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Download The Thirteen Clocks Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thurber Narrator: Edward Woodard Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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The Thirteen Clocks is James Thurber's enduring story of life in a castle where time stands still on every clock at 10 minutes to five. The Duke of the castle ignores time and pays no attention to temperature either. He is a wicked Duke who has hands cold enough to choke a bull. The only warmth he understands is the warm hands of Princess Saralinda, his fair niece, whom he cherishes and protects from suitors. In a comic and poetic way, this story makes us all want to love a Princess and to be a Prince. What's more, we want the 13 castle clocks to whir and tick and tell us that the time is NOW. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Resmy | 2/17/2014

    " Lovely childrens book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Prewett | 2/15/2014

    " If you don't know what the phrase guggle to zatch means, then this book is for you! Classy, witty, and unconventional, this is Thurber at his best. Find a copy with illustrations by Marc Simont otherwise you'll miss out decidely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/13/2014

    " I usually like this type of book, but it just didn't capture me. How this can be a book for children is a bit beyond me, but oh well....I'm glad I read it AND glad it wasn't very long.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 2/3/2014

    " Thurber has an amazing vocabulary, and I love reading his books just for sheer joy of experiencing what he can do with words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia Margaret | 1/31/2014

    " Book 38 of 52 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayenne | 1/19/2014

    " Very Thurber and a quick read. I love the names he comes up with for all his characters--how they mean something, but at the same time they don't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teea | 1/19/2014

    " This book is a VERY quick read and I loved every second of it. It's a fairytale told in animated sing song way, playing on words and phrases and making up words in places as well. It's silly, witty, and I plan on reading it to my girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jl | 12/8/2013

    " Fun, very fast read. This was a more traditional fairy tale than I expected, but the writing's great. I enjoyed slipping in and out of rhymes and liked the wordplay. Since The 13 Clocks can practically be read in one sitting, it's worth checking out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fern | 12/6/2013

    " wry spry and thoroughly fun. am going to read this to my niece as soon as she's old enough "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Zartman | 12/4/2013

    " This delightful little book charms me every time I pick it up. Our family has read it aloud a number of times. Thurber's wit and ability with words inspire me as an author and tickle my fancy as a reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 11/25/2013

    " Very sweet and fairytale ish. For younger kids "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glory | 10/9/2013

    " A strange fairy tale. sometimes the story seemed to suddenly fast forward without any notice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 8/19/2013

    " Certainly not like any story I have ever read before. I loved the characters and thought that the plot was great. I felt like I was very young (like 3) and listening to my parents read me fairy tales and storys with happy endings just like this story. Good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlie | 4/8/2013

    " We read this with the kids in just two days. It was a fun, fast family read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Werebot | 1/14/2013

    " I was reading this book to my kid, but finished it by myself. It appears in the book "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die". Trust me -- Go ahead and die. You can miss this one. I know Thurber's great, but this book is nonsense, and not in the cool way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 1/6/2013

    " Read this as part of the Boxalls list. Not really sure why this is on the 1001 books to read before you die, but it is. A quick read, that struck me as a fairy story. I, (like some other reviewers) suspect I must have missed something...? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 11/26/2012

    " This whole book was like a poem, very lyrical and fun for younger-than-me people. I liked it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/1/2012

    " I have finally got a chance to read this little delight. I have such a weakness for 'childrens' stories. Maybe it is a sign of never growing up but I just love books like this, especially with such beautiful illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 6/17/2012

    " I read this ages ago. Its humor, sarcasm and irony blew me away. Nor really for the small kids; more adult humor! "

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

    " I can't wait to read this book to my kids!! It's everything a fairy tale should be. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/29/2012

    " I like The Phantom Tollbooth better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 3/1/2012

    " When Neil Gaiman claims that this is the best book ever, you have to at least give it a glance. A wonderful children's book in the spirit of Alice in Wonderland. The wordplay in the book and the illustrations were wonderful... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgett | 9/7/2011

    " This fairy tale-like story is quite short, but very fun. There's a warm, good princess and a cold, evil duke. A prince in disguise has to win a quest assigned to him by the duke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fizza | 7/12/2011

    " recommended for any kid, and adult "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/8/2011

    " James Thurber is a writer like no other. He is funny, clever and intelligent. This is a kids book really - but fun for all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 5/1/2011

    " A once upon a time fairy tale. I enjoyed Thurber's writing!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/2/2011

    " Satisfying adult fairy tale with interesting word play, hidden poems and great characters. That is one very evil Duke. I liked the Golux, all powerful but with a weak memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/24/2011

    " This book should be read aloud to fully enjoy the phrasing and poetic speeches.
    A fun fairy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/24/2011

    " Fabulous read with the kids! We all loved it...especially the quirky paragraphs here and there with excellent tongue twisters. :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Machaia | 1/15/2011

    " What a strange little book. It appears to be for children, but it is not. It was rather interesting I must admit. I found it in a library discard pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathaniel | 1/11/2011

    " I read this when I was kid, and I liked it. I re-read it recently, and I laughed out loud several times. It is very witty and self-aware, and I think it took me an hour or two at most to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/4/2011

    " I'm enjoying it. A fun kid's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/3/2011

    " My sister loves this. It was not my favorite fairy tale, but amusing. I just was bothered occasionally by having to re-read because of the confusing writing. "

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About the Author
Author James Thurber

James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and launched his professional writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch in 1920. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1927 after his friend and fellow writer E. B. White got him a job at the magazine. Though hampered by failing eyesight, Thurber wrote nearly forty books, including collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories. He won a Tony Award for his popular Broadway play, A Thurber Carnival. Both that story and My Life and Hard Times have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.