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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

Critic Reviews

"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
  • 03-06-12

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
  • 03-01-12

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
  • 03-01-12

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.

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  • Kaggy
  • 03-01-15

Warning - seriously gruesome but very tasty

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!

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  • illumin8
  • 02-27-17

A seriously dark and twisted gem

This is a story told in a seemingly light hearted humorous whimsical style and yet it keeps spiralling down into darker and more twisted territory. Brilliant.

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  • Mister Bish
  • 05-22-15

Sublime

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.

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  • Colin
  • 10-08-14

Original

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Mixed feelings about this one......

Would you recommend Little Hands Clapping to your friends? Why or why not?

Not for everyone but would suit some listeners.

Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good accents but occasionally felt he put the emphasis in the wrong place.

Did Little Hands Clapping inspire you to do anything?

It's about suicide...well maybe it inspired me to stay alive!

Any additional comments?

It is original and unusual but ...well it's a bit weird really!

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  • 03-15-14

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-13

Love this darkly comic little book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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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.

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  • E
  • 09-05-13

Quirky, funny & wonderful

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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!