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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale, read by Ruby Bentall.

Do you remember when you believed in magic?

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.

The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.

But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own....

A dark, enchanting, spectacularly imaginative novel perfect for fans of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.

©2018 Robert Dinsdale (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-18

disappointing

I was so excited to read this book. the narration was fine and the storyline. But I found it an unenjoyable listen. it was very vague in areas and often unclear. such promise of enchantment but sadly lacking

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-18

if you like the night Circus your love this book

this book is an intriguing story and keeps you guessing what's round the corner with magic and mystery well worth a listen

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  • 05-17-18

Fantastic.

I could not stop listening to this story. Oh to be a child waiting for the opening of Papa Jack's Emporium of delights. You can almost wish for wind up solders and plush dogs. Please listen to this story you won't be able to put it done.

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  • marc123
  • 05-06-18

Enchanting and wholly captivating

I don’t read many novels and reserve my time for scientific literature but this captivated me from the start sparking imagination and emotion at every possible twist and turn. It almost felt like being six years old again.

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  • Momo
  • 05-03-18

Inventive and Thought Provoking

Brilliant book well read and performed. Why can’t we all have toys from the Emporium?

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  • Liz Scully
  • 04-04-18

Twee

Not a patch on the books or models itself on. No match for the night circus or chocolat

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  • wendy Lawrence
  • 04-01-18

Absolutely fantastic!

I haven’t enjoyed a book as much as this for years. I know I’ll read it over and over again. THANKYOU so much for such wonderful imagination.

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  • Lizzy h
  • 03-30-18

An amazing narrative of childhood imagination.

The story of a family that bring magic and fun to children through generations. The arrival of a girl requiring sanctuary and help merge together in this tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-18

Not dull, but...

Strived to be magical, but never managed to sweep me off my feet. Interestingly read, wanted to finish, I'm not sure exactly why.

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  • Annicat
  • 03-02-18

A feast for the imaginative mind!

This book is quirky. I am so glad I had the audio version, as I could close my eyes and imagine the wonderful world of colour and movement, the sounds of the carousel and the soldiers, the amazing and responsive creatures. As a child I often wondered if toys could think and feel, and this book is my 8year old imaginings but with an adult twist. It's a book once read will never be forgotten and definitely a gift for someone with an overactive imagination! I loved it and will definitely recommend it to others.