The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones audiobook

The Emperor of Any Place

By Tim Wynne-Jones
Read by Todd Haberkorn

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio 9780763669737
9.23 Hours Unabridged
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The ghosts of war reverberate across the generations in a riveting, time-shifting story within a story from acclaimed thriller writer Tim Wynne-Jones.When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying listen from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The ghosts of war reverberate across the generations in a riveting, time-shifting story within a story from acclaimed thriller writer Tim Wynne-Jones.

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying listen from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will be swept up quickly in the tense relationship between Evan and Griff, as well as the unlikely friendship between enemy soldiers fighting for survival in a surreal landscape. Without spelling out the metaphoric significance of the story within the story, Wynne-Jones provides enough hints for readers to make connections and examine the lines between war and peace, as well as hate and love.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he eliminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Todd Haberkorn transitions between characters, times, and places in an audiobook that weaves two narratives. Evan, a high school student, is stunned by his father’s sudden death and confused about a newly arrived book that seems connected to it. Haberkorn contrasts this somber numbness with a sarcasm that barely contains Evan’s fury when his caustic grandfather arrives. Haberkorn’s portrayal of the cantankerous ninety-year-old ex-Marine is laced with unexpressed grief, a subtlety missed by his grandson…Haberkorn gracefully enacts this story’s complexities, shifting between lightly accented Japanese and the soldiers’ fearful reactions to supernatural beings. Author and narrator bring the novel’s two strands together in a poignant climax. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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Author Bio: Tim Wynne-Jones

Author Bio: Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones is the author of numerous young-adult novels, including The Emperor of Any Place, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award; Blink & Caution, winner of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; and The Uninvited, which was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. In 2012, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to literature.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.23
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English