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.
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"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)
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.
Dog loving history nerd with a geranium fetish and a need to read.
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 :)
Happy, vegetarian, swimming, Spanish learning, walking, knitting, partnered man. Teacher and learner.
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.
Will read anything within reason.
I bought this audiobook on a whim after reading somebody else's recommendation. As I started listening to this I wasn't sure if I would like it. There just seemed to be a point in the story where a switch was flicked and I was seriously engrossed in this dark tale of love, appalling behaviour and a museum dedicated to suicide. Dan Rhodes has managed to weave a tale that inspires shock, horror and disgust but is also heart flutteringly romantic and with an ending to die for.
The humour is in the style of 'The League of Gentlemen' - (television programme and not the film). I was so glad I was not eating while listening!
A fantastic story, weaving together the lives of several (nine or so, plus some brilliant supporting cast) beautifully drawn characters through a delightfully black comedy. Dan Rhodes shows us his characters' thoughts and motivations through potted histories and quirky vignettes while toying with the story's structure - never mind foreshadowing, he flat out tells you what's going to happen at the end of most chapters, but does so in a way that makes clear that the journey is more important than the destination. Kris Dyer's performance took a while to get used to, but its "high camp" (if you'll excuse the 'meta' quote from the text) is entirely suited to the source material. All in all, an excellent listen, and highly recommended.
Mixed feelings about this one......
Not for everyone but would suit some listeners.
Good accents but occasionally felt he put the emphasis in the wrong place.
It's about suicide...well maybe it inspired me to stay alive!
It is original and unusual but ...well it's a bit weird really!
It is in the top 5
None! I've not read/listened to anything like this ever!
Hurde - he creates a fabulous picture of a larger than life buxom German Fraulein
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
I don't have anything to compare it to
descriptive, creative, consistent
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.
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