The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • by Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the listener on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles longstanding traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.

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What the Critics Say

"Clairvoyance, Victorian setting, beautifully drawn characters." (Samantha Shannon)
"Electrifying... a triumph of speculative fiction. It captures the frenetic energy of a world undergoing extraordinary changes... Pulley expertly employs the tools of mystery and fantasy to examine the social pressures faced by the marginalized... The heart of the story is the universal human quest for acceptance, understanding, and love." (Publishers Weekly)

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Clever as Clockwork

Where does The Watchmaker of Filigree Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks within the top twenty audiobooks I've listened to.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street?

The explosion during the operetta was one of the more memorable moments.


Which character – as performed by Thomas Judd – was your favourite?

Thaniel Steepleton


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loved the moment when Mori and Thaniel called each other by their first names.


Any additional comments?

This book has a very slow start. You need to be a good third of the way into it before the pieces start to fit together, so if you are someone who isn't bewitched by prose for its own sake or you need dropping in the middle of the action, then this is probably not for you. That coupled with Thomas Judd's peculiar way of half swallowing words during the first third of the book is a bit off-putting. However, persevere and you will be rewarded. On the surface this appears to be a straight forward tale but it is multi-layered, shifting and ultimately very satisfying. What is truth? Well in the end you'll find yourself doing as Thaniel did and making up your own mind. Aside from the richly depicted historical setting, the political intrigues of both England, Ireland and Japan, this is an unusual and gorgeously woven love story.

Part of it's charm for me was that you can only really be sure of Thaniel throughout the entire story. Any of the other characters might be lying or giving abbreviated accounts of the truth. You come to feel as torn as Thaniel over Grace and Mori, which is where the slow build up pays off with an explosive finale. This is one of the best books I've read this year. As fiendishly clever as clockwork and quietly encompassing some big ideas on cause and effect, probability and remembered futures - look back and marvel where a different decision was nearly made each time. Definitely one to bring your brain for but still fascinating, entertaining and haunting. Highly recommended.

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- Tales of a Librarian

An enchanting read

What a lovely gentle book. Not my usual kind of book so the author and narrator were new to me. However I will definitely look out for them again! The characters were well drawn and engaging. The narrator voiced them all beautifully and the story was fairy tail perfect.
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- anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury