept me guessing pretty much until the very end. I also enjoyed the timeless love story that was intertwined.

I was a tad disappointed with the ending because I need more. I need all my questions to be answered and I need an epilogue to cover all of those things. We didn't get that with this book. That aside, it was still done well.

Overall, I am really glad to have found this book. I recommend it and hope more people will find it and read it too.

Audible: The narration was good and I do recommend this as an audio book. The only thing that should be noted is that there are flashbacks throughout and they are only separated by an additional line break in the book so the narration can get a bit confusing for a quick moment when the memory switches back to present day and picks back up with where they were prior to the flashback.

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timeless romance

a great story that had a wonderful twist to the end. definitely a book worth reading although it was slow to start with a great deal of information that was needed all in all definitely worth reading. the storyteller did a great job separating the characters and making you feel for each one.

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A mystery, a romance, and a struggle to survive

Clare is given a mission she can no longer fulfill if she is to stop the unraveling of time. Now she must defy the Tempus Guild, which seems impossible but she is willing to sacrifice all, literally.

This book is unique and fresh, perfectly paced, absolutely riveting and the ending made my heart soar. Nothing was predictable. There was only one part that seemed illogical. I also had to skip a part that got too intimate. I wish I could have skipped the three or four times the Lord's name was taken in vain. The narration was well done.

This is a stand-alone book but I wish Melissa Delport would write a sequel. The world she created and the characters she developed are complex, interesting, rather endearing. It is simply too good to end with the last page of this book.

I was given this book at my request in exchange for an honest review.


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omg to this

omg this audio book was so good i couldn't put it down
loved it so much
five star audio book and i so plan on re listen to this audio book
the person reading it i believe is the right voice for this book

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Tempus Fugit

I well written story with character with depth and a pace that keeps the reader interested. I found the plot twist at the end to be surprising but confusing at the same time, still I would recommend giving it a listen. The narrators voice was pleasant and she was able to express a great deal of emotion I look forward to more from this author and narrator both.

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Fantasy of time!

Clara aka Clarke is trying to correct a mistake in time, made by her sister. The Flashbacks within the story, can be a little confusing at first. It is a Story of suspense ,betrayal ,love and adventure! It will keep you guessing! I enjoyed this well written fantasy of time. The narration by Vivien Swain is excellent. Each character has its own personality and she brought each one to life . I recommend it, if you like fantasy books. I was gifted this audio in exchange for my honest review.

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The Clock Keeper

This was a very good story.In this book we learn that the decendants of the Presidents are te keepers of the clocks which tell when everyone is to die.Of course someone messes up the system and someone has to fix it.I enjoyed the narration by Vivien Swain aside from a few unusual pronunciations of basic words.Coupe and melevolent being the two that irritated me the most.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Wow!

I loved this story!! I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next as there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this tale. Just when I was thinking, “Oh no…” there was a surprise development that you never see coming. I highly recommend listening to this tale! I totally enjoyed the narrator’s performance as well. I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • TG
  • 02-28-19

Great listen

Not my usual genre and I loved this. A romance without the slush, time travel but well explained and a great narrator. Clever. I did this in one day. Recommended

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  • jhanami
  • 03-27-19

Original and highly enjoyable!

A highly entertaining story about time with a great female lead, interesting locations and some fabulous world-building. The plot is original and clever, the writing is great, the historical back flashes are atmospheric and the characters are well drawn - the whole thing is spot on. The narration was good as well.
Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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  • Simon
  • 03-27-19

Amazing book

When I started listening to this book I really wasn't sure whether it would be my kind of book but as I love fantasy books I decided to give it a go. I am really glad I did as it is an amazing book, which had me entranced from within the first 5 minutes and kept me engaged all the way through.

The story follows Clara (or Clarke as she changes her name to throughout the book) is the story teller in this book, and everything that happens is from her point of view. The book flicks from present day to the past, starting in the late 19th century and slowly moving through the 20th as we are told her back story throughout the book. H

Her back story is told in two ways, either in flash backs where she remembers something, or by her speaking to other people and telling them what happened. Both ways work brilliantly as we as listeners also gain this knowledge in a realistic way.

The book follows Clara and Fletcher throughout a 100 year period as, through different means, they are both immortal and trying to stop the world from ending.

The story is really well written and narrated and I loved the way the whole book worked and flowed.

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  • N Simon C
  • 03-26-19

Brilliant timey wimey adventure

I am a big fan of time travel adventures, through literature classic and modern, to the movies, so was more than happy to read this, and I was not disappointed.
A very clever story, with great pace, lovely, relevant romance, and well-rounded characters, there was some disconnect at the end as lessons did not seem learnt, but I quite liked this as an original ending, to most blockbuster novels.
Clarke was a protagonist to root and care for, The villain wasn't a cardboard cutout, and the various relationships handled very well.

The narration was top notch, her pacing great and kept me wanting to listen.

Definitely would recommend this to existing time travel fans and new to the genre.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 03-20-19

An excellent read

An intricate story of love and betrayal cleverly woven through time. Not my usual Genre so it took me a little while to get into the flow of things but once I did I was hooked! An excellent read.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 03-17-19

Brilliant all round

This was a wonderful wibbly wobbly, Timey wimey story.

It was so well written and fast paced. Without losing any of it’s written beauty.

The main character Clarke is a brilliant well rounded lead with an attitude of don’t cross me but with a heart of gold, and the bond with her sister Anna is so real that I actually felt sorry for the two of them.

Enter the maybe villain of this tale Fletcher I say maybe because he isn’t intentionally being mean more misguided, but I enjoyed how it all worked itself out in the end, the slight romantic element usually puts me off but it was done in such a way that it actually weaved through the story largely to me unnoticed.

The narrator for this story was Vivian Swain, did an excellent job narrating the very twisty subject of time travel, but she made it a joy to listen to and the time flew by, her pace was good and it made me invest more in some characters than I probably would have.

So if time travelling adventures are your thing or if your looking to dive into a new genre then I would give this a look and a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • LizRev
  • 03-16-19

Fantastic mix of different genres

I was immediately intrigued when I read the synopsis and the story certainly didn't disappoint. I've always been fascinated by stories that featured time in some way and that was influential in my choice of this book. I found it to be fun and creative and entertaining and loved the characters. Clarke, in particular is a great character who seemed completely real to me. She isn't perfect but that is part of her charm.

The story is well-paced and keeps you guessing and the narrator does a good job. It isn't quite a 5 star for me - more of a 4.5 but as that isn't an option I've given it a 4 but it is definitely a solid 4!

I look forward to reading more of Melissa Delport's work.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 03-13-19

Magical

What a magical tale to get lost in.
Adventure, twisting, from way back to long life & future life. This was a great story to get really involved in.
The characters were lovely. Well most of them!
The narrator was great. Her voice was spot on for this story.
Really enjoyed every aspect of this.

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  • Helen
  • 07-05-19

amazing

amazing audio book great team work by author By: Melissa Delport
Narrator Vivien Swain 10/10 loved it from the start till the end more books please

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  • ChaosKay
  • 06-06-19

Fabulous book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Since the earth was formed 7 families have protected time . Every decade one person from a bloodline is chosen to be a Clock Keeper when Anna Kennedy is chosen she commits a crime that could make time unravel. After she kills herself her sister Clara/Clarke has to try and right the wrong. The story is told from Clara/Clarke’s point of view and is told over a century I don’t want to spoil it for listeners so I won’t give anymore away but this book is really good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Vivian Swain does a fabulous job narrating and does all the different characters so well I will be watching for other books narrated by her 🙂