The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise - A Novel-logo

The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise - A Novel

Julia Stuart

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Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie. Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That's right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It's no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London. Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower's maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower's Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she's pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erot­ica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens. When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise "runs" away. Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delight­ful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Cowley

Length:

8h


Chapters

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03:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:30