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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Claude Bemis Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Out of Abaton Series Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781621885887
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The automa Pinocchio has always been duty-bound to serve in the floating palace of Venice’s emperor. So when Pinocchio finds himself locked in a trunk and delivered to a new master—a wanted criminal and alchemist named Geppetto—he is curious about everything around him. But most curious is the way Pinocchio seems to be changing from a wooden servant into a living, human boy. Before Geppetto and Pinocchio can uncover the mystery surrounding the automa’s transformation, Pinocchio is stolen away. Determined to find Geppetto again, Pinocchio begins a harrowing journey across the empire, where danger in the form of half-beast outlaws and winged airmen abounds for a lost automa.

Meanwhile, Princess Lazuli, the daughter of the ruler of a magical kingdom called Abaton, is also on a quest through the emperor’s territory. Her father, Prester John, has been captured by the Venetian empire, and Lazuli is desperate to rescue him. With the emperor’s airmen closing in fast, Lazuli learns the only hope for saving her father—and her beloved home—lies in Pinocchio and Geppetto.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wow! John Claude Bemis hides new magic in old stories.”

    Tom Angleberger, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Flying lions, fiery salamanders, chimera, sylphs, gnomes, men with wings, and an enormous sea monster all play roles in this fantastical retelling of Pinocchio."

    School Library Journal

  • “Bound to entrance readers.”


  • “Young readers will find this reimagined adventure an exhilarating and insightful journey.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The world-building is impressive, and the captivating setting will likely attract fantasy, steampunk, and adventure fans alike.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Readers will enjoy the sense of peril which pervades this imaginative adventure tale…with the likable Pinocchio.”

    Children’s LIterature

  • “In a masterful re-imagining of Pinocchio, John Claude Bemis weaves an enchanting, thrilling adventure.”

    Children’s Book Council

  • “A clever retelling, this novel incorporates all of the familiar elements…[along with] creativity and suspense.”


  • “Bemis’ wonderful steampunk version of ‘Pinocchio’ is elevated far above the ordinary by Ralph Lister’s incomparable narration and the story’s accompanying music and sound effects. Lister’s handling of each character transition is seamless…The music swells at each story revelation, and background sounds match each scene perfectly. When underground, there is the subtle drip of water; outside, the heavy beats of the winged lions and marching soldiers. A truly outstanding production.”


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About the Author
Author John Claude Bemis

John Claude Bemis is an award-winning author, musician, and educator. His novels include The Prince Who Fell from the Sky and the Clockwork Dark trilogy: The Nine Pound Hammer, The Wolf Tree, and The White City. John was chosen as North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature. Visit him online at www.JohnClaudeBemis.com.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.