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Little Hands Clapping

In a room above a bizarre German museum lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. Little Hands Clapping brings together the Old Man with the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown together as the town uncovers a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world.
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Publisher's Summary

In a room above a bizarre German museum, and far from the prying eyes of strangers, lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. Little Hands Clapping brings together the Old Man with the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown together as the town uncovers a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world.

From its sinister opening to its explosive denouement, Little Hands Clapping blends lavishly entertaining storytelling with Rhodes's macabre imagination, entrancing originality, and magical touch.

©2010 Dan Rhodes (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Oh, how we love Dan Rhodes. Reliably odd but fabulous." (Guardian)

"Dan Rhodes is totally sick and brilliant in all the right ways. He sucks you into his world and before you know it, you're willingly trapped. So very smart. I loved it." (Douglas Coupland)

"Dan Rhodes has deservedly made a name for himself as an assured comic stylist. Little Hands Clapping is an amusing fable about thwarted altruism and good intentions gone askew. It should please cynical idealists and idealistic cynics alike." (Financial Times)

"Suicide museum horror meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez romance, welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Dan Rhodes." (John O'Connell, Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

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    Mr North Tawton, United Kingdom 06/03/2012
    Mr North Tawton, United Kingdom 06/03/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Curious, dark, creepy and delightful."

    What a wonderful book; heart-warming and creepy in equal measure. Kris Dyer's narration lends the perfect tone to this book, giving it a quietly sinister and pensive air throughout. The storytelling kept me listening, both in rapt delight and ghoulish curiosity.

    Definitely looking forward to more from this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greenie Notts, UK 01/03/2012
    Greenie Notts, UK 01/03/2012 Listener Since 2008
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    "Amazing!"

    Despite the somewhat "dodgy" subject matter, this had me laughing out loud frequently! At times the storyline seems to drift away, in fact I was wondering if it was a collection of short stories at one point, but it all comes together wonderfully. Beautifully narrated in a droll style, with amusing accents, and a tidy ending, this book has it all and I shall be looking for more by this author. Definitely a 5* listen :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Enfield, United Kingdom 01/03/2012
    Mark Enfield, United Kingdom 01/03/2012 Member Since 2011

    kingrollo

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    "Strong and moving"

    I started listening, and then every evening I had to listen to some more. The narration was really entertaining, the accents vivid and I was sad when the end of the story came, and what a story, I wish all of Dan Rhodes books were on audible, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Making time to listen LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom 15/03/2014
    Making time to listen LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom 15/03/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous, Disturbing & Hilarious"
    Where does Little Hands Clapping rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 5


    What other book might you compare Little Hands Clapping to, and why?

    None! I've not read/listened to anything like this ever!


    Which character – as performed by Kris Dyer – was your favourite?

    Hurde - he creates a fabulous picture of a larger than life buxom German Fraulein


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never assume


    Any additional comments?

    This strange tale is filled with fabulous and unique characters each with their own individual stories which have made them who they are. It seems a million miles away from reality and the people in my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Owen Ball Ireland 19/11/2013
    Mr. Owen Ball Ireland 19/11/2013

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    "Love this darkly comic little book"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love this, very Brothers Grimm-like, darkly humorous book. Everything about the opening character and scene, set in a museum to the act of suicide, sets you up for a quirky little story. Very well matched by Kris Dyer's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E Swansea, United Kingdom 05/09/2013
    E Swansea, United Kingdom 05/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Quirky, funny & wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    This book sat for some time in my 'wish list' and I'm disappointed I didn't downloaded it sooner! Consisting of a wonderful host of character whos intertwining lives keep you interested and entertained to the very last word!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane wareside, United Kingdom 12/08/2013
    Jane wareside, United Kingdom 12/08/2013 Member Since 2012

    I tend to listen to my audiobooks in the car and like to be entertained. Anything with a good storyline. Fiction is my preferred bag

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    "Convoluted Tale With A Twist"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No - It warrants continuous listening, It is a complicated story which if you break too often you lose the thread. I enjoyed it even though I had to back track to refresh myself on what had just happened before.


    What other book might you compare Little Hands Clapping to, and why?

    I don't have anything to compare it to


    What three words best describe Kris Dyer’s performance?

    descriptive, creative, consistent


    Was Little Hands Clapping worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Its quirky, I enjoyed it but at times thought I might give up, but only because I didn't do back to back listening over a short period of time. I will probably listen to again as there are so many great bits in it which I will just want to hear again like the spider when the curator is asleep.
    The narrator maintains characterisations throughout really well and help you to picture characters such as Lotta and Mrs Pavarotti well.
    The descriptive writing is good so you can really visualise the characters, smells and locations with ease and the plot intertwines all the characters cleverly.

    This is a complex story of desire,death and peculiarities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    natasha Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    natasha Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "unlike anything i have listened to"

    What an unusual book this is. I was not sure what to expect, but as the book had good reviews i thought i would go for it. i was glad i did. It is such an entertaining story, funny and very descriptive. Not my usual read, but i loved it.

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    Vicky London, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Vicky London, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "Disturbing, uplifting and captivating"

    It took me a little while to get into the story as there are several disparate strings that only come together in the end but I was very glad that I persisted. The story is darkly comic, full of surprises, twists and turns and draws you in through richly descriptive language and a brilliant narrator. At times it almost made me wretch, frequently I'd laugh out loud and at one point I actually cried - so quite an emotional rollercoaster! This is definitely not a story for the faint hearted and it will probably stay with you for a long time after you've finished reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline ambleside, United Kingdom 28/10/2012
    Caroline ambleside, United Kingdom 28/10/2012 Listener Since 2010
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    "gave up"

    I like, wierd, odd, different and challenging subject matters so was looking forward to this. started off great but then went back in time for hours about stuff that just bored me and I lost the thread...Gave up in the end, one of the few books I have not finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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