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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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  • Helen
  • Paignton
  • 05-07-19

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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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 🙂

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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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  • Poplap Roux
  • 12-07-19

incredible story

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly

I enjoyed it immensely and I would recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries.

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  • connie
  • 11-07-19

super good

at first I think it started off a bit slow but once you get settled and start to understand what's going on it is so unbelievably good, a complete different world coinciding with ours with this magical twist.

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  • SD
  • 11-07-19

Original Story about Time

I got this book out of curiosity. The plot in interesting and original and the narration is very good.
My only down point about this story is the fact that I kind off can't relate to the characters because I would think and do things differently. it's not that is not believable, it's just a question of personalities. I can't enter in more detail without giving away the interesting parts of the story.
About the story itself, this one is the kind of story where the voyage is more important than the destination, and there a a couple of very cool twists that I didn't anticipated.
You have to read/listen to find out.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 09-07-19

Great Story!

Let me start by saying that this is a wonderful story written by a talented author. The narration however is a bit sub par. Numerous mispronounced words tend to make the narrative a bit less enjoyable. If you're going to make speaking a career, kindly learn how to properly pronounce the language first please?

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  • Layla
  • 09-07-19

Different

The first thing that attracted me to this is the blurb. The cover does not do the book justice. When I first saw it I thought this was another time travel book and I by passed it a few times. I kept seeing the book so I decided to read the blurb and I found it to be intriguing.
I am so glad I decided to listen to it the book did not disappoint, it is different, well paced with twists and turns.
I would highly recommend it!

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  • Bette
  • 08-07-19

Terrific Story🎧 4.5 Intriguing & Enjoyable🌟Stars🌟

This is my first book written by Melissa Delport and it will not be my last. She is a gifted writer with an imaginative and creative mind. Her storylines are interesting and original, they held my attention from start to end. I liked the whole premise and dynamics of the secret society and what they are all about, protecting time. I loved the family names she chose for the seven families in that society. Clara aka Clarke is the hero in this story, even though it was her sisters doing, she still blamed herself for everything that went array and she is determined to correct it. And it all was because of a boy, Fletcher Kincaid. She has been looking for Fletcher for years, finally finding him, only because he allowed her to. After a cat and mouse game I liked how they finally put their anger behind them and teamed up to fix things, stop the anomalies from happening and to become mortal again. I like how it all played out, action packed drama, some twists, mystery and suspense, as well as a touch of romance. I highly recommend this story it is enjoyable, adventurous and takes you on a journey in time and to the edge of your seat at times. Melissa Delport thank you for this great and entertaining story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Vivien Swain is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen🎧

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  • Karson Lee
  • 07-07-19

Great book

I really enjoyed The Clock Keeper. The audio performance was great and the story was just as awesome as I've come to expect when listening to/reading works by this author. On to another by Melissa Delport!

I received this audiobook from the narrator/publisher/author by my request in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Karen S
  • 06-07-19

An interesting story

Not a time travel book in the typical sense. A fantasy involving time and the clock keepers. A romance, The book left you wondering what would happen next. I would read other books by this author.

The narration was very good. I would listen to another book by Vivien again.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Lilly Bell
  • 23-06-19

Not your usual time travel , I love it for that

I don't want to give away story but man did this take twists I did not see coming! Clark/Clara is an amazing character, definitely making hard choices and she grows so much as a character. Fletcher is someone I wish I could invite over to parties. My only complaint is that I wish I could hear the music he plays. Sounds haunting.
This was my first novel by Melissa Delport and I really enjoyed it! She makes bold choices and I find that refreshing.

The narration was really good, I just had a few times when I was unsure who was talking. But besides that she did very well.

The journey of this book goes across many years, states, and stories. It was a lovely experience.

I was provided a free copy of this book and I am leaving an unbiased review