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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,917 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Paul Michael Garci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zamonia Series Release Date:
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Following The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures comes a third hilarious and beloved Zamonia book, the most popular yet. It is a fantastic tale for every book lover.

Optimus Yarnspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm—the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions: priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics. But as Yarnspinner pursues the trail of the missing author, the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself—cold-blooded book hunters, cyclopean Fearsome Booklings, sharp-toothed Animatomes, and of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beneath the city at night. Will Yarnspinner survive his quest into this world where reading is a genuine adventure?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A salmagundi of whimsy, imagination, and book lore—remarkable fun.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “German author and cartoonist Moers returns to the mythical lost continent of Zamonia in his uproarious third fantasy adventure to be translated into English, a delightfully imaginative mélange of Shel Silverstein zaniness and oddball anthropomorphism à la Terry Pratchett’s Discworld…A wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s back to Zamonia, scene of Moers’ 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and Rumo, for another tale of intrigue, battles to the death, and books…Entertaining characters, terrifying monsters, and wonders beyond imagining make Zamonia the place for fascinating adventure.”


  • “German novelist Moers puts Tolkien through some sort of Willy Wonka sweetening process and comes up with characters such as Optimus Yarnspinner, who, names being fate and all, just has to be a storyteller.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/13/2014

    " Thoroughly entertaining; I particularly enjoyed the vivid narration by Dirk Bach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ines | 1/23/2014

    " I love the Zamonia-books, they are so imaginative. I give only 4 stars because I thought the beginning was a little slow. But the second half was so exciting that I couldn't put it down, and I loved the little Booklings (Buchlinge)!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 1/5/2014

    " A book-related fantasy with moments of great charm. I enjoyed many of the sendups of book selling, editing and writing, but thought it could have been shorter. I enjoyed the world building but was underwhelmed by the character development and plot. Overall, a pleasant light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Connlasair | 12/24/2013

    " This is my favourite book. It's a pure pleasure to read, it has everything a good book need. I can't wait to read it again :) "

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About the Author
Author Walter Moers

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.