When Toy Cityís high-profile celebrities keep turning up dead and the only clues at the crime scenes are hollow chocolate bunnies, it is good cause to think that the end of the world is near. You know, the dreaded four bunnies of the apocalypse? Bunnies? Horses? Whatís the differenceópeople are being murdered, and all signs point to an epic confrontation of deities that will undoubtedly turn the world (the dimension, even) topsy-turvy.
What more can you expect from the deep recesses of Robert Rankinís brains? This quirky, funny, and delightful comedy of errors cum detective story includes a fantastic cast made up mostly of animated toys, nursery rhyme characters, and Jack, a young lad who ran away to the city to escape from his hometown and a grueling machine shop. Within the first twenty-four hours, Jack manages to acquire a small fortune and a horse named Anthrax, but he also successfully has all of it stolen from him in that same period of time. But Jack is not too down on his luck; he has met Eddie, a teddy bear detective, and a fairly popular one at that - or rather his own is a famous detective in books, because he takes all his advice from Eddie.
But before Jack can find some way to hit it rich, Eddie employs him as a sidekick to help solve the recent murders. Their first case: to figure out turned Humpty Dumpty into scrambled eggs. As the two make their way through the city tracking new clues and dealing with additional murders, a pattern reveals itself that leads the two to believe that all of Toy City could be in grave peril. All that stands in the way is a young lad and a teddy bear.
Robert Rankin reads this audiobook with surprising ease, giving decent characterization to his main characters and maintaining a moderate pace throughout. His emphasis for text as well as speech certainly works well within the audiobook. Upbeat musical tunes carry listeners from one scene or chapter to the next. The sound production and narrator provide an impressive production.
While funny and filled with nostalgic remnants of childhood, donít let the chocolate bunnies or cute toys fool you. Rankin writes mostly for adults, so it is not recommended (no matter how much a child pleads because the hollow chocolate bunnies on the cover are so appealing) that this audiobook make it into the hands of any child. That is not to say the audiobook is extremely horrific in anyway, just probably not suitable for the younger readers. But it is more than suitable for adults; it is highly recommended!