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Night of the Animals - A Novel-logo

Night of the Animals - A Novel

Bill Broun

In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah's Ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London. Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert's grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world-a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother's death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request. Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world's animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult's members flood the city's streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos-and sealed these innocent animals' fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.

In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah's Ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London. Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert's grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world-a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother's death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request. Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world's animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult's members flood the city's streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos-and sealed these innocent animals' fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah's Ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London. Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert's grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world-a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother's death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request. Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world's animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult's members flood the city's streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos-and sealed these innocent animals' fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ralph Lister

Length:

17h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

21:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

18:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

12:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

13:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

19:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

22:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

18:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

41:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

23:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

20:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

21:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

18:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

17:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

12:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

15:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

23:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:33