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Download The Land of Laughs Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Land of Laughs (Unabridged), by Jonathan Carroll
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Carroll Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Land of Laughs: I chose The Land of Laughs for Neil Gaiman Presents because I love Jonathan Carroll's books and want to bring them to as wide an audience as possible. I suspected the character of Thomas Abbey would be both a challenge and an opportunity for the right narrator. Edoardo Ballerini conveys a certain wistfulness and vulnerability underneath Abbey's grumpiness.

Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. An English teacher in a small Connecticut prep school, Abbey is in a crisis. His career is unfulfilling, he has no social or love life to speak of, and he cannot break out of the shadow of his famous father, the actor Stephen Abbey. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, Marshall France. France's books were the only thing that kept Abbey sane during his childhood, and though he was renowned for his lyrical and imaginative children's books, nearly nothing was known about the writer's life.

Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he and Saxony Garder - an intense woman also obsessed with France's life - head to Galen, Missouri, with high hopes of breaking down Anna's resistance. They are surprised to find Anna the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal - even eager to get the project finished as soon as possible.

Even stranger than Anna's behavior is the town of Galen itself. On the surface, all is as a small Midwestern town should be. But the people of the town seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour and are as eag... Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Blaire | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked this book in the beginning. The premise was original and tantalizingly developed. It turned into a totally different book toward the end, though, and it ruined the whole thing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 1/27/2014

    " Not my favorite of his, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Niki | 1/21/2014

    " This is a book that I bought because it was recommenced by Neil Gaiman and I love his books. I didn't know much about the book when I started except it was a professor who took a leave to write a biography about his favorite author. The story starts there and then takes off. It is interesting and takes lots of weird twists and turns all the way to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa Scott | 1/20/2014

    " I picked this title out because it is in the "Neil Gaiman Presents" lineup on Audible and the premise sounded interesting. It's incredibly well-written, but I spent most of the book disgusted with the main character, and that usually ruins books for me. It got an extra star from me because of the ending (which I know many people disliked, but which I thought tied a nice evil little bow on the story). "

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