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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Jackson Bennett Narrator: Luis Moreno Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions

But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father’s troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.

Because there is a secret within Silenus’ show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it’s not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.

And soon … he is as well.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Missy | 2/12/2014

    " Terribly predictable. Seemed like a young adult book to me with the exception of the F word thrown in there a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lily | 2/11/2014

    " Was different to his other 2 books. Not as much violence. Not the sort I usually read. This one was more in the realms of Harry Potter and Nights at the circus (Angela Carter). However, it kept me gripped to the end and i enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles Dee Mitchell | 2/5/2014

    " George Carole is a sixteen-year-old boy searching for a father he has never known. He suspects that he is one Heironomo Silenus, leader of a vaudeville troupe. George's only clue is that he once saw his grandmother spit on a playbill advertising a Silenus performance. When George catches up with SIlenus, their first encounter sets the tone for the rest of Bennett't enjoyable and very strange third novel. George watches the act and sees that during the final musical performance, he is the only audience member who does not go into a trance. Their spirits are uplifted, and they leave the theater in a pleasant daze. George hears both the music performed onstage and the echo of another song beneath that music. By the end of the evening, George will have revealed himself to the troupe and also warned them that the men in gray suits and black bowlers have surrounded their hotel, something George instinctively knows is not a good thing. During the hasty retreat the troupe makes for the train station, George is with Silenus as they are pursued by invisible wolves that are only distracted when Silenus makes an outline of his and George's reflections in a mixture of blood and dirt, peels it off a storefront window, and sends the wolves in pursuit of it. This is no ordinary vaudeville act. Their song could be all that stands between our world and the chaotic darkness that would engulf it if the wolves had their way. Bennett's plot does some meandering, but his characters are well-drawn and I didn't mind the looseness of the narrative since it involved multi-dimensional travel, some grave robbing, creepy puppets, and decadent fairies. That no one is quite who they appear to be goes without saying, but Bennett is still able to surprise the reader. This is also a coming-of-age story that takes place in most unusual circumstances, and in which the fate of all we know as creation hangs in the balance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/2/2014

    " I loved this book! It reminded me of my favorite Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods. A seedy troupe of players, led by a strange and somewhat cruel man, have more to do than entertain. Great ending, great characters, especially George the pianist, who seeks out the troupe because he knows Silenus is his father. I feel that its fantasy at its best, with a dark, thrilling undertone. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett’s 2010 debut, Mr. Shivers, won the Shirley Jackson Award as well as the Sydney J. Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K. Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His third novel, The Troupe, was published to high critical and popular acclaim. Born in Baton Rouge, he now lives in Austin with his wife and son.