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Author: Ransom Riggs Narrator: Simon Callow, Bruce Mann, Garrick Hagon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780735289192
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A companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton.
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.
Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe audio volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Featuring narration by Simon Callow, this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all booklovers.

Read by Simon Callow, with Bruce Mann and Garrick Hagon
“[These tales] embody gentle, empowering messages: accept yourself and others; celebrate difference and oddity; never lose your sense of wonder.” —Financial Times
“With a Victorian style for writing and a capacity for subtle humor, the tales read as cautionary fables, rich with peril and phantasy, and will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.” —

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Quotes & Awards

  • “British actor Simon Callow delivers a delightfully whimsical performance…His refined pronunciation gives the impression that the stories are, in fact, revered folklore handed down through the ages. Even as Callow maintains the scholarly tone of the omniscient narrator, he effortlessly navigates between Norwegian, American, and Irish accents and, perhaps most memorably, the voices of fantastical creatures. Bruce Mann and Garrick Hagon read the titles of each tale as well as the notes supposedly written by Millard Nullings, a central character in the Peculiar Children series. Devoted fans as well as newcomers to the world of the peculiar will be equally enchanted. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Ten twisted tales…offer a glimpse of what it’s like to be different in a straight-laced world.”


  • “These tales…are alternately droll, somber, and a bit horrific, and they’re sure to appeal to fans of the series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stories that…center on characters who are different, who don’t fit in, who aren’t accepted by those around them, and who overcome these challenges and come to embrace who they truly are…A perfect gateway for new readers to enter the world Riggs has created. Recommended for all libraries.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Peculiar readers…will find a number of affecting adventures…Clever tweaks abound, and endings are mostly happy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “These stories enhance the mythology Riggs has created around ‘peculiardom’…Adhering to fairy-tale tradition, most of the stories offer a lesson couched within a fascinating, and frequently dark, account of a princess, ghost, giant, or shape-shifter.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He is also the author of Talking Pictures and The Sherlock Holmes Handbook. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrators

Simon Callow is an actor, director, and writer. He has appeared in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. He made his stage debut in 1973 and came to prominence in a critically acclaimed performance as Mozart in the original stage production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Royal National Theatre in 1979. He is well known for a series of one-man shows that have toured internationally and featured subjects including Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Jesus, and Richard Wagner. His books include, among others, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy on Orson Welles, and My Life in Pieces, which won the Sheridan Morley Prize in 2011.

Bruce Mann, Earphones Award–winning narrator,studied classical acting at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been a successful voice-over artist and actor for over ten years.

Garrick Hagon is a London-born actor of film, stage, television, and radio who is best known for his role as Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: A New Hope. His many films include Batman, Spy Game, Me and Orson Welles, and The Message. He was the rebel leader Ky in Doctor Who: The Mutants and played Simon Gerrard, Debbie Aldridge’s husband, in BBC’s The Archers. He has narrated numerous audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.