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Spoonbenders

Written by: Daryl Gregory
Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Matthias Telemachus, Teddy Telemachus, Maureen Telemachus, Irene Telemachus, Frankie Telemachus and Buddy Telemachus! They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind-reading act. That is until the magic decided to disappear one night, live on national television.

We encounter this long-forgotten family two decades on, when grandson Matty, born long after the public fall from grace, discovers powers in himself and realises his hugely deflated, heavily indebted family truly are amazing.

Spoonbenders is the legacy and legend of a dysfunctional, normal, entirely unique family across three generations of big personalities and socially inept recluses - each cursed with the potential of being something special.

©2017 Daryl Gregory (P)2017 Quercus Editions Ltd

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  • Robyn
  • 16-08-18

A little bit different

This is another quirky listen. A family with a difference, while managing to be just a little bit dysfunctional. Amusing and light-hearted in its tone, it was cleverly constructed with a decent twist in the tail. Worth a credit if you are looking for a comfortable holiday listen with a difference.

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  • Andrew Balerdi
  • 25-10-17

Best book ever

This is the best book I have listened to in years. A spankingly wonderful triupmh!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-18

Great story, bad narrator

I enjoyed the storyline and the characters were interesting and fairly unique. I also liked how the stories were gearing towards the finale. The narrator was bad and some of the characters' voices were inappropriate or Matty sounded like he had special needs. I would have enjoyed it much more with a better narrator

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-19

Original / Fun / Clever

Absolutely cracking story. Best book I've had the pleasure of listening to in ages. Bravo

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  • Richard Millar
  • 09-02-19

Very enjoyable story and a satisfying ending

My only slight gripe is that a couple of the male voices were too similar and too dumb sounding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-18

Maybe the story is actually good, I'll never know

Like others I disliked the performance of the narrator, his way of speaking and the "voices" he gave the characters (particularly the young one) were nothing I could listen to. I already stopped after the first chapter, never finished the book - maybe I will read it instead, not sure yet.

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  • Mr. J. Fanning
  • 14-08-18

Witty and surprisingly engaging

A humorous and engaging story. Quite by surprise I ended up caring about the characters and what happened to them.

The performance is great, well read, good range of character voices, well paced.

If you want a humorous that will have you both laughing and caring, I would recommend this.

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  • s Brown
  • 01-08-18

Genuinely different.

An innovative storyline, brought to life by characters with real depth. Despite feeling a little drawn out at times, it was engaging and hugely enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-18

funny and engaging

I really enjoyed this unexpected tale.. twists and turns to the end. Well narrated. Good book.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 16-06-18

Family story with a difference.

Family story with a difference. Saga of three generations of an unusual clan, slow-moving but fascinating.

4.5 stars.

This is a little, in my mind, like The Royal Tenenbaums - a 'gifted' clan, who for one reason or another have problems in their lives, it feels meandering - there isn't much in the way of 'action' but with several characters to follow, it doesn't flag or feel overlong.

The Telemachus family have special skills - psychic abilities, seeing the future, moving telekinesis. They were even famous and featured on television... before the family is shattered. In the present, the family are floundering, the next generation still reeling from their history and 'gifts'.

A story where a family's powers are real? While it feels like it should be a fantasy, I soon simply accepted this anomaly and sat back to accept the various Telemachus special gifts and watch their journeys over the years.

It reminded me of some of Jonathan Franzen's fiction, the scope and family-wide scope. The novel worked on audiobook, with an engaging narrator covering both male and female voices with ease.

It feels quite long, but I did enjoy the length and seeing what would happen to each character, every storyline was engaging and it was an original and fresh idea, well presented and darkly humorous.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • emmoff
  • 07-09-17

A real treat

As in his previous book Afterparty, Daryl Gregory's intricate plot really need two listens just to pick up the lost nuances along the way. The different trajectories of each Telemachus family member including the time-travelling Buddy is a magic trick in itself. Quite the sleight of hand. It's hard to pick a favourite character. Hilarious and warm hearted. What a treat.
Great narration.

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  • Marieke
  • 17-04-18

Fabulous story narrated by awesome artist.

The story is imaginative with suspense and plenty of laughs. The voices and intonation of the narrator are a pleasure to listen to.