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The Phantom Tollbooth

Written by: Norton Juster
Narrated by: Rainn Wilson, Norton Juster
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as "a classic...humorous, full of warmth and real invention" (The New Yorker), this beloved story - first published more than 50 years ago - introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. 

For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! 

Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams....

"I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'" (The New York Times

"The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland." (The Guardian

"The book lingers long after turning the final page.... A classic indeed." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

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What the critics say

"I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'" (Anna Quindlen, The New York Times)
 

"A classic... Humorous, full of warmth and real invention." (The New Yorker

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Tollbooth revisited! Family Affair

How wonderful are the memories of reading THIS book to our son...
Since I've read this story numerous times to my boy. I think I might have passages learned by heart!
I chose this book deliberately just for the opportunity of being read to.... I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED IN THE LEAST!!
Each chapter excited me not just for the story line; but, for the countless teaching moments and associated memories our little family experienced during those parenting bits.
The most often used segment is the Sea of Knowledge. Swimming through knowledge. What a concept. Actually learning valuable information from which to understand why things may turn out differently than anticipated.
Tick Tock, time to wrap my comments up.
EVERYONE, if you've NEVER seen or heard about this book, just listen to the sample.
I know your intrest and curiosity shall be pulled through that wonderful "PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH"
MY family wishes you the 'JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.'

This book is written by a very talented Norton Buster. Wonderfully narrated. Best of all Stands the Test of Time.

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  • J. T. Dimino
  • 2019-03-20

A Favorite

This has long been one of my favorite book of all time, and I'm so happy it's now available as an audiobook, and of one great quality at that!

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  • Amy B
  • 2019-03-20

Worth the author intro alone!

This totally fed my inner children’s literature nerd! I often read along in my old paperback version to keep up with all the innuendo and tongue-in-cheek goodies!

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  • ninewest57th
  • 2019-03-21

Brought back great childhood memories

This audio book is awesome. Fantastic performance of a great book from my childhood. I couldn't stop and ended up finishing the book in one sitting.

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  • Mark Alvarado
  • Fresno, CA USA
  • 2019-04-08

Travaele into the Lands Beyond with Milo

This book is kind of a modern-day Version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, only the main character goes into the lands beyond by means of a mysterious turnpike tollbooth. Take a trip with Milo as his boring life becomes an exciting adventure when he rides along the roads in the land of Expectations.. Accompanied by Tock the watchdog and the Humbug, they meet King Azaz and the Mathemagician who have to agree on disagreeing with each other in order for Milo to go on a quest to rescue the princesses, Rhyme and Reason.

This classic book not only takes you beyond your wildest imagination, but it also shows that sometimes you can make the impossible seem possible by sticking with your task the way Milo did. Don’t forget to check out the movie version of this book starring Butch Patrick. Just don’t get yourself caught in the Dull Drums.

Also recommended: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

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  • Liz Shepard
  • 2019-03-31

My childhood favorite comes to life!

I absolutely loved this. Terrific inflection and fun throughout. I love that I can ride with Tock and Milo any time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-18

Great book

This was one of my favorite stories as a kid. I loved experiencing it again. The narration was perfect and I can’t wait to share it with my kids!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-16

Genius

Fun enough for kids to enjoy with the adventure. With so much wit and information adults will find it enchanting also.

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  • Dayton, OH
  • 2019-08-15

Not so silly at it's core

The themes in this book are relevant to listeners of all ages. It seems like such a silly fantasy, and while yes it is quite an imaginative story, each chapter concludes with a meaningful lesson about purpose and wisdom. Rainn Wilson was the perfect voice for this story and I loved that his son Walter got to speak a bit role in it too (a .58 bit to be exact!).

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  • Steve Wyatt
  • 2019-08-14

Wonderful chidren's book

I have a school teacher friend who reads this to her class every year It can open doors

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  • Carol
  • 2019-08-14

Wonderful book!!

Narrator was great. Enjoyed listening with my kids to a great book that was well read.