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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • KatMama
  • 2019-04-18

Low-key, interesting audible rendition

LOVE this book, and I own it in every possible version and format: hardcover, worn-out softcover, special anniversary editions, Chuck Jones cartoon, and now audiobook. At first I was taken aback by this reading by Rainn Wilson, but he won me over with his style and approach. Fantastic audiobook and recommend for any reader new or old.

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  • Constant State of Unrest
  • 2019-04-11

Perfect! Flawless! Impeccable!

I loved this book as a kid and Rainn Wilson did it justice with his many voices and enthusiasm. The story emphasizes purposeful thought and demonizes (literally) ignorance. This book is elementary for encouraging young readers to learn with intention and sheds light on the plethora of fascinating things to discover.

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  • Alex Robbins
  • 2019-04-10

Wonderful!

My parents read this to me as a child. It was so wonderful to register what I had forgotten. To explore again where I got some of my core cues growing up. Definitely a must read for every child, and then later on, again as an adult!

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  • KimmyD1213
  • 2019-03-20

Good Story Boring Audiobook

I absolutely loved this story when I read it in elementary school, however I found this audio book to be very boring. The voice of the narrator puts me to sleep

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