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Publisher's Summary

Prepare to lose yourself in the enchanting new novel from Kate Morton. 

'My father called me Birdie; he said I was his little bird. Others knew me as his child, the clockmaker’s daughter. Edward called me his muse, his destiny. I am remembered as a thief, an imposter, a girl who rose above her station, who was not chaste. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows.' 

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. 

Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. 

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets? 

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through it like a river is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

©2018 Kate Morton (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Why the heck is the abridged version played first?!

Its pretty annoying that I listened to the abridged version without realizing it. These need spilt up! I detest abridged books.

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  • Patricia
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 10-11-18

Tedious & Disjointed

I purchased this book as a pre-order and was looking forward to the listen. After 6 hours I could no longer bear it! The narration was good - but the story hopped and skipped around making it difficult to sort through characters and multiple time frames. One of the few times I have ever really felt I had wasted my credit and was unable to listen to a book in its entirety.

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Downloaded totally out of order-SO CONFUSED!

I have never had a book download all mixed up! I just got to a chapter that said the book was downloaded in parts and to start the next part, but I have no idea where it may be in my library. When I search for The Clockmaker’s Daughter, the chapters I have already heard come up and nothing else. It has also skipped around in a way that must be due to the crazy download. Incredibly disappointed!

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Confused!

I don't know what to say about this book. I preordered, couldn't wait to read but am so confused I don't know what to do. I read the reviews, someone said the download was out of chapter order so I decided to delete and download again. It didn't help, my chapters are all over the place! Now I'm listening to this Ada person in India, what does she have to do with the anything! I'm so confused. I'm at chapter 13, I think, it reads chapter 13 but the narration tells me chapter 5. I've never had this happen. I'm thinking maybe I should return the book, buy the hardback. I even called audible, they told me to download in multi instead of standard. That was a mistake. Has anyone read the whole book? Maybe I'll just skip to the end!

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  • Pamela
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  • 10-12-18

Very Confused

This book ended all pf a sudden and left me completely confused. I read the other reviews to make sure I wasnt the only one who felt this way. Apparently the book downloaded out of order. I will try to load it again and see it it is better. But I already know the ending and the surprise.

I deleted it and downloaded it again. I just started it again and so far so good....it actually makes sense!

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Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter

This is now my favorite Kate Morton book, and I’ve enjoyed several of her other titles. The author weaves multiple storylines and characters together to form a beautiful, magical tapestry. As with the other Kate Morton novels I’ve read, this one involves several stories across many timelines. Each story and its characters are compelling, yet the most impressive thing about the novel to me is how each story enhances the others. All pieces work together perfectly (like clockwork?). Be forewarned, though, that readers should keep tissues handy when enjoying this story.

Joanne Froggatt’s narration was perfect for this novel.

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Great story, terrible download.

I purchased this audiobook well in advance of its release date as I've been anxiously waiting for the new Kate Morton book for a long time. I was so terribly disappointed by the jumbled download by Audible which essentially ruined a wonderful tale of twists and turns by revealing the ending too soon. Since Kate Morton books are known for weaving in and out of time and separate storylines, it didn't seem disjointed at first, but the chapter numbers didn't go in order. It wasn't until I got 6 hours in when I heard the author's note in the middle followed by the opening chapter that I fully realized what had happened. As other reviewers suggested, I deleted the book and downloaded it again, which seems to have fixed things. However, at this point I've already heard the shocking ending, and I'm incredibly annoyed since the joy of the tale slowly unfolding with details and the ending being revealed at the right time was taken away from me. Listening it to again now in the proper order from the beginning even though much is a repeat. Audible, you've really messed this one up!

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The Clockmaker's Daughter

I really enjoy Kate Morton's books. There are a couple of suggestions I used in order to completely enjoy this book.

1. Pay attention, this is not a book that you can have on as background noise. The plot is very intricate.
2. I started a list of characters and their intersections.
3. Some of the transitions between characters is easy to miss and will leave you confused. (KM could have done a better job of that.)

The narration by Joanne Froggatt is excellent!!

The story begins in 1862 in an artists studio but quickly moves to 2017 in an archivist's office. It travels through time and residents of a house in Oxfordshire. All of them impacted one way or another by what happened there in the 1800, and current events in each characters time.

Highly recommend, though I have to say, I lost a weekend to this.

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read it at least twice

The first time I listened to this book, I said...huh? It just didn't sound like Kate Morton. Confusing. But then I remembered It was a little bit like this with all her books. Her stories are so intricate that if you don't pay close attention, an important piece will slip by. After I listened again, everything fell into place. No one writes like Kate Morton. Please give it another try, for those of you who gave up. I will listen again someday, as I do all her wonderful tales......just fantastic! Now, the wait begins.

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Wow

So good! I wish it continued like 10 more hours it was that good. So worth the $

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