The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus

Narrated by: Bruce Donnelly
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
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Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide, and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strongman they call Hero (which is short for Hieronymus), and a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo, who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant ibis bird, the troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.

From the first story, in which Indigo Murphy, the best bird handler in the world, leaves the show to join in matrimony with the Duke Lorenzo de Medici, to the fabled court of Kubla Khan, the magic never stops. You will meet a young apple thief named Angelo with magic eyes, an orangutan named Bathsheba, and a host of other amazing characters with names and personas cut like a patchwork quilt from the mythologies and dreams of the world.

Though written 40 years ago, these stories are full of the same magical side steps that have always been woven into Clive Barker's fiction. These are worlds not quit our own, and yet so real they ring with truth and leave you wishing you could step from your mundane life into that other place - into those caves of ice - if only long enough to catch Maximillian's show.

©2009 Clive Barker (P)2011 Clive Barker

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Weird Circus and Great Story

I love Clive Barker. He ranks as one of my favorites. I found this gem here on Audible.Com, and I had never heard of it. It was a like a surprise treat! The story was great, and I loved the setting of the travelling circus. It's not Barker's best work, but it sticks to his asthetic and leaves you wanting more by the end. I would love to see a sequel from Barker that tells more of Mr. Bacchus' adventures.

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a sweet story, fitting for all audiences. is there anything better than a Clive Barker story early in the morning?

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Whimsical children’s fantasy, that has some appeal for adults

Clive Barker is an author best known for writing violent horror fiction, but this is a series of light, heartwarming and whimsical fantasy stories aimed at children (though it contains sufficient wit and intelligence to entertain adult readers too).

These four stories of a magical travelling circus are rather slight in terms of plot, but make up for it with vividly colourful characterisation and some memorably snappy dialogue.

Bruce Donnelly’s amiable narration, and the distinctive voices he gives to each member of this quirky ensemble, only add to the charm of this delightful escapist fantasy.

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A great series of connected short stories!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus to be better than the print version?

The narrator has a perfect voice. The stories are well told. I think this is an exceptional Audiobook! What a fun listen.

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  • 03-12-20

Just extremely mediocre throughout.

This is a real hard one for me as a lifelong fan of Clive Barker but I came into this hoping for another Imajica or Weaveworld, albeit condensed but instead I felt like I as listening to Neil Gaiman's retelling of Roger Rabbit.
The stories I feel are very much a product of their time and maybe I'm being unduly critical but I just felt the stories to be more of a Aesop's Fables than a work of the titanic mind that created Weaveworld or the dark one that gave us Cabal.
Coupled this with a narrator who is perfectly good but unsuited to the book I was more than happy to reach the end and I certainly won't be revisiting this one.

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  • Steve Dillon (Things In The Well)
  • 12-27-19

absurdist comedy but not funny and poorly narrated

The most amateur production with no accents, intonation, or voices, any of which could have enrolled chest the thing tremendously!