The Phantom Tollbooth

· Penguin Random House Audio · Narrated by Norton Juster and Rainn Wilson
18 reviews
4 hr 41 min
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About this audiobook

Hailed as "a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention" (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.

For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .

"I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was ten. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'" --The New York Times

"The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland." --The Guardian

"The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"You loved the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you'll marvel at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time." --Entertainment Weekly

Ratings and reviews

18 reviews
red-eye datlas
September 21, 2023
one of the best books to hear, a perfectly wonderful bunch of common sense and nonsense. I listened to it when I was younger and even now it is such a great read/listen.
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junkers Q Syichegw
August 16, 2020
The thought was edition of excellence like the novel informant. From lequita smalls Norton dr.hephzibah
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JavierT Orona
March 23, 2021
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About the author

Norton Juster is an architect and planner and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. The Phantom Tollbooth has been a beloved classic since it was published over fifty years ago, and on that anniversary was celebrated with the publication of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, which explores the history and creative journey behind the book. An amateur cook and professional eater, Norton Juster lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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