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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the wake of the breakout successes of Walter Moers’ 13½ Lives of Captain BluebearRumo & His Miraculous Adventures, andThe City of Dreaming Books, Moers is back with this fourth book, the tumultuous tale of a little boy and his encounter with Death. Moers bases his utterly delightful story on twenty-one woodcuts by the inimitable Gustave Doré, the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century.

In a world between legend and dream, A Wild Ride through the Night describes the exhilarating and comic adventures of twelve-year-old Gustave, a boy who aspires to one day be a great artist. When a disaster at sea puts Gustave in the uncompromising hands of Death, he has the choice to give up the ghost or take on a series of six impossible tasks. Gustave embarks on a strange and perilous journey during which he must save a princess from an angry dragon, pull a tooth from the Most Monstrous of All Monsters, fly over the moon, and even, somehow, meet his own self. Will Gustave’s creativity and imagination be able to save him from his fate?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “German author Moers has constructed a surreal adventure story…Moers infuses his tale with humor and life lessons.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Wild Ride through the Night by popular German author Walter Moers could also be called a fantastic voyage through the author’s imagination…Like the equally lovely and absurd Alice in Wonderland, A Wild Ride through the Night captures that rough, scary transition we all go through on the downhill slide toward death by way of puberty.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Walter Moers has cleverly built a fantastical tale…He spellbinds and spooks it all up into a well-knitted super-scary flight of fancy.”


  • "More monsters than a Hogwarts menagerie, sufficient bizarre encounters to rival Gulliver's Travels...a sparkling treasure trove"

    Glasgow Hearld

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ash | 2/15/2014

    " I loved the concept of this book, to take the images of the a famous illustrator and create a story around them. Not only are the images fantastic but Moers has managed to create an imaginative story based upon them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tanja Seppä | 2/12/2014

    " A beautifully illustrated book about a young boy who receives six quests to conquer Death. Rather than die immediately that is. As witty as all Moers book, eloquent, thoughtful. The plot leaves no open ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebekka | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting idea to make a story out of pictures by the favorite illustrator. It goes slow at times and isn't quite as funny as other Moers' books, but I like it anyways because it uses basic skills of storytelling to connect the pictures that have not much to do with each other. Interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sven | 1/23/2014

    " from the little I know about the concept behind the book, there's probably more to it than it seems. nevertheless, the story-telling and imagination isn't comparable to other books of Walter Moers. "

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