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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fay Weldon, Marie Rutkoski Narrator: Katherine Kellgren, Lorelei King Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kronos Chronicles Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781427205490
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Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world.

The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “...a sweet and charming fantasy, perfect for fans of ELLA ENCHANTED or THE PRINCESS ACADEMY.... Lorelei King is a talented narrator whose superb creation of whimsical characters is beautifully done. AudioFile, Winner of an Earphones Award

  • “In this utterly engrossing book, Marie Rutkoski combines sixteenth century European history with magic-rich fantasy to create a story that readers will find irresistible. Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Review
  • "Readers . . . who enjoy literary fantasy are likely to savor Marie Rutkoski's debut novel, which was inspired by the grisly legend associated with the famous astronomical clock in Prague's Old Town Square. The Wall Street Journal
  • “Like Phillip Pullman's young Lyra, [Petra] matures in worlds more complex than she had imagined. The Chicago Tribune
  • “Add this heady mix of history and enchantment to the season's list of astonishingly accomplished first novels. . . . [Petra] proves herself a worthy relative of, say Philip Pullman's quick-thinking, fearless heroines. . . Infusions of folklore don't slow down the fast plot but more deeply entrance readers. Starred, Publishers Weekly
  • “Loved this book. Strong girl character. Fascinating alternate Bohemia world. Clever silhouette cover. BOUND, MSN Entertainment Book Blog
  • “For those who like their fantasy with a splash of history, or their history with a twist of magic, this book is ideal. School Library Journal
  • “Fresh and fortuitous. The Horn Book
  • “Rutkoski poses searching questions about perception and judgment, and plants plenty of seeds for future installments, but this first novel of adventure, loyalty and familial love (not to mention magic) wraps up quite satisfyingly. Shelf Awareness
  • “The Cabinet of Wonders is just that--a book to get lost in, to be amazed and astonished by, to explore with curiosity and delight. Books & Books, Miami, Florida
  • “Rutkoski's fantasy features quirky characters, imaginative world building, and a hint of trouble to come that will create demand for the next book in the planned Kronos Chronicles series. Booklist
  • “Though Rutkoski wraps up her magical tale beautifully, her lovable cast and intriguing scenarios are certain to bring readers back for a second round in The Kronos Chronicles. BookPage
  • “Rutkoski effectively uses the romance of the region and the mystique of gypsy legends to evoke an atmosphere of danger and adventure. Her well-crafted fantasy world is a mix of magic and technology . . . that, along with the thoroughly likeable characters, will quickly draw readers in and have them eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series. Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
  • “It was like a mix of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader

  • Among longlisted titles for Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML
  • Among longlisted titles for Utah Beehive Book Award Master List, 2011
  • Among longlisted titles for Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List
  • Among longlisted titles for Utah Children's Book Award Master List
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Utah Beehive Book Award Master List
  • Among longlisted titles for Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
  • Among longlisted titles for An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, 2008
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, 2011
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Among longlisted titles for Utah Beehive Book Award Master List, 2010
  • Among longlisted titles for Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/16/2014

    " Very intriguing and full of adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MarinaISD | 2/14/2014

    " I had a hard time getting into it (though I don't know why because the beginning was equally interesting) but when I finally was able to sit down in peace and read it for a long time I got really into it and I think it was absolutely amazing!!!! It is now one of my favorite books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliefrick | 1/29/2014

    " Pretty good, if a bit uneven. A complex story, slightly dark, mixing Eastern European Renaissance history with some magic and myth. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/29/2014

    " i thought it was ok...sometimes not a page turner...but it was ok! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/27/2014

    " Best youth/young adult start of a series I have ever read. I'm so excited to read the next one. I love that the setting is not in the USA. I enjoyed the brusk turns from what we all believe to be reality to magic and fantasy elements. It was enjoyable to see the author give details and not need to over-explain them. It's a fictional story that is a wonderful journey of a daughter who wants nothing more than to give her father back his eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Nydam | 1/27/2014

    " This book features a rich and interesting magical world, including elements of steampunk (a magical clock and living clockwork animals), real history (this city of Prague and some characters, such as John Dee, are inspired by real history), and plenty of interesting twists on how magic works. My two 4th graders loved it, and their favorite character, as well as mine, is probably the tin spider, our hero Petra's companion. I admit to never quite being able to get a grip on the whole stolen eyes thing - but maybe that's just my admitted phobia about eye damage! I also found the ending slightly unsatisfactory - I appreciated the author's honesty in pointing out to Petra that her heroic adventure may not actually have been a great idea, but even when we're setting up for the sequel I like a little more closure in each book. However, overall this was a rollicking adventure in an intriguing magical world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laural | 1/26/2014

    " I originally got this book for my pre-teen daughter. She thought the beginning was weird and so didn't continue on. I read it to prove her wrong and I REALLY like it! It's a fun read, great imagination. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 1/17/2014

    " It has 'cabinet' and 'wonders' in the title, two of my favorite words! I really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading the rest of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanna | 1/13/2014

    " This book was like a break for me. Sometimes I get tired of reading extrenuous amount of higer reading levels so it's nice to take a break every onece in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/26/2013

    " Sophie read this one and couldn't put it down...maybe I'll get to it one of these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paxson | 12/25/2013

    " This is a fun filled book about a girl who tries to get her father's eyes back from the prince. She travels to the main city from a town called Okno. She meets a friend along the way that helps her alot. If you like great Fantasy-Fiction books this is a great book for you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Macrae | 12/20/2013

    " I'm about half way through this book and I love it. Petra does things I can't even imagine or think of in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi Idzikowski | 12/4/2013

    " I'm always delighted when I come across an original children's fantasy novel. Not only is The Cabinet of Wonders creatively plotted, it is magnificently written! Definitely worth a look. 4.5 stars here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krys | 12/3/2013

    " What a unique premise... Petra must sneak into a palace in Prague to steal her Father's eyes back from the Prince... Quoi? Still, ghost fingers, acid sweating dye mistresses, and talking tin spiders make this such a delightful read. Can't wait for "The Celestial Globe" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/17/2013

    " Quite an adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 10/29/2013

    " It was amazing! Oficially named my fav series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 10/9/2013

    " It's okay. Marin keeps getting bored, so I don't know if we'll finish this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 3/26/2013

    " This was a random find, but still tons of fun. When is the next one coming out? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Flores | 2/14/2013

    " Very cute book !!A spider and takes u on an fun adventure!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 12/3/2012

    " It was a little slow to start, and it dragged in places, but the concept and the story were entertaining. Not a mainstream book, but for the right kid, a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nono | 10/6/2012

    " I quite enjoyed this book. A very steampunk feel to it. A fantasy that is sort of reality based in Victorian Hungary. Lots of machines and magic. A great fiesty heroine (Petra)who is clever and saves the day in the long run. Also a good hero in Neel the young gypsy boy. Looking forward to #2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/13/2012

    " Loved this book so much. Good clean fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/2/2012

    " A delightful read. I became quite fond of Astrophil, the mechanical spider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/8/2012

    " This wondrous blend of history and imagination introduces us to Petra, a young girl who goes on a quest to recover her father's eyes, which have been stolen by the prince. Action, adventure, subtlety, and a main character you won't be able to forget. Fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 1/16/2012

    " Good little read and I'm looking forward to the next ones in the series. An intriguing adventure novel in a fantastical, magical world. Strong characters and a good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 5/17/2011

    " good start I liked the book as a whole but the characters dident develope that much
    good book but little too drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pammie | 5/16/2011

    " This Bluebonnet nominee was an interesting mix of fantasy and history. I hope to see more by this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tigger-ghost | 4/30/2011

    " the series are awesome . read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 4/16/2011

    " The first book in a series, it definitely left you hanging at the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 4/7/2011

    " Very intriguing and full of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lkenner | 4/6/2011

    " Great Book! Really shares a great thick texture of adventure. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/2/2011

    " It's okay. Marin keeps getting bored, so I don't know if we'll finish this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 3/8/2011

    " Whimsical, amusing, and fresh. This book is a must read; there is nothing quite like this colorful novel. It puts you on the scene of the little-explored Czech and Romany cultures; brand-new to our American eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/7/2011

    " Fantasy, set during Hapsburg empire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/20/2011

    " Petra's father builds the world's finest astronomical clock for the prince of Bohemia, and in return, the evil prince steals his eyes. Petra and her pet tin spider head to the city to steal her father's eyes back... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryLynn | 1/14/2011

    " It took me awhile to get into it, but then I liked it quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karis | 1/6/2011

    " Excellent book. A great blend of history, fantasy, adventure, and intrigue. I can't wait to read the 2nd book, "The Celestial Globe". This is going to be a great series. "

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About the Author
Author Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon is one of Britain’s most respected and best-loved authors. She lives on a windswept hill in Dorset with her husband and has four sons, three stepsons, and six grandchildren.

About the Narrators

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award and forty-two AudioFile Earphone Awards.

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.