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A young apprentice clockmaker is morose and desperate as he sits in Glockenheim's White Horse tavern on the last day of his apprenticeship; he has not been able to deliver a clock figure as all apprentices over the ages have done before him and his reputation is about to be ruined and he shares his despair with the town's storyteller, young Fritz. Fritz assures him that his difficulties are nothing compared to the hardships of creating stories, as he is expected to tell the townfolk gathered there his latest story in a few minutes, and though he has a new tale to tell them, he hasn't managed to write an ending for it in the night, but must somehow invent it as he goes along. And so begins a fantastic dark tale featuring a prince and princess and a dark forest and a suspicious ghastly death which features a mysterious character... who very suddenly appears in the tavern as Fritz introduces him in his storytelling and offers the apprentice a Faustian pact which promises to solve all his problems and bring him great fame and wealth, but will also put the lives of two innocent children in mortal danger. A wonderful tale in the tradition of the best Germanic storytellers of old such as E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Brothers Grimm, this is a tightly paced novella. Wonderfully narrated by Anton Lesser.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the story. There were a few times I got confused because it switched between story and narration without any warning. Overall I would recommend it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Clockwork in three words, what would they be?
Spine-chilling, powerful and exciting
What did you like best about this story?
The clever plotting.
What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?
Anton Lesser is a brilliant actor, and he is able to be atmospheric but not intrusive.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Nice little story, read perfectly by the narrater. Engaging as always with Philip Pullman...loved it
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Trying to save my children from commercial radio I've been turning to audio books. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one but there was great interest and silence from my 9 year old son. We were both captivated by the story and the telling. when you find yourself sitting in the car spellbound waiting for the next part of the story instead of rushing into the house at the end of the day I guess you have to say you loved it