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Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Zamonia Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781483071787
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Captain Bluebear is a bear with blue fur, a creature as unique as the fantastic adventures he undergoes. Unlike cats, which have only nine lives, bluebears have twenty-seven. This is fortunate, because our hero is forever avoiding disaster by a paw’s breadth.

In this remarkable book, Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first thirteen-and-a-half lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease and water flows uphill, where headless giants roam deserts made of sugar, and where only Captain Bluebear’s courage and ingenuity enable him to escape the dangers that lie in wait for him around every corner. In company with our indomitable hero, we enter a realm of the imagination that combines the fantasy of The Lord of the Rings and The Neverending Story with the humour of Baron Munchausen, and where anything can exist except boredom. It’s a land of imaginative lunacy and supreme adventure, wicked satire and epic fantasy, all mixed together and turned on its head.

Playful enough for young adult readers yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it an instant international cult classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even readers with short attention spans will find themselves captivated by the nonstop parade of madcap characters as treacherous predicaments resolve themselves with charming ease…Comparisons to Harry Potter aside, Moers’ kaleidoscopic expedition is fanciful and endlessly entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Moers’ world is both refreshingly original and peppered with enough parody to make it seem eerily familiar…Brownjohn’s translation from the German is excellent. For fans of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy franchise, this is an essential read. Highly recommended for public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “The quirky writing is definitely strong enough to carry itself, but Moers includes several black-and-white illustrations that enhance the whimsy…this is the kind of tale that readers have to just sit back and enjoy, wherever it takes them. The ending does tie the loose threads together. A wild, fun-filled ride.”

    School Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/11/2014

    " An amazing world created on just 700 pages. And yes, wildly hammering on the keyboard is fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " points are only off for the lackluster and cliff hanger without the cliff,only the hanger ending...i loved the first 200 pages then started to fall out of love toward the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/1/2014

    " A wonderful fantasy/time travel/adventure for grown ups. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/12/2014

    " in such demand at the boston library that i had to give it up for a month because some jerk had queued themselves for it after me and i couldn't immediately re-check it out. a captivating and funny, sweet story. the illustrations make it complete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/21/2013

    " Not a ton to say about this book, it was an interesting, but it was too much tell and not enough show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenelle | 11/4/2013

    " This book is slow moving, but amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/1/2013

    " Another fun book by Moers, I liked it less than Rumo, but it was still quite a fun book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 9/15/2013

    " very imaginative and unthinkable..!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angrysrilankan | 7/23/2013

    " OK so I never finished it. I confess that I bought this book completely based on the cover and suggested it for book club. I loved the idea of it and really did like reading it at first. I think I got sidetracked on it and never finished it in time for the bookclub. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 4/28/2013

    " great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 4/20/2013

    " read a lot b4, sometimes it gets boring during definitions, but you can skip them no prob "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanja | 9/6/2012

    " Lovely and amazing book with funny details. Great pictures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 7/16/2012

    " It started out good, but it hasn't held my interest enough to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/14/2012

    " This book is adorable. It's so creative! It's a fairly hefty book but there are new adventures all throughout. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starvingmuse | 4/15/2012

    " A friend recommended this book to me, actually, because his friend would not stop raving about how brilliant it was. While reading it, I had to agree. I could not put this book down for a moment. It is imaginative, it is hilarious, and it left me craving more. I recommend this book to everybody! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 3/13/2012

    " THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! I think I loved reading this so much because it reminded me of my own dreams, so the kookiness and general mayhem of the book was perfectly understandable to me! So cute, and tons and tons of fun!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margey | 12/8/2011

    " This book wasn't for me. I struggled through the first 120 pages, but couldn't face 600 more of the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/23/2011

    " This is an amazing book, I loved all the 13 and a half chapters. However my very favourite is the one in which bluebear goes to sea in a half walnut shell. For youngsters and those who are young at heart, this is a magical book about Life's journey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 9/18/2011

    " AWESOME BOOK! It has really cool pictures and an amazing story line. Also, with a great pace and like, 500 pages, you will be sucked into it for eternity (or at least until The City of Dreaming Books, The Miraculous Adventures of Rumo, etc.). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dacisings | 8/9/2011

    " This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Incredibly witty, full of amazing absurdities, but intricate, fun, compelling and more. Definitely a little strange (well actually, very strange) but I loved every minute of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 5/21/2011

    " this book makes me feel all kinds of happy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 5/16/2011

    " I can see how others might argue it's too long, but the charm and thrill of this book certainly needs to remain in tact! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wick | 3/9/2011

    " Il libro ha scardinato i miei pregiudizi e si è rivelato una lettura sorprendentemente piacevole, considerando quanto sia facile sbagliare un libro del genere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 3/6/2011

    " Way too long. It could be edited down 300 pages or so. The story/stories also lack a plot which makes the book difficult to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenia | 2/22/2011

    " It's one of my favourite books :D "

About the Author

Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. The world of Zamonia that he created is currently being adapted for the screen. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for severak audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.