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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lura | 1/18/2014

    " Engaging, surprisingly surreal, and a tad creepy. Within a few chapters made Carroll one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this quirky novel. It's a fantasy book that's not too over-the-top. Well...maybe a little, but it's great. Book jacket blurb states, "Jonathan Carroll is a cult waiting to be born." Could not agree more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/9/2014

    " Great author of magical realism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/5/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent character development and story line. I like a book I can get lost in, which is pretty much the whole premise of this book. Clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/5/2013

    " wow! you won't forget it...that's for sure. Wish I owned a copy. It's billed as Sci Fi...and it is, i guess...but more along the lines of strange things happen, so time warps or oxygen freezs or anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregor Xane | 10/6/2013

    " Carroll's idiosyncratic writing style is extremely smooth and readable. Although some moments were somewhat cutesy for my taste, I rather enjoyed this book. I'd give it 3.5 stars, if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 10/1/2013

    " Another really strange one. I haven't read anything else of his, but I'm definitely going to now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim N | 6/1/2013

    " I just finished listening to the newly-released audiobook of The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll. It's been one of my favorite books since I first discovered it a few decades ago and the audiobook doesn't disappoint. It's well read and the story's slow build works as well ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yukari | 12/12/2011

    " It's just OK for me. I guess I expected too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haunt | 11/6/2011

    " se mettiamo tra parentesi il finale un po' troppo americaneggiante, il resto del libro è evocativo e ordinato, quasi perfetto! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/3/2011

    " I just finished listening to the newly-released audiobook of The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll. It's been one of my favorite books since I first discovered it a few decades ago and the audiobook doesn't disappoint. It's well read and the story's slow build works as well ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca_luz | 9/25/2011

    " Not the first novel I've read, it is probably one of the last by Mr. Carroll. The only thing I can say is that Carroll had talent back then, as much as he has now. I love all of his novels...
    If you're looking for magic, Carroll is what you need... "

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

    " Interesting book about books, but certainly not as well written as the many imaginary books it contains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 7/9/2011

    " Read this ages ago... Fun book... seriously weird ending... perfect, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tish | 5/29/2011

    " Recommended on the shelf at Powells. Super enjoyable read. The ending feels a little rushed, but totally forgivable for a first novel. Excited to keep reading Jonathon Carroll's stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregor | 5/13/2011

    " Carroll's idiosyncratic writing style is extremely smooth and readable. Although some moments were somewhat cutesy for my taste, I rather enjoyed this book. I'd give it 3.5 stars, if I could. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spacedaisie | 4/26/2011

    " I'm generally not a Jonathan Carroll fan. I find that his premises are often more interesting than the narrative itself. But the twist ending - and the fact that I didn't see it coming - bumped my rating up a star. And I'll probably give Jonathan Carroll one more try.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 4/12/2011

    " Another great book about books. My only regret is that I read Inkheart before I found this book. Still, this was a very enjoyable read, and I'll likely pick up another Jonathan Carroll book soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/12/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books of Jonathan Carroll's, this and Bones of the Moon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/1/2010

    " I think I was a little too hard on this book. It's got some pretty solid characters and is an enjoyable read, but I couldn't help but be a little bugged that it all led up to a couple of "gotcha" moments. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Caroll’s novel The Wooden Sea was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. He is the author of such acclaimed novels as White Apples, The Land of Laughs, The Marriage of Sticks, and Bones of the Moon

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.