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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An alternative Victorian London full of surprises

It did take me a few chapters to get into it but ultimately I'm glad I persevered. It's good to see other cultures included in a fantasy novel particularly one set in London. The characters turn out to be quite unlike any I've encountered before and if you are able to predict the story arc then you clearly have special powers!

I don't like things too steampunky but this was fine - no airships. Huzzah!

I like Thomas Judd's narration. His range of accents is good and he has a gentle but expressive reading style although a few mispronunciations jarred a bit (I'm ludicrously sensitive and it's really only about 5 words in total)
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- Beccameriel

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