Welcome to my blog tour stop for Timekeeper by Tara Sim narrated by Gary Furlong. You can see the rest of the blog tour below!
Audiobook Title: Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes
Audio Release Date: Feb. 14, 2017
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 seventeen-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 not only lose his father but the boy he loves, forever.
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When I first read the synopsis for Timekeeper I was so intrigued by the thought of an alternate world that was dictated by its use of clock towers. Being from the southwest, I have no idea what it’s like to have a clock tower anywhere near me. I mean, I know what Big Ben is, but that’s really it. The city I live in may even have a clock tower, but I honestly would have no idea. Zero. So this was a real treat for me.
To be honest, the story started off a bit slow, but I loved every moment of it. There was so much mystery regarding this world so reliant on clocks. There was some great world building here. I’m not a huge fan of steampunk, but Timekeeper was able to gently introduce me to elements that I did like without being overwhelming. What I loved was that, as a reader, I learned just enough to hook, line and sinker me into this world. There is so much potential here that I’m ready to jump into head first.
Danny and Colton are the loves of my life. It’s really hard to find a wonderful romance story that doesn’t take away from the overall story and world of a book. While their relationship was a focal point, it was so touching and innocent that I actually craved more. But, at the same time, it never distracted from moving the plot forward.
That being said, some of the characters fell a bit flat for me. Danny and Colton seemed to shine amongst a couple of dull light bulbs that were necessary to see instead of adding to the brightness. I would have really loved to delve a bit deeper into what these other characters were seeing while Danny was off swooning.
Furlong’s voice was butter in my ears. I’m a sucker for an accent, anyone who knows me knows this, but Furlong was able to bring a certain amount of delicacy that tickled my fancy. I found myself getting lost in his narration, listening so intently it was like he was sitting in front of me telling me the story first hand. Such a beautiful voice.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of this book, especially because it’s not necessarily something I would pick up on my own.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
About the Narrator
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.
He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
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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.