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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zamonia Series Release Date:
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jean Emmerich | 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 by Sarah Augusta | 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 by Jessica Reidy | 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 by Alyssa Meijer Drees | 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. "

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