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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469225524
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In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself.

Mass is not Father Gaetano’s only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage that is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain...until he finds an old puppet theater and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building’s former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. Whereas the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano’s Bible stories completely. Yet there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children’s lives will never be the same again.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndy | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this quite well, and it isn't my usual fare. kind of deep ominous and symbolic, as well as fast moving "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Luptak | 12/24/2013

    " Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism is, if I'm not mistaken, the third long-form collaboration between Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, and I cannot help comparing it to their first, Baltimore. This novella was brilliantly written, if not quite as atmospheric. This story is far more concerned than that one with, dare I say, the mundane, but not to its detriment: I found the struggles of a young priest to restore the faith of war-weary orphans perfectly rendered with a share of empathy and realism. For much of the novella, the fantastic elements remain almost out of sight, but the authors have succeeded in creating a sense of foreboding that turns to dread as the shape of the climax becomes clear. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NVTony | 12/17/2013

    " Just a tad too over the top for my taste. Authors have a good writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Mansky | 12/17/2013

    " Not eloquently written, but kind and humane, and ultimately all the more chilling for that. True to Mignola's style, the authors manage to infuse a black-and-white tale with a surprising number of shades of gray. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/17/2013

    " This is the second of Mignola and Golden's books I've read (Joe Gollum...) and it's equally good. Not amazing, not stunning, but good. A little too slow to build for a novella, unfortunately. Short, creepy and solid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Scott | 11/1/2013

    " A very entertaining read for all ages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/20/2013

    " Excellent, recommend! Quick, easy, and engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 10/15/2013

    " Another slow starting book, but than it started to pick up in pace, the puppets, the story. FInished so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mstrsteve | 8/17/2013

    " An awesomely creepy little book that deals with some weighty subjects in a very readable way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/14/2013

    " haunted puppets. what more could you ask for? quite suspenseful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Wittman | 5/3/2013

    " A nice little novel. I couldn't help but think that this book is just begging to be made into a movie by Guillermo del toro. It's perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakenv | 3/31/2013

    " Liked authors writing style. Story is well crafted. Leads to strange ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 1/25/2013

    " Tightly written. Thought-provoking. Quick read that will stick with you. "

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About the Author
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also a visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army films. He also coauthored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.
About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.