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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Harkaway Narrator: Daniel Weyman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe’s client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady—she’s a former superspy. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie’s old archnemesis. With Joe’s once-quiet world now populated with mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses, girls in pink leather, and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she gave up years ago, and pick up his father’s old gun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A head-spinning cliffhanger that reads a bit like Harry Potter for grownups.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Brilliant, wholly original, and a major-league hoot.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A big, gleefully absurd, huggable bear of a novel…Harkaway’s prose is playful and beguiling, with a keen satiric edge.”


  • “A story of technology and morality. It’s a wonderfully strange, rich piece of work—extremely entertaining and exciting—and has a wonderfully comic aspect to it as well.”

    William Gibson

  • Angelmaker strenuously avoids falling into any usual category of fiction. Part science fiction, part philosophical exploration, part steampunk fantasy, and part lovingly realistic description of contemporary London, it pays tribute to Charles Dickens in its quirky names and frequent coincidences, and to pulp fiction in its semi-clad damsels and grisly scenes of torture. It is also mordantly funny.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “A lot of books are fun to read for the plot; a smaller percentage display this artful mastery of the language. And precious few manage to do both. Angelmaker falls into that last category.”


  • “An ambitious, crowded, restless caper, cleverly told…A solid work of modern fantasy fiction.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Harkaway’s celebrated debut, The Gone-Away World…was really just a warm up act—a prodigiously talented novelist stretching muscles that few other writers even possess—for this tour de force of Dickensian bravura and genre-bending splendor…This is a marvelous book, both sublimely intricate and compulsively readable.”


  • “Harkaway keeps us guessing, traveling the edges between fantasy, sci-fi, the detective novel, pomo fiction, and a good old-fashioned comedy of the sort that Jerome K. Jerome might have written had he had a ticking thingy instead of a boat as his prop…His tale stands comparison to Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A magnificent, literary, post-pulp triumph…Angelmaker is an entertaining tour-de-force that demands to be adored.”

    Independent (London)

  • “It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why Angelmaker is one of the year’s best books. Know this, though: it is.”


  • “[A] wonderful novel…Daniel Weyman’s performance of this mystical story is terrific. The lilt in his voice engages the listener as he brings the book’s wide variety of characters to life…Weyman’s adept use of tone and pacing also defines the personalities of the many secondary characters—from geniuses to crazy monks. He’s a joy to listen to.”


  • “A joyful display of reckless, delightful invention, on a par with the rocket-powered novels of Neal Stephenson, if in rather more ironically diffident English form. Ideas come zinging in from all corners, and do so with linguistic verve and tremendous humour…What a splendid ride.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “An intricate and brilliant piece of escapism…Gleefully nostalgic and firmly modern, hand-on-heart and tongue-in-cheek, this is as far as it could be from the wearied tropes that dominate so much of fantasy and sci-fi.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Endlessly inventive…An absurdist sendup of pulp story tropes and end-of-the-world scenarios.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Nominated for the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, March 2012
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year
  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 2/17/2014

    " sci-fi? steampunk? not sure how to classify but a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron Cooley | 2/7/2014

    " An unassuming clock repairman is dragged into a decades-old search for the world's most powerful weapon in Nick Harkaway's ANGELMAKER. Harkaway can write prose, there's no denying that. But the world he has created is so absurd and silly, so full of steampunk gadgetry and wizardry that goes way beyond the boundaries of reality, it was nearly impossible for this reader to feel any real tension. Fans of throwback fantasies like HUGO CABRET may love this, but it wasn't for this meat-&-potatoes spy aficionado. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andre | 2/5/2014

    " A gangster/spy/doomsday novel in the surreal style that permeated The gone-away world. It brings the same cool/flashy world building and twisted story atmosphere that made his previous work so memorable but I found that I was not drawn in by the story and that the characters, while being interesting, did not grab me or make me root for them. I found it to be an overall good novel but not as enjoyable as I expected it to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 2/3/2014

    " It's a story that combines science fiction, adventure and intrigue. Quirky characters battling pure evil. A good summer read. "

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