More than 2 million copies sold by Picador, more than 8 million around the world - now a film by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures)
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . .The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places.
"A stunning achievement." (The New Yorker)
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." (Los Angeles Times)
©2002 Alice Sebold; (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC
"Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing." (The Times)
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Resisted this book for a long time, didn't want to read about a child being murdered. That said, I was surprisingly relieved that the story really does not focus on the actual event as much as it does about a family's struggle to survive and heal in the aftermath and the girl, though deceased, is very much present in a spiritual way.
the story was enjoyable for the first three quarters of the book, but the last third just went on and on and on. 15 minutes describing the wet washing on the line or the organization of a vegetable patch. could have been 2 hours shorter.
Good start but then trailed off. Such a shame. The reader was good but she could not save the story from its disappointing conclusion.
The narrator was absolutely brilliant, I will be looking for other books that she narrates, her intonations, the ability to clearly define the character voices made this an effortless, highly enjoyable listen. The fastest I have listened to a book yet!!
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven and tells us about her short life story on earth. How life was for her before being abruptly murdered. She looks down to us from this peaceful place called “Heaven” and carries readers through a journey that will end her life on earth. Susie Salmon was raped and murdered by her neighborhood, Mr. Harvey who is a sexual predator /killer serial.
The event is viewed and told from a dead girl’s perspective, which makes this book unique and unusual.
The crime description is not unbearable. Susie bears a smart outlook on what has happened to her on earth. Readers are carried through the event at the same as Susie as she does the following days, months and years. Besides, Susie tells the story with a great sense of humor so we are not crying as we are experiencing how though is for her family to deal with her death.
This story is not just about the grief of those left behind, but also about Susie’s coming to terms with her loss of life. Navigating through this book has been a roller-coaster ride. I truly recommend it for those of you who are looking for a funny, gloomy and great book to read.
The Lovely Bones is a nice, painful story. The last few chapters just dragged on. I don't think heaven was done justice in the description. I found it a bit too much having heaven depicted as a boring place and the souls of the dead feel bored there! Besides, what was the reason for the final chapters if it didn't lead to anything related to the murder?
I loved this book! Convincingly and sensitively read, the story haunted me for three days. I had to ration my listening - the temptation to complete the story in one session was very strong indeed. Never having \"read\" the book previously, I found the storyline startlingly emotive: charged with a childlike intensity yet delivered with a calm detachment which I found at once inspiring and unnerving. This is a story which requires very little suspension of one's disbelief. Though I found some of the final sections a little \"romantic\", I cannot, in all honesty, rate this super book at fewer than 5 stars.
"An unusual and moving book"
I first heard of this book when the recent film-version was discussed on the BBC's Front Row arts programme. The view was that the book was better and having now listened to the audio version I can see why: it's a book full of thoughts and feelings that would be difficult to depict visually. I find it hard to believe that a film could do justice to the complexity of the narrative and get over all the nuances of the writing. It's a well-written book that suits being narrated and the narrator of this version is excellent. My first impression, that this is a book aimed at teenage girls, was wrong: it has something to say to all ages as it encompasses first love, long-lasting love, marriage, loss of a loved one, the desire for revenge and the complex dynamic of family life when tragedy strikes. As it deals with rape and murder the story is harrowing at times but it is also a deeply moving and thought-provoking book that will remain in my mind for sometime.
"Unique, poignant and imaginative"
I enjoyed this book greatly, with one minor exception. The writing is emotive and poetically descriptive and the story is a touching portrayal of how a family may suffer the consequences of the loss of a loved one to a particularly brutal murder, narrated through the eyes of the victim.
The only place I felt it let itself down a bit was during an incident towards the closing chapters, involving a seconday character, Ruth. Without wanting to give anything away, I felt the introduction of the Incident allowerd for so much more with respect to closure and hapiness for the long-suffering family. Instead the author slumps to a bit of a selfish cliche with only a failed after-thought to helping the family.
The book closes nicely and I understand why it has been so well received and adapted for Hollywood. My gripe is a minor one in the context of an excellent, well-narrated book.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time...and i've listened to hundreds. A haunting yet beautiful story superbly narrated...
I'm a couple of hours left to go and savouring every second.
If you're reading this don't even hesitate to download.
Interesting reading, a bit distressing at times and with some beautiful moments. Not my favourite audibook but worth reading.
"The Lovely Bones"
A beautiful story, well told and narrated. I enjoyed the film, but the book is even better.
"Interesting idea but poor execution"
Maybe someone with a bit more patience - this just meandered with the few attempts at dramatic tension (e.g. The sister breaking into the murderer's house) completely squandered by Sebold.
Tighter writing, more pace. She could also look at how the structure of the novel - it doesn't help you identify with the characters at all that the main character is murdered within a few pages of the novel starting. I found it very difficult to care about or be interested in the characters, I think because of that.
No. Her voice probably was right for the character, but I found her accent and intonation grating.
I would get her to work on structure and pace. There are many extraneous scenes and characters (why do we need the frequent references and scenes which establish how beautiful Mrs Singh is?) but the fundamental problem is that dramatic scenes seem to end abruptly (e.g Susie's final revenge on her murderer) and lose any potential impact they could have had.
Doesn't deserve the hype, I'm afraid. Interesting concept but poorly executed.
"Really profound effect on me "
Enjoyed the book, did end a little quick for me and ending seemed rushed, but well worth a listen! ☺️ excellent
This is my first Alice Sebold book and it will not be the last. The Lovely Bones is a most moving and memorable book which will stay with me for a long time.
"Very Great Read. You will enjoy it very much."
I enjoyed reading the book as well as listening to the audio edition at the same time.
When Suzie enters Ruth's body.
She made the story come alive.
I don't do emotional reactions.
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