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Author: Nicholas Gannon Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Doldrums Series Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780062395740
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Have you ever wanted to hold a little piece of the impossible? The Doldrums is an extraordinary debut about friendship, imagination, and the yearning for adventure, from author-artist Nicholas Gannon. A modern classic in the making, The Doldrums is for readers of inventive and timeless authors such as Brian Selznick and Lemony Snicket.

Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. No, he needs an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers … until they got stuck atop that iceberg. Now Archer’s mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide, the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile; and Oliver, the boy next door, to help him rescue his grandparents.

Author-artist Nicholas Gannon’s imagination is even more fantastic than Archer’s. The Doldrums whisks us off on an adventure full of sly humor, incredible detail, and enormous heart. With gorgeous, literary writing, Nicholas Gannon proves himself to be a rare and distinctive new talent. Be in it for the limitless imagination, for the characters who capture your heart, and for the rich world you’ll want to settle into. But most of all, be in it for the friendship. That, after all, is the true adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Doldrums is delightful! What a wonderful ride of a book!”

    Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A dreamy charmer of a book, full of clever wordplay that practically demands it be read out loud.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] warm and witty debut…a tale of true friendship. Each breaks out of his or her own prison in unusual ways so that together the trio accomplishes far more than they could have on their own.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Quippy quotes, whimsically meandering exposition, and penchant for the gently absurd breathe life into his three main characters…A tender tale of friendship, untapped courage, and accidental adventure, filled with the spirit of exploration.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Amusing, heartwarming, and zany.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Bronson Pinchot’s exhilarating performance is filled with versatile and evocative character voices….With a delightful French accent, Pinchot captures Adelaide’s soft voice and gentle personality. His eclectic assortment of voices, full of personality, reveal the characters’ larger-than-life attributes—especially those of the brash, boisterous, somewhat unhinged Mrs. Murkley. Pinchot’s effervescent performance and spot-on character portrayals highlight not only the irony and humor but also the poignant themes of this heartwarming story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This whimsical coming-of-age story has a touch of mystery that will endear it to fans of Roald Dahl.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Nicholas Gannon is a graduate of Parsons School for Design. He has lived in many places since his childhood, including Minnesota and upstate New York, but he now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.