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Timekeeper

Realm of Elestra, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Series: Realm of Elestra, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Summary

Saved from the streets by the mysterious George Whipple, Parker and Lydia grew up in the Whipplehouse Orphanage. After being fitted with a magical monocle, Parker finds he has the ability to stop time. With his new power, he spends his days tinkering and inventing intricate doodads. Life is grand until the night Elias comes to town.

Parker's life is turned upside down when tragedy stikes on the night of the winter solstice of his 18th year. He risks losing the one thing he loves most: Lydia. But will his newfound power be able to find her? And what about the perplexing machine in the cellar workshop?

©2019 Rebekah Dodson (P)2019 Rebekah Dodson

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Interesting steampunk fantasy

I wasn’t sure I liked this book for the first couple of chapters but then started to enjoy it and found it quite an interesting steampunk fantasy. I would have preferred it to be a bit longer and did find the ending a little rushed. Curious to see what happens in Rebekah Dodson’s next book in this series. I loved Andrew McDermott’s narration.

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amazing

Saved from the streets by the mysterious George Whipple, Parker and Lydia grew up in the Whipplehouse Orphanage.
read by the amazing Andrew McDermott
enjoyed the story very much

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The things we do for love

What an incredible story that leads you on a journey of suspense to the very end! Well written with a great narrator!

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Pretty Decent Short Story - Worth the Listen

So firstly, the narrator Andrew McDermott is Irish, and when I say Irish, I mean he has a strong Irish accent. But it never took me out of the story, and had an oddly soothing, ASMR-like tone to it all.

The story as a whole was much better than I expected, as most books of this genre seem to be very cliche and badly written - story and character arc wise. I hope that Rebekah Dodson continues with this series because I can't wait to see what else can come. Just wanted it to be a longer story, so it was a shame when it ended :)

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  • richard joesten
  • 28-07-19

Timekeeper

This has a fantastic cover. The Narrator does a fantastic job. I love the storyline. Parker really gets his life turned upside down can he change that. The Author really did a great job at bringing the Characters out. This is definitely a must read.
Shauna Joesten

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  • Diving Blue Bonnet
  • 17-07-19

Interesting 🤔

Timekeeper by Rebekah Dodson seems to have a lot of promise as a great book. The story is interesting with so much possibly, but is too short and the author did not develop the plot well. I listened to it twice to make sure I didn’t miss something and still found myself confused as to how Lydia ended up where she did in the end. Hopefully, the second book will bring it all together.

The narrator, Andrew McDermott, gave another stellar performance! His Irish brogue is always a joy to listen to.

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  • Sara
  • 03-09-19

Charles Dickens, Meet Steampunk!

As an introduction to Rebekah Dodson, a found this story to be quite fascinating. It was initially slow starting, but picked up. The orphanage was interesting and I'd love to hear more of that backstory. Parker is the only character I really got to know in the story. He was a bit complicated, but singleminded in his love of Lydia. I found myself wondering what he would have chosen to do with his life, had he been given a true choice. Lydia was a bit more of a mystery. She was perhaps an ordinary girl in the midst of the secrets and intrigue.

Having read little of the Steampunk genre, I found the story easy enough to follow and curious enough to finish. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series.

Content warning: There is some violence, though it's not graphic.

I received a free copy of the audio book from the narrator and have reviewed it voluntarily

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  • Kerry
  • 14-08-19

Great beginning, but the ending was rushed

Understanding this is a short story, so the ending was going to be rushed a little because of that, but I felt there were too many things going on in a short period of time at the end. Also, I think this story is setting up future books, but I felt the ending didn't resolve enough issues introduced at the beginning of this short story. However, I enjoyed the setting, the overall plot, and the characters.

It took this American listener a little while to get used to the accent of the narrator, but once I did, it was truly enjoyable and added to the charm of the story. Would definitely listen to more audiobooks from this narrator.

I received a free code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Janalyn
  • 24-07-19

Historical fiction and fantasy done right!

When a kindly old man visits the 1903 St.Louis World Fair. He stumbles on orphans beating up a lone boy and a girl crying off to the side. After averting the delinquents attention. He turns his focus to the victim and the little girl, who was clearly attached to the boy in some way.

They agreed to be brought to his house of orphans to have a good nights rest and a full belly, but little did they know what he is offering them or not only change their life but last a lifetime. They will run across old friends and new villains Parker will especially find his true calling AN little does Lydia know she is a main part of it. This was a fantastic book and one I listen to in one sitting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fantasy with a little supernatural magic in bulk and I definitely recommend this to those who love good against evil especially when evil wins. This book has a romance and intrigue. It is not predictable you will not see the the villain coming well you will but you won’t know who is the villain. This book is so good I know I said that but it is I loved it!

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  • Wilnise
  • 24-07-19

Interesting

This is an interesting short story although I was shock with the turn of of events at the end of the book. I will continue listening to find out what happen next.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 26-06-19

Good read

Timekeeper (Realm of Elestra Book 1), my first read from author Rebekah Dodson. Well written & enjoyable. Narrator Andrew McDermott’s accent was perfect for this book and added greatly to the listening enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).