The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mathias Malzieu

Narrated By: Jim Dale

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2010

Duration: 4 hours 54 minutes


A fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale'by turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching'about love and heartbreak. Edinburgh, 1874: Born with a frozen heart, Jack is nearly 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, a man with a musical spine. As Jack gets older, Dr. Madeleine warns him that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions: he must never, ever fall in love. And, of course, he does: on his tenth birthday and with head-over-heels abandon. The object of his ardor is Miss Acacia'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'and doubly so when he injures the school bully in a fight for the affections of the beautiful singer. Now begins a wild journey, of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Miss Acacia's home in Andalusia, where Jack will finally learn the great joys, and ultimately the greater costs, of owning a fully formed heart.

'[A]ffords 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


  • gabrielle Harwood

    This is a far cry from science fiction, I love science fiction and this is not it, it is weird and strange and I hated it, I only finished it because I had nothing else to listen to. please recaterize this story, so as not to mislead science fiction fans like myself.

Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

by Mathias Malzieu

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel, Mathias Malzieu