The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

A Novel
Written by Mathias Malzieu
Narrated by Jim Dale
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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

A Novel
Written by Mathias Malzieu | Narrated by Jim Dale
A “phantasmagorical” listen (Booklist): In 1874, a sickly infant is saved from the brink of death by an unorthodox procedure. Warned that his clockwork heart could fail if he ever falls in love, Jack grows up and does just that… Beloved narrator Jim Dale’s “lovely English accent, gift for creating voices, and mastery of pace and intensity make this performance a real treat” (AudioFile).


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.

Categories: Editor's Pick, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Run time: 04:53:08
Unabridged Audiobook

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