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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: April 2012 ISBN: 9781482982558
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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.”

    Slate

  • “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.”

    Wired

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    Tor

  • “[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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 Patty | 2/3/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morrisjo | 1/27/2014

    " I read this book based on a recommendation from Slate's Gabfest, and I wasn't sure whether I'd like it, because some adult fantasy books are so lad-ish, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Angelmaker. Likeable characters, entertaining dialogue, a compelling storyline and - steampunk. Recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.D. Smith | 1/19/2014

    " Superb - just read it. Now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Withers | 1/9/2014

    " Fantastic, odd, and completely addictive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doug Latimer | 1/1/2014

    " I think the author did not succeed in the premise of his plot - a doomsday machine. The genre he writes - a sneering, scoffing sort of comic novel - just does not work with the plot. Surely the possible end of the world deserves a bit more moral seriousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/16/2013

    " It starts slow, gets amazing, then almost too absurd. Through it all, though, is the amazing voice of the author. He could write packing instructions and make them hilarious and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Meuse | 12/9/2013

    " The audiobook was damn good - the narrator added to it I am sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dotty | 12/4/2013

    " Fun read! An Oliver Twist sort of tale. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Gorski | 10/7/2013

    " Extremely clever and literate...is it a crime novel, is it mystery, is it science fiction...well a good bit of all three with humor and romance tossed in the mix as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Parrish | 9/26/2013

    " A amazing book Joe Spork and clockmaker, repairer who finds a box that needs fixed and could end the world. A amazing cast of characters and just a very interesting book I loved it, and if you have a e reader there is a additional store about one of the other characters that is a good read as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Grossman | 9/17/2013

    " Wow- great character development and a fascinating story. A bit dry in the beginning but well worth it. Definitely a Good Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/31/2013

    " Good stuff. I liked Gone Away World better but still an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sissyneck | 11/26/2012

    " Bits of Gaiman, bits of Mieville, bits of Adams... and much more grown-up than Gone-Away World (but not too grown-up; the second act (appropriately) has one of the slyest Empire Strikes Back references I've seen). Extremely satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Sheehy | 11/20/2012

    " This is fun, adventure book. Part noir, part science-fiction, part comedy. Totally entertaining, with interesting themes. It's a marriage of hard-boiled crime, steam-punk and British humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick Fisher | 9/18/2012

    " Just not the style I like. I found it slow, convoluted and disjointed. It had a great premise but never really grabbed me so that I could enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarence Yu | 8/3/2012

    " A lot of well placed wit, but most importantly, the guy creates some seriously cool characters (cool... "Maybe badass".. Are the only words to describe them that does any justice). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Mash | 5/16/2012

    " I'm so glad that this is Harkway's second book and there will be many more to come. The plot lost me at the end in that way that very heavily plotted twisty turns books can, but the characters and the sheer joie de vivre of the book kept me gripped. Loved it. Waiting eagerly for his next! "

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About the Author
Author Nick HarkawayNick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He lives in London with his wife.
About the Narrator

Daniel Weyman is an actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has appeared on stage in Sam West’s Sheffield Crucible production of As You Like It and the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of David Edgar’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. His portrayal of the title character earned him a nomination for Best Performance in a Play at the 2006 TMA Awards. His television appearances include Colditz and the BAFTA-winning BBC drama Dunkirk. In 2010 he played Tom Jackson in his first lead movie role in the film Just Inès.