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The Clock Keeper

Narrated by: Vivien Swain
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

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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  • TG
  • 28-02-19

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mediocre

I am actually surprised by the high reviews this one got. The story itself is mediocre, barely interesting enough to keep me listening. And the narrator was awful. My advice to any prospective purchaser is to listen to the voice sample before buying. I wish I had.

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Great book

I enjoyed this book. Kept me interrested from start to end. Narrator was great and easy to listen too.

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  • KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack
  • 20-09-19

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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  • Karl hill
  • 16-09-19

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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  • Jill
  • 10-06-19

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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  • Joe Henson
  • 17-07-20

Thought provoking story

I really liked the story. The way it was written is different from other books and I kept trying to figure it out the characters and how they got there. All of it was filled in through flashbacks and as part of the story arc throughout the book. Right before I started this one, I just finished a long series and it is always hard for me to get into the next book - my issues, not the authors. This one kept me interested and wanting to hear more. Like many "time traveling" books, you always thing about is there a multiverse or is the timeline reset. This was my first Melissa Delport book and I am definitely going to listen to more!

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 13-07-20

Time Travel Romance

The Clock Keeper is a time travel romance with a complex storyline that is very intriguing. The flashbacks create more intrigue into the writing.. This author has woven a unique tale dosed with mystery and the magic of time. The characters are compelling as well as complex yet engaging characteristics. Twistsy moments, creative plot and unexpected ending. A entertaining listen. Narrator Vivien Swain's performance was clear and concise annunciation. However, her lack of ability to change into different voices for different characters did impede her performance a bit as it made or more difficult to differentiate between which character was speaking.

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  • Brenda Blair
  • 12-02-20

Honest Review

I really liked this book. I loved the narration and the story line. I loved the forbidden love story and the magic of time and what would happen if it was broken.

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  • Lina-Myree
  • 15-01-20

A Nice Light Read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narration. I've been reading a lot of WWII books and this was a nice distraction from the genre. I like how the author uses the families of some of the most popular and powerful people in history for this fictional story. I have already recommended it others

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  • Loves2Read
  • 07-01-20

A Race Against TIme

I just like this book, a lot. It's by an author that I like. It's got time travel, romance, mystery, historical and even some sort-of sci-fi elements - all genres that I like. It just hits all my buttons. What's not to like? I could say more but I don't want to leave a spoiler. If you like to poke holes in time travel fiction then this probably isn't for you, but if you do like time travel fiction, this is a delightful little romp with some puzzles to solve and a hearty dose of romance! Come along for the ride! *I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and have provided an honest review.*

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-19

Love story

This was a different love story, spanning over a century. Very enjoyable. The narration was good

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  • Elizabeth Haertel
  • 19-12-19

Great storyline

I really liked the storyline and the characters. The story flows well and I was able to picture myself there. I was, however, disappointed in the narration. It seemed that the narrator had trouble with emphasis and made some pronunciation errors. Overall, it's a good listen and a great entertaining story!