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Download The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus (Unabridged), by Clive Barker
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Barker Narrator: Bruce Donnelly Publisher: Crossroad Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide, and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strongman they call Hero (which is short for Hieronymus), and a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo, who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant ibis bird, the troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.

From the first story, in which Indigo Murphy, the best bird handler in the world, leaves the show to join in matrimony with the Duke Lorenzo de Medici, to the fabled court of Kubla Khan, the magic never stops. You will meet a young apple thief named Angelo with magic eyes, an orangutan named Bathsheba, and a host of other amazing characters with names and personas cut like a patchwork quilt from the mythologies and dreams of the world.

Though written 40 years ago, these stories are full of the same magical side steps that have always been woven into Clive Barker's fiction. These are worlds not quit our own, and yet so real they ring with truth and leave you wishing you could step from your mundane life into that other place - into those caves of ice - if only long enough to catch Maximillian's show.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 9/9/2013

    " Quick read. Would be nice if he wrote an actual novel based on these ideas. Characters are interesting enough in his rough characterization that I was left wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie Revell | 7/29/2013

    " That was rather jolly :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Corinne | 7/29/2012

    " Positively wonderful! the story is captivating and whimsical, but still has that darkness that Clive Barker uses so well. There's nothing like one of his creative tales to restore your faith in literature. I only wish this book was read more. It finishes quickly and will leave a smile on your face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M.E. Purfield | 6/30/2012

    " Charming. Silly. And a lot of fun. Would say this would fall into classic MG. "

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