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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (758 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Wallace Narrator: various narrator Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Big Fish author Daniel Wallace comes a magically atmospheric novel filled with remarkable characters. Traveling through the 1950s South with Jeremiah Musgrove’s Chinese Circus is Henry Walker, formerly a world-class illusionist. Although Henry’s abilities have declined precipitously, his black skin and green eyes make him a novelty to crowds. But when Henry finds trouble with a group of white teens, his very life is at stake. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliantly constructed roller-coaster of a novel: there’s a surprise and a thrill around every corner.”

    Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • “Daniel Wallace performs strange magic. Even when the trick is done and we have been invited onstage to inspect the apparatus, the story is still inexplicable, wondrous, beautiful.”

    Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

  • “Daniel Wallace has given us a wholly realized novel—inventive, richly layered, witty, touching, dexterous, and engrossing from beginning to end. Here is a book that will leave its magical imprint on your heart.”

    Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

  • “[A] grand illusion of a novel…Outlandish invention with a real-life core.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Wallace employs enough tricks to fill both sleeves, his pockets, and an old trunk that seems to be levitating backstage…A big-hearted book about loss and illusion…I admired Big Fish, but never imagined it as a movie until director Tim Burton got hold of it. I’d love to see what tricks he could play with Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician.”

    USA Today

  • “Poignant and provocative…Wallace’s lush verbal invention is his real genius.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Intriguing…A story within a story, when well told, can be very seductive. And when it is retold by different voices, with variations and twists and turns, the story can be mesmerizing.”


  • “Mythmaker Daniel Wallace—of Big Fish notoriety—serves up his strangest brew yet…The unraveling of a man’s myth to illuminate the essence of his life is the charm of this accomplished and inventive novel.”


  • “The truths of Henry’s and Mr. Sebastian’s identities and the fate of Hannah are gradually revealed, and what appears to be a Faustian tale of a pact with the devil turns out to be something more tragic. Wallace skillfully unravels the tale…The conclusion is both startling and inevitable, and Henry is as beguiling and enigmatic a character as Wallace has created.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Tom Stechschulte leads talented readers Alyssa Bresnahan, T. Rider Smith, and others through a fantastic world people with circus freaks and cruel crowds. This haunting, tender story transports listeners through time and space as it depicts a childhood fantasy with an emotional payoff that’s both heartwarming and tragic.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris Dinnison | 2/20/2014

    " "Big Fish" was a book I loved, in part for it's non-linear storytelling. Wallace uses similarly unconventional techniques here, with a series of narrators who each know a part of the story. Packed full of memorable characters and moments that really resonate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/19/2014

    " I was fascinated by the idea of this book, but it went very slowly for me. I would have given it a higher rating if the whole book had been as good as the last fifty pages. It did make me think about how we often go through our lives unable to distinguish between what is real and what is an illusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ksab | 2/15/2014

    " What is real? What is good -what is evil- what is fantasy- what is race ? Nothing is as it seems! An interesting,entertaining, magical tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/9/2014

    " I am a sucker for novels with magicians and this one has some fabulous twists. "

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