The Fire-Eaters

  • by David Almond
  • Narrated by Daniel Gerroll
  • 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bobby Burns knows he's a lucky lad. Growing up in sleepy Keely Bay, Bobby is exposed to all manner of wondrous things: stars reflecting off the icy sea, a friend that can heal injured fawns with her dreams, a man who can eat fire. But darkness seems to be approaching Bobby's life from all sides. Bobby's new school is a cold, cruel place. His father is suffering from a mysterious illness that threatens to tear his family apart. And the USA and USSR are testing nuclear missiles and creeping closer and closer to a world-engulfing war. Together with his wonder-working friend, Ailsa Spink, and the fire-eating illusionist McNulty, Bobby will learn to believe in miracles that will save the people and place he loves.


What the Critics Say

"For anyone who loves words, Almond's books are a pleasure....So imaginative and layered." (Booklist)
"Besides providing a moving portrait of a boy's growing pains, the author expresses the camaraderie within a working-class community and the love within Bobby's family. Sensitive readers will marvel at Almond's ability to show, not tell, with his highly introspective, at times enigmatic, writing style." (Publishers Weekly)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library