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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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781455198207
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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.”

    Spectator

  • "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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/20/2014

    " This was a very quick read that reminded me of reading Aristophanes. It was nice that it was quick, It was fun that it was based on Gustave Dore's Drawings and Woodcuts... but the story read like it was for a child and the ending was so predictable that I thought it wasn't going to happen, simply because it was too simple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 1/9/2014

    " This is a fantastic book. Seriously, if you value imagination and wonder and adventure, read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/21/2013

    " finally! i've been wanting to read this for oh, 3 years. it's being published in september in the US!! he didn't dissapoint me. this is the first book that he didn't illustrate himself, but i like the concept of using an artist's work to create a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 12/5/2013

    " Life's struggles represented in a dream world. It was silly, but often the silliness had a deeper, valuable meaning to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathew Carruthers | 6/7/2013

    " Very fun read in the vein of Swift, Carroll, and Cervantes. The illustrations by Gustave Dore are amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Watoosa | 5/5/2013

    " Amusing with lovely pictures, but too slow and fractured. I didn't finish it. Maybe I'll come back to it later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mauricio | 10/11/2012

    " Got stuck on the train this morning and finished it! But... yeah... it's an interesting little book, but it doesn't even come close to his Zamonia series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 9/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book! The fact that the entire story is inspired by/ based on pictures by Gustave Dore just blew my mind- pretty genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nico | 8/13/2011

    " interesting idea, but the other books by moers are better imho "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/1/2011

    " Amazing, as Moers' books always are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lava | 3/27/2011

    " Fascinating, wistful tale based on Gustave Dore's sketches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/10/2011

    " good book, nice easy read. written around painting by gustave dore (who is also the main character) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noria | 6/16/2009

    " A bit different than his Zamonien books, I really liked it nonetheless and think that Walter Moers has done a very fine job creating a story, even a world, with inspiration from the outside and I enjoyed to see how he interpreted some of the pictures by Gustave Doré. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/13/2009

    " i dearly love walter moers and found this one to be a charming addition to his oeuvre. instead of his usual zamonia backdrop, he bases this tale on the woodcuts of gustav dore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/2/2009

    " After reading The City Of Dreaming Books, I was eager to read another book by Walter Moers. This was the next one I found. It's a good book but not as captivating as The City Of Dreaming Books. The illustrations are great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 12/21/2008

    " Quick easy reading for the slightly morose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 8/26/2008

    " Fantastic is the best word to describe this short novel. The author tailors the book around images once used to illustrate other epic novels such as "Dante's Inferno" and "Don Quixote". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ash | 8/20/2008

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nico | 8/16/2008

    " interesting idea, but the other books by moers are better imho "

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