Comet in Moominland

  • by Tove Jansson
  • Narrated by Hugh Dennis
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you haven't met a Moomin yet, you're in for the most magical fun! The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Tove Jansson's endearing classic, Comet in Moominland, read with warmth (and some lively character voices) by the comedian Hugh Dennis.A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So, with Sniff, he sets out on an expedition to ask the Professor if a comet is really on its way to destroy the Earth. On their journey they meet some interesting people - such as Snufkin the super tramp, and the Hemulen who rescues them from an underground tunnel - and have narrow escapes from such menaces as crocodiles and giant lizards. And on their way back Moomintroll meets the beautiful Snork Maiden and is a changed Moomin for ever after. But what about the comet - and is the World Wiped Out?

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What the Critics Say

"They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them...a perfect marriage of word and picture." (Philip Pullman)
"I have long been a passionate Moomin appreciator - it's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design." (Lauren Child)
“A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece.” (Neil Gaiman)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

so glad to have revisited the moomins

always loved these stories and loved listening to them again. I will be getting the rest f them soon.
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- lonniebjam

Shame about the regional accents!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. If you read the Moomin book with a child's eye then you'll enjoy them.


Would you recommend Comet in Moominland to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes i would. I'd recommend the book but not this reading by Hugh Dennis.


Would you be willing to try another one of Hugh Dennis’s performances?

No. At least not a Moomin book! His pace and style of reading are fine but his choice of UK regional accents for the main characters was, in my view, bizarre. His use of Welsh, Scottish, and even Cornish accents seemed completely wrong as I've always imagined the characters to have neutral voices to match the uncomplicated world they live in. For a child listening to these stories for the first time these voices it might seem okay.


If this book were a film would you go see it?

No. Any film would probably spoil the world already created in the readers imagination.


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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd