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Holes Audiobook

Holes

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable.
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Publisher's Summary

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable. The story of the hidden treasure, along with the warden, Stanley's friend Zero, and the curse on the Yelnats family are all part of a compelling puzzle that has taken generations to unravel.

Holes is the 1999 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished American children's book.

©1998 Louis Sachar; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1999

"A brilliant achievement. There is no question, kids will love Holes." (School Library Journal)
"Sachar inserts humor that gives the suspense steep edges; the tone is as full of surprises as the plot." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Beyer's buoyant, boyish manner ensures that Sachar's witty novel, winner of both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, makes a smooth transition to audio." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Linda @Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 03-12-16
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    "A fairy tale for all ages"

    This is a fairy tale complete with a family curse, buried treasure and evil villains. And like all good fairy tales it has something true to say about courage, friendship, and love.

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    Megon J. Walker 02-24-16
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    "It is a young adult novel."

    This tale won't build vocab, but it addresses moral and racial and generational tensions. I enjoyed it while hiking.

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    this book was super good, I've never really been a reader, but books like this are actually interesting

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    I could do without the narrator. His characters all blended together now we're particularly convincing

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    This book is amazing its so visual and its very except able its so good and wonderfull read this bookπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    "Best Book Ever"

    #bestbookever
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    Richard M. Hurlbut 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved this book.I love the twist at the end of the story,where the great-great-grandson of Elya Yelnats carried the great-great-grandson of madam Zeroni. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with expression.

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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Holes the most enjoyable?

    At the beginning may not sound so interesting but give it a chance. I was glue to the headphones. It made my workout a lot more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected ending


    What does Kerry Beyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the book comes alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not at the first glance, but after chapter #4 I was hooked


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    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 06-20-12
    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 06-20-12
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    "Great Narration of a Great Story"

    There are so many important issues raised in this story, and yet the author avoids preachiness or moralizing. It's no wonder this book has won awards.

    The narrator perfectly captures the slacker voice, bringing Stanley and the other boys to life. This is marvelous.

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