The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu audiobook

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

By Mathias Malzieu
Translated by Sarah Ardizzone
Read by Jim Dale

Blackstone Publishing 9780307271686
4.89 Hours Unabridged
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Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, and a man with a musical spine. Dr. Madeleine warns Jack that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions: he must never, ever fall in love. But of course, he does, on his tenth birthday, and with head-over-heels abandon, for a bespectacled young street performer with a soul-stirring voice. But it’s not only Jack’s heart that’s at risk, it’s his very life. Now begins a wild journey of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Andalusia, where Jack will finally learn the great joys—and the greater costs—of owning a fully formed heart.

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Summary

Summary

Audie Award Finalist

A 2010AudioFile Best Book of the Year

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, and a man with a musical spine. Dr. Madeleine warns Jack that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions: he must never, ever fall in love. But of course, he does, on his tenth birthday, and with head-over-heels abandon, for a bespectacled young street performer with a soul-stirring voice. But it’s not only Jack’s heart that’s at risk, it’s his very life. Now begins a wild journey of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Andalusia, where Jack will finally learn the great joys—and the greater costs—of owning a fully formed heart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Malzieu’s prose is distinctly original, spitting and fizzing with unique similes and striking metaphors, wonderfully translated by Sarah Ardizzone.” Guardian (London)
“Affords considerable escapist pleasures…Malzieu sketches European landscapes and crafts figurative language with irresistible relish…Calling to mind a host of cultural touchstones, from Pinocchio to The Wizard of Oz, this kaleidoscopic picaresque will enchant many adults and young people alike.” Publishers Weekly
“This delightful fantasy contains all the components of a traditional fairy tale, but Malzieu’s rich, often sexual, imagery carries it to a much more adult level. The celebrated Jim Dale is an inspired choice to present this quirky take on a timeless love story. His lovely English accent, gift for creating voices, and mastery of pace and intensity make this performance a real treat…Dale’s skills will enthrall adult listeners as they enjoy the magic of Malzieu’s enticing tale. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile 
“Malzieu uses vivid metaphors and fantastical inventions to craft a beautifully written tale of love, both maternal and romantic…not unlike a Tim Burton film—dreamy, dark, and magical.” Library Journal
“Malzieu’s dark, fanciful Tim Burton-esque story is dually delightful and sorrowful. Multiple Grammy, Tony, and Audie award winner Jim Dale infuses his inimitable charm into this French fable, bringing it vividly to life.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“A phantasmagorical novel.” Booklist
“Music from Malzieu’s band Dionysos is seamlessly and appropriately included at the beginning and end of the story. Jim Dale, talented narrator of the Harry Potter series and many other audio titles, captures the beautiful language of this novel in a fully-voiced reading. Jack’s Scottish accent is gentle and easily understood, and the voices of other characters are easily distinguishable. Older teen and adult listeners are in for a treat with this recording. Some graphic sex and language.” SoundCommentary.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Kudos to Jim Dale

I had high hopes for this book, and while Jim Dale is an awesome narrator and the prose was beautiful, I just got bored by the story. It started off really interesting, the premise was fantastical and intriguing, but I never became fully engaged with the characters or what was happening. I tend to avoid books that revolve around an infatuation, and that’s precisely what this one did.

However, for the right audience this is an excellent book. It has brilliant imagery and the writing is inventive and just simply amazing. There were certain passages that I was transfixed by, and a couple that I actually went back to and listened to again. I just wish the actual story had been up to the quality of the prose. But again, if this type of story is one that interests you, you will not be disappointed. It is, indeed, a magical tale.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English