Audiobook Review & Giveaway for Timekeeper: M/M Romance Gaslamp Fantasy

Author: Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: Forever Young AudiobooksGenre: YA Fantasy
Release date: Feb. 14, 2017


Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at


Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn't looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek's production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.



I have tried audio books before but it didn't work out. I was so excited for Timekeeper I just had to give it another shot. I'm so glad I did!

Not only did I LOVE Timekeeper but I'm going to keep trying audiobooks out now since this went so well.

  • I love the worldbuilding. Original, doesn't just focus on Britain like the rest of the world doesn't exist.
  • It felt gaslamp-y enough for me. But I'm not huge into the genre so YMMV.
  • I personally loved the snippets of mythology between chapters. It helped me "get" what the tension between clock mechanics and the public were.
  • A+ PTSD representation and anxiety.
  • I LOVE how it handles money and bills. You damn right that's something to worry over and should be included. Going hungry is fucking awful and given how many people struggle with home and food security, not enough books or characters deal with it as well.
  • I liked Danny's mum. She's struggling too and a full person. She's admitted to fucking up as a mum and trying. She's also a smoker, which sounds weird to be happy over but both my parents are smokers and it's odd to never see it in fiction unless it's a villain. She's not a villain, she's a victim too. 
    • I love how she's there for Danny when he needs it and they finally talk and work out their troubles. I'm glad to see a relationship that isn't an abusive nightmare or perfectly perfect. 
  • I love Danny & Colton!!! They're solid people apart but so, so adorable together. Them getting to know each other? *swoon* Even their fighting was cute.
  • I love Danny's best friend, Cassie who happens to be a girl. She's a kick ass auto mechanic and their friendship is goals.
  • It's not all about the romance, there is the bombing plot and other mechanics to deal with. Usually, I'm head over heals for this. Of course, this only happens when I WANT the book to go back to the romance....*sigh*
  • I guessed who was behind it only a bit before Danny, and that was the only thing I predicted.
  • I cannot wait for the sequel this November!
  • Narrator was amazing, really brought it to life and just sounded perfect. I can still hear him in my head for certain lines and *dreamy sigh*

The biggest drawbacks for me was trying to review and quote using the audiobook format. Trying to find a quote that I didn't bookmark the area sucks. Then going through all the bookmarks because I bookmarked EVERYTHING sucked.

I ended up getting frustrated and said fuck it for my review. Any tips for a newbie audio reviewer? I'd love to hear them!

In the end, just go read Timekeeper. Highly recommended in any format. 

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  1. Greetings Gary from Gorey, County Wexford!

  2. I saw this book and didn't think much of it. I don't think I've read much of this genre of fantasy before and I thought I might find it weird and not like it. But reading your review it actually sounds pretty cool! I love that it sounds super diverse with accurate rep because I had no idea and I'm always on the lookout for good diverse reads. Plus the fantasy elements seem really unusal and interesting. I might give it a try!


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