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Download Emperor of Absurdia Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Riddell Narrator: John Sessions Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are trees, and the sky is thick with snoring fish. Join one small boy as he tumbles out of bed into a crazy dreamland of wardrobe monsters, dragons - and amazing adventure.

With a story to enchant the youngest reader, as well as music and sound effects that will make you giggle, whatever your age, this is an extraordinary achievement and one to savour. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/17/2013

    " Cute, quirky illustrations with lots of hidden things for the kids to spot and plays on words for the adults. Fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book! I thought it was really cute! It was just right for M to understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LoriAnn Kocialski | 12/9/2013

    " THe pictures are great, but I did not really like the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Galadriel Johnson | 12/4/2013

    " I just ADORE this book. The art is just bizare enough and the story just abstract enough to keep me interested. My 1 year old niece was very interested and really paid attention. This is the first Chriss Riddell book that I remember reading, and it will not be my last! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Gurri | 11/27/2013

    " Author/Illustrator books are always my favorites. Riddell is fantastical yet warm with his prose and his drawings. I enjoyed the Ottoline series with Kate and wanted to read his other works. Well worth it. A sweet read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 11/4/2013

    " Bizarre story that stretches the imagination, with fun, colorful illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MissInformation | 8/13/2013

    " A fun little dream book. Fantastical illustrations culminate in a not-unexpected ending, but ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michãel | 6/13/2013

    " Just a beautiful, funky book. Our kids really loved it. We checked it out of the library so many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 1/25/2013

    " The boys and I love this book and Riddell's illustrations are fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melia | 12/5/2012

    " Great artwork, bizarre story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen A. | 8/17/2012

    " I love Chris Riddell's illustrations. In this book he marries the oddities of Suess with the darker tones of Maurice Sendak. Not altogether successfully. But still a nicely illustrated book with lots of imagination and children should relate to the theme of getting dressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/15/2012

    " Hmm. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how much young kid appeal it has. I know I would have liked it as a K or 1st grader, as the illustrations are full of detail to pore over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 5/8/2012

    " "oz-like creatures, dream, fantasy picture book, author of the edge chronicles, about a pre-schooler but for older audience" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Flan | 3/23/2012

    " Love the illustrations! Good read-a-loud "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/16/2012

    " Absurd and full of imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 10/28/2011

    " I love books of pure imagination and dreams. A boy goes looking for his scarf through his dream world. Creative and beautiful but will only be right for a child who understand fantasy. Ages 5+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 9/12/2011

    " This is a wildly fantastic tale, highly reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. The colors are soothing and the illustrations are comical and alien, with a twist at the end that is both funny and ironic, which explains a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 8/6/2011

    " This book is completely bizarre, but we loved it the illustrations are fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/22/2011

    " I just love the pictures in this book plus it was a cute story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/22/2011

    " Author/Illustrator books are always my favorites. Riddell is fantastical yet warm with his prose and his drawings. I enjoyed the Ottoline series with Kate and wanted to read his other works. Well worth it. A sweet read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rp | 5/15/2011

    " The boys and I love this book and Riddell's illustrations are fantastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LoriAnn | 5/1/2011

    " THe pictures are great, but I did not really like the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 7/31/2010

    " Bizarre story that stretches the imagination, with fun, colorful illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KidsFiction | 7/2/2010

    " Teton County Library Call No: J Picture Riddell C
    Kay's Rating: 5 stars

    This author is well known for his Edge Chronicles collaboration, which is a great series to read. This book reminded me of the creativity of Dr. Seuss. The young Emperor has a delightful imaginative adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/10/2009

    " "oz-like creatures, dream, fantasy picture book, author of the edge chronicles, about a pre-schooler but for older audience" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/2/2009

    " Cute, quirky illustrations with lots of hidden things for the kids to spot and plays on words for the adults. Fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michãel | 6/3/2009

    " Just a beautiful, funky book. Our kids really loved it. We checked it out of the library so many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen A. | 4/11/2009

    " I love Chris Riddell's illustrations. In this book he marries the oddities of Suess with the darker tones of Maurice Sendak. Not altogether successfully. But still a nicely illustrated book with lots of imagination and children should relate to the theme of getting dressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/23/2009

    " I just love the pictures in this book plus it was a cute story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MissInformation | 3/23/2009

    " A fun little dream book. Fantastical illustrations culminate in a not-unexpected ending, but ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 3/18/2009

    " I love books of pure imagination and dreams. A boy goes looking for his scarf through his dream world. Creative and beautiful but will only be right for a child who understand fantasy. Ages 5+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 3/12/2009

    " This is a wildly fantastic tale, highly reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. The colors are soothing and the illustrations are comical and alien, with a twist at the end that is both funny and ironic, which explains a lot. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is the co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, with Paul Stewart. He is an award winning illustrator of many children’s books including the Pirate Diary. He is also the political cartoonist for the Observer.

About the Narrator

John Sessions is a highly versatile actor and comedian best known for his comic work in films such as My Night with Reg, In the Bleak Midwinter, and The Pope Must Die, as well as the television shows Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The New Statesman, and Spitting Image.