The Clockwork Dynasty

  • by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by David Giuntoli, Claire Coffee
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An epic, ingenious new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse, The Clockwork Dynasty weaves a riveting path through history and a race of humanlike machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.
In the rugged landscape of Eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact - a 300-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia.
Russia, 1725: Peter and Elena, two humanlike mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in and to survive amid those who fear and wish to annihilate them will take Peter and Elena across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, the centuries, to the modern day.
The Clockwork Dynasty is Daniel H. Wilson's masterful new novel. It seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings that live by different principles from humans but ultimately value loyalty. As June learns more about these beings, she is quickly drawn into a fierce battle that has spanned the centuries and will ultimately determine the survival or extermination of this ancient race. Richly drawn and heart pounding, Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisite characters with breathtaking technology - and unmatched action. The Clockwork Dynasty is a riveting breakout novel.

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What the Critics Say

"Action-packed and uniquely imagined with robots - and history! - like you've never seen before, The Clockwork Dynasty is a thrilling ride from start to finish." (John Joseph Adams, series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy)

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Not as good as Daniel H. Wilson's other works

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book was not nearly as good as Daniel Wilson's other books. I completely enjoyed his Robopocalypse and Robogenesis...because...well...they were about robots. This book does not include characters that conform to any general notion of what robots are or are supposed to be. Yes...these main characters are artificial beings...but they act like humans, think like humans, love like humans and...die...like humans.The main character is kind of flat. (sorry) She has no depth to draw a listener in so you start to care about her. And...the other main characters are equally lacking depth. This doesn't necessarily destroy a novel...but there are no dynamic events, dialog, action or intrigue that make up for this deficiency. I hate to be so harsh. But, the author set the bar pretty high with his earlier novels (though I haven't read/listened to Amped)


What do you think your next listen will be?

Now that I've burned a Audible credit on this novel...I'll be listening to Paradise (Expeditionary Force Book 3). This series has plenty of great characters, plenty of mystery and great plot devices.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Each of the narrators did an o.k. job reading and providing accents and voices. I think they must have been directed to voice act in the way they did...to match the characters' first person monologues. It was terribly hard to listen to in the car...because they'd go from whispering to shouting all too frequently. Half the time I was straining to hear what was being said...and the other half I was driven to reach for the volume to save my ears from ringing. It would seem that these volume fluctuations could have been digitally smoothed out.


Did The Clockwork Dynasty inspire you to do anything?

I wasn't inspired by this book. It didn't really go anywhere...or accomplish anything noteworthy. The climax was anti-climatic...and largely a disappointment. I hope there isn't a sequel for this novel. It just has no where to go.


Any additional comments?

Overall...this was a disappointing novel to listen to. I was hoping for science fiction and got a bit of alternative history and fantasy...with a few insertions of the word clockwork added to make the reader recall that despite all other appearances...this is a novel about artificial beings. But...calling something clockwork doesn't in itself actually invoke the necessary imagery when there is no other supporting tapestry to support such an idea. I'll definitely wait quite a bit longer before running out to buy/read any of Daniel Wilson's future novels. He has plenty of talent...but it didn't show up in this particular work. (Man...I hate to be so hard on the guy...but I really didn't like this novel. Sorry)

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- C. Andrew Hessler

unique story

this was a fabulous story. it got a little boring towards the end.... but overall an excellent read.

David's smooth voice was intoxicating.
the female... not so much.
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- Carmen Mitchell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio