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The Book of Lost Things | [John Connolly]

The Book of Lost Things

Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother.... As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves, and monsters, and begins his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother.... As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves, and monsters, and begins his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.

©2006 John Connolly (P)2007 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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  • Simon
    Ilkley, United Kingdom
    5/30/12
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    "A beautifully read and transfixing tale"

    This wonderful book takes a series of fairy tales, turns them on their heads and builds them into a marvellous story following the journey of one boy to manhood. It is a story tellers dream and Nick Rawlinson is the ultimate one to tell it. His narration is outstanding, and one of the best I have heard. The emotion and life that he brings to the book is superb.

    The twist in the fairy tales that David (the boy) encounters is at times hilarious, and at other times frightening and gory. The story weaves beautifully from one to another and whilst the culmination is inevitable, there is no loss in the telling of it.

    Wonderfully written. Superbly read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    2/12/14
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    Story
    "I wish I had written this........."
    Would you listen to The Book of Lost Things again? Why?

    I have not finished listening yet because for a change I dont want the experience to end.
    The story is gripping and grim, the narration is enthralling as is the story in every sense. Its brutal and kind like all good fairy stories should be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 7 dwarves


    Which character – as performed by Nick Rawlinson – was your favourite?

    snow white


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me shiver


    Any additional comments?

    soon I will have to sit and listen to the end but am putting it off till its dark and cold once again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graham G.
    London, UK
    11/12/14
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    "Sleepy"
    What would have made The Book of Lost Things better?

    A different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The long, laborious, unnecessary pauses for "dramatic" effect put me right off and made me impatient with the narrator. I found myself falling asleep.


    What character would you cut from The Book of Lost Things?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    2/26/12
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    "Who chooses the readers?"

    The book is really very good - worth at least 4 stars. The problem is the reader, he was awful.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    5/15/13
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    "Not sure who it is aimed at"

    I really couldn't get into this book very much and I couldn't help getting the feeling that the author was kind of making it up as he went along.
    Some things were very much fantasy novel type cliche's and were not properly worked or thought through. The author seems to have borrowed from numerous other books and added side stories that did nothing to progress the story and merely served to add to the books page count.
    What I also struggled with was the wide spread of possible reading ages for this book - from the Disney like fairy tale stuff to some decidedly dodgy subject matter. When I first got it I had thought that it might be something I could let my children listen to but not so at the end.
    The narrator is pretty good and does a good job with the characterizations and can raise the tension at the right time. However at other times I did wonder if he was going to fall asleep!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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