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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by Nick Harkaway
by Nick Garlick
by Nick Arnold
by Nick McDonell
by Nick Hornby
"Time, it seems, is of the essence in most mysteries. That premise is taken a step farther in Nick Harkaway's wonderful novel featuring clockmaker Joe Spork, who inadvertently sets off a doomsday machine while repairing an old clock. 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. Most memorable is Weyman's portrayal of Spork, who seeks a simple life rather than the life of his gangster father. 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. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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