In the Lives of Puppets

Written by:
Tj Klune
Narrated by:
Daniel Henning

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2023
15 hours 22 minutes
'Narrator Daniel Henning demonstrates perfect comedic timing and impressive vocal versatility in this queer/sci-fi retelling of 'Pinocchio.' This laugh-out-loud, emotional audiobook asks listeners to question what it means to be human.' - AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

'Narrator Daniel Henning does a phenomenal job capturing Gio’s fatherliness and Vic’s early naivete, and he positively shines as the heartless, bloodthirsty Nurse Ratched and the anxiety-ridden robot vacuum Rambo.'- Library Journal

New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune invites you deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts.

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“An enchanting tale of Pinocchio in the end times.” —P. Djèlí Clark

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots—fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio–a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, and like Swiss Family Robinson meets Wall-E, In the Lives of Puppets is a masterful stand-alone fantasy adventure from the beloved author who brought you The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door.

★ “An epic quest of rescue and discovery [with] the author’s trademark charm, heart, and bittersweetness.” —Library Journal, starred review

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books.
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Katie W.

I loved this book so much. I love this narrator as well. He is always perfect for Klune’s books. I couldn’t imagine anyone else.

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This was a well written and creative take on story. I just didn’t love it. Definitely person taste. I apparently do not like robot characters, I could not connect to them despite all the human struggles they were given.

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Just started listening to these audio books this is my second one, listen to fairytale by Steven king also but this book is incredible and adorable I absolutely love it and it’s really great at keeping me interested

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Kayla P.

TJ Klune never disappoints. There's is always at least one odd character, one gay character and a funky house . . . And I love it EVERY TIME. I loved this book. the concept was wild and that made it unique. Worth every minute spent reading this. 5 stars

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Jim G.

This was a surprise. Very engaging, funny and quite tender in places. I love the characters, the narrator is fantastic.

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