1 MP3-CD. 2 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $14.99. ISBN 9781491572399.
RedReviewStarGr 3–8—On the eve of apprentice clockmaker Karl's unveiling of his new figure for the town clock, villagers gather in the local tavern to hear the latest chilling tale from young storyteller Fritz. Just before Fritz begins, a despondent Karl reveals to his friend that he has no figure for the clock and will be the first clockmaker to fail at the task in hundreds of year. Fritz himself is a little concerned as he begins his tale because he doesn't have an ending for his story yet. The chilling tale he weaves tells of a mad clockmaker, a desperate royal family, a dying child, and a prince who returns from a hunting trip dead, his young child bundled in the back of his carriage. But when the dark clockmaker from Fritz's tale suddenly appears in the tavern door and events in the story begin to play out, the villagers scatter in horror. Only Karl and the clockmaker reamin, and the man presents young Karl with an evil opportunity to avoid his looming failure. This eerie tale is masterfully told by narrator Anton Lesser, whose voices are perfectly matched to the characters. Lesser's pitch, pacing, and storytelling abilities send a chill up the spine and will leave listeners breathless.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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