Review of The Phantom Tollbooth audiobook

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster; read by Rainn Wilson
Intermediate    Listening Library
4 CDs    4.68 hrs.    978-1-9848-8703-0    $20.00

Juster’s classic tale about a bored boy named Milo who finds adventure and fodder for the mind in the Lands Beyond gets new attention in this audio production read by actor Wilson (The Office). With a large cast of colorful characters, plenty of conversation, and sophisticated puns and wordplay, this book requires precise and purposeful pronunciation and energetic differentiation of voices, and Wilson succeeds. He conveys the sense of a crowd of people when needed, pauses just long enough for puns to click, and expresses, in turn, all the boredom, confusion, excitement, and bewilderment of our hero-in-the-making.

From the July/August 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Autumn Allen
Autumn Allen

Autumn Allen is an educator, writer, critic and independent scholar of children's and young adult literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children's literature and writing for children from Simmons University, and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She is the 2020-2021 Writer in Residence at the Boston Public Library.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.
Sorry !!! Your comment is not submited properly Or you left some fields empty. Please check with your admin


RELATED 

Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to reviews of books, ebooks, and more

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?