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Publisher's Summary

Additional Narrators: 

  • Luis Moreno
  • Lynne McCullough
  • Jonathan Todd Ross 
  • Neil Peart 
  • Kevin J. Anderson

Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics. In Clockwork Angels, number-one best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. 

It was a world of airships and alchemy; clockwork carnivals; pirates; lost cities; a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life; and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist, who wanted to destroy it all. Anderson and Peart have returned to their colourful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imaginations. 

Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other people's stories - and ultimately her own. 

Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere "sentence or two" to a true epic. 

©2015 Wordfire, Inc. and Pratt Music (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Well done!

Even better than the first novel and expanding on the first. If you enjoyed the first one you will enjoy this one too. Bravo!

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Order versus Chaos versus Freedom?

Definitely a great collection of stories. As with the first book, the authors leave you with the impression that an ordered existence can't be happy and free though. I suspect they were shooting to suggest balance but either way it doesn’t marr the story lines. I definitely enjoyed reading another edition of adventure in this fanciful steam technology world.

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Anderson & Peart Rock Again!

Another interesting and thought provoking novel that tells one amazing life story after another. I can't wait to listen to the final installment of the trilogy, "Clockwork Destiny"!

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Better than the first one!

I wondered how they would make a sequel to Clockwork Angels but the story idea was great! Well performed (I never had to guess who was speaking) and although I guessed the ending didn't detract at all from the journey.

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loved this

I liked that their were different narrators for the different stories. the story itself was fun and creative. I was glad to have more of these places from clockwork angels, and the backstories and character developments. also loved finding all the hidden RUSH lyrics

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absolutely loved thiis.

well written and narration was spot on... suck a gripping tale. highly recommended.. Rush fan or not.. great read..

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Wonderful Story

This was a great book with great narration. I highly recommend it. A must listen.

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A fine adventure

A rollicking tale, providing a lot of depth to the clockwork word. if you're a Rush fan, even better! you'll love the tiny references to songs and lyrics skillfully tucked into the crevasses of the story! Neil and Kevin did a fine job!

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Allegorical tale: discovery-courage-fulfillment

Allegorical tale of a father's regrets resolved through his last wishes for his daughter. Excellent performance and story exposing readers to different philosophies of life while reserving judgement.

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loved it

a great sorry, wonderfully narrated, unique and kept me interested. loved all the lyrical quotes that fitted seemlessly into the story. hope they make more in this series.

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  • Rapid Mike
  • 09-02-21

All Is For The Best

A thoroughly enjoyable second excursion to Albion. The Rush references were entertaining without being too clunky and the story held my interest.
Thank you, Professor.

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  • 12-02-15

Brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to Clockwork Lives the most enjoyable?

A really good story with excellent narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Clockwork Lives?

There are multiple sub plots so you never knew what was coming next

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Marinda is the main character throughout. Her transformation in her outlook and perspective of life is enthralling

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Time doesn't stand still

Any additional comments?

Disappointed when it finished. I hope the authors will continue with the series.

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  • Aaron Searescue
  • 09-19-16

Filling In The Blanks

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The premise of the book is great, however, it does get a little samey after a while

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The subtle in-jokes or references to Rush songs or albums do bring a smile.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

The Steamliner Captain, as this was probably the best tale of the book and had some direct relevance to the main character.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not - or at least without seeing a film of Clockwork Angels first!

Any additional comments?

It's not the worst book I've listened to. These are the tales of some of the incidental characters from Clockwork Angels (a far better book). The format can grate a little, but all in all,, it's a reasonbable accompanyment

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  • Luis Palumbo
  • 09-23-20

Amazing story

What an adventure!!!
Neil and Kevin wrote this story as a complement to the Clockwork Angels novel that can be read separately and still complement each other.
Amazing life story, full of references to Rush lyrics. Every Rush fan should read the Clockwork novels.
Thanks Kevin and RIP Neil Peart

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