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Let Me In Audiobook

Let Me In

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Publisher's Summary

Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day.

While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door - a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night....

©2004 John Ajvide Lindqvist (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city." (Booklist)

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    David 10-31-15
    David 10-31-15 Member Since 2012

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    "A Swedish vampire story worthy of King"

    This Swedish vampire story is very much a literary descendant of Stephen King. It's a human drama with a variety of people in the gritty middle and lower class margins, working out their issues, often with drugs, sex, and violence, but to this the author adds a supernatural ingredient, and which means the violence will eventually be amped up to the climactic bloodbath you know is coming.

    The author begins by describing the neighborhood in which the story is set — a completely nondescript Swedish suburb notable for the fact that it was built only a couple of decades ago in what was once bare forest, which means it has no history and nothing of note to make the place interesting. They don't even have churches,

    Oskar, the lonely child of an overprotective single mother, is the stereotypical chubby, nerdy bully-bait who gets picked on at school and spends his lonely life head down, scuttling from class to home, hoping if he rolls over and shows his belly quickly enough, his tormentors won't hurt him too badly.

    We see this a lot in Stephen King stories, from It to Carrie. The outcast kid who gets hooked up to something dark and scary and unleashes hell on his persecutors is a staple of horror fiction. The reason this trope is so appealing to so many horror fans is probably obvious, but because it is such a well-worn trope, and because Stephen King pretty owns it, it's hard for me to warm up to persecuted little runts like Oskar, who I always find myself wishing would stick up for themselves before the vampire comes along.

    But Lindqvist has King's talent for making characters who are more than just roles in a vampire story. Eli, the little girl vampire who befriends Oskar, is not a supernatural horror, just a confused immortal who doesn't really know much more about her origins than she says. She is very convincing as a creature that is at once very old and weary and jaded, and yet still the twelve-year-old she appears to be inside. The friendship she develops with Oskar, over a Rubik's cube, is one of two kids engaging in silly, juvenile confidences and games, and yet, as Oskar observes perceptively, for Eli much of it is trying on a new role she is unfamiliar with, from behind a mask of many years of experience and exposure to a grim, dark life that Oskar can't even imagine.

    Let the Right One In does not add much to vampire lore, and that's for the better, as Lindqvist isn't trying to reinvent vampires here. Eli is what she is (except later in the book, we do learn that she is both more and less than she appears). And as Oskar's friendship with her develops, so does his confidence, leading to him standing up to the bullies who've been picking on him, leading to a series of increasingly violent confrontations that predictably lead to Eli eventually getting involved, and we know that's not going to be pretty.

    This is a violent book, as befits a vampire tale. It also has lots of visceral grossness, bodily fluids, and pedophilia. It's for genuine horror fans and makes my short list of good vampire stories. I could also observe that it is as much a story about childhood friendship, bullying, the emptiness of modern life, and the existential horror of adolescence, as it is about vampires. But basically it's about a vampire making friends with a bullied kid, and people dying gorily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-23-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-23-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "THE EARTH SHALL DRINK HIS BLOOD"

    UNDERPASS
    This would have made a great ten hour book. Instead it was somewhere around 16. The book is not divided into chapters, but into days. It starts with about four main characters. On each day we switch from character to character. The switching is often abrupt and usually takes you a minute to realize that characters have changed. This takes some real listening. Do not think you can do any other activity while listening or you will be lost. It was weird and it was different and for the first 15 days I thought it was a great book. It is a very slow moving book. The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention. About the 16th day we add another character and less time is spend with the initial characters that you have grown use to. The story gets even slower. After 16 days I started losing interest in the characters. I lost so much interest that after another 8 days in the book I gave up. There was still over seven hours left in the book, and I knew they were just going to be back ground noise. This was a debut novel and it really needed an editor. Great start, bad follow thru.

    LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 11-19-14
    brenty United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak story, strong writing"

    The prose here is often breathtaking, but the plot is relatively dull and meandering. Totally worth reading for the quality of writing, but the story itself feels a bit empty -- developing characters that often seem to go nowhere.

    I'll give it a fourth star just for the inventive wordplay and solid narration, but the storytelling falls flat.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful and Creepy"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Eli. Seldom have I met a character who was as ambiguous as Eli is. Eli is complex in unexpected ways and serves (at least for me) as the heart of the story as it is Eli that truly drives many elements and weaves them together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene had to be where Eli was revealed as Vampire to Oscar.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dark, twisted but ultimately a well written story."
    What made the experience of listening to Let Me In the most enjoyable?

    I really felt like Oskar and Eli were interesting and fascinating characters and both are well drawn.


    What other book might you compare Let Me In to and why?

    I can't think of any book like this one.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He did a decent job. I can't remember anything specific but at the end of the day I stayed in the book and wasn't taken out of it by anything he did or did not do.


    If you could take any character from Let Me In out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of them. I'd be more likely to do therapy with them!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 07-11-12
    Tim United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Mature Writing vs. Puberty Materials"

    After watching the American version of the movie, I really wanted to read the book. It's been on the back burner for a while and I finally broke down and purchased the title. This is not my first introduction of this author. I have read, "Handling the Undead", which was good, but "Let Me In" is what I was waiting for to become a fan of his writing.

    Unlike the typical horror story, Lindqvist writes at if it's almost like a dark drama, love story, but without the tween saga. The thriller will gripe you in, where you can't stop turning the pages, or in my case, couldn't stop listening. I usually don't read the book after watching the movie, but in this case, I just knew that the book would be excellent.

    This is one of my favorite reads in a while simply because the author could had wrote this book to please teen pop culture, with yucky vampire love and your typical fairy tale, but he didn't. Lindqvist used his own twisted imagination, where the puppy love between the vampire girl and the boy, is not the center point of the plot, but it's a background drop of the story.

    After reading this book, one can understand mature writing versus adolescent puberty materials, from the same vampire genre.

    The cat scene is awesome. I just wished that it was written in the movie also.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 06-29-11
    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 06-29-11

    homesauce

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    Overall engaging story and solid performance from Steven Pacey.

    It was not the best book I've heard or read but for what it was, it was very interesting and fun to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 11-04-10
    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "so much better than the sweedish movie..."

    i don't agree that it wasn't fast paced enough... i enjoyed the additional character development... now i'm going to go watch the movie again... but after this, my mind is made up... gonna skip the US version of the movie...

    wish they hadn't used the "let me in" title over "let the right one in"...

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    Cynthia United States 01-28-11
    Cynthia United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Very Creepy and atmospheric...."

    It took me a while to get through this book, but after the half-way mark, I was hooked. It was very scary and I loved this take on the vampire lore. I literally ran to my house and fumbled with the lock after listening to a particularly scary part on my drive home late one night. I will definitely recommend it to friends, and now I can't wait to see both movies. I have heard that the Swedish film is the best. And I do believe that the Swedish backdrop is a very important character in the novel, so I'll be interested to see the American take.

    My only issue is with the disturbing descriptions regarding child prostitution at the beginning of the novel. I think that could have been left out and the story would have been fine. And for those who haven't read it - it's more disturbing that "graphic"...which any conversation about child prostitution and pedophiles should be considered disturbing because it is wrong. Don't let this deter you from reading this otherwise excellent novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D Mercer 08-11-16 Member Since 2015

    I love listening to audio books during my commute, they make the drive much more bearable.

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    "Good overall story, but for the pedophilia aspects"

    Good overall story, but the pedophilia aspects make my stomach turn. I know that stuff happens, just hard to hear. As for the vampire aspects, I really liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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