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Skulduggery Pleasant | [Derek Landy]

Skulduggery Pleasant

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: ace detective, snappy dresser, razor-tongued wit, crackerjack sorcerer, and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton, as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgely, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone stand in the way of an all-consuming ancient evil.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant:

Ace detective
Snappy dresser
Razor-tongued wit
Crackerjack sorcerer
and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton...

...as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgely, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old.

These two alone stand in the way of an all-consuming, ancient evil. The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

©2007 Derek Landy; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Rupert Degas is flawless in his interpretation of the story. Even minor characters come deliciously to life....A must-have purchase." (School Library Journal)
"This production is exactly the reason young adult fantasy fare can work so well as audio entertainment. Narrator Rupert Degas...does a bang-up job...Degas' timing and complete grasp of the main character's personality couldn't be better." (AudioFile)
"Degas gives voice to a host of magical creatures with cackling giggles, guttural growls, and Irish brogues, among other distinctive voicings. His portrayal of Skulduggery, who speaks with a rolling resonance, embodies the classic Holmesian detective." (Booklist)

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    K. Logsdon Haymarket, VA United States 02-09-15
    K. Logsdon Haymarket, VA United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Love!"

    It's just a fun story for everyone, young and old will find something entertaining about the story and the performance.

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    Brian 01-02-15
    Brian 01-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    I love the book it is soooooo good.


    All the book are good I love it.

    Get it now!!
    You will love it

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    Michelle Patterson Seattle, WA USA 06-03-14
    Michelle Patterson Seattle, WA USA 06-03-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Awesome series for kids and parents"
    Would you listen to Skulduggery Pleasant again? Why?

    I would - and I have listened to this again. It is really entertaining on several levels - the story line is humorous, the plot is compelling, the narration is perfect. The whole family enjoy can it on a long car ride and my son (13) listens to it as a bed time story over and over. The narrator of later books in the series changes and isn't as good as Rupert Degas, but still not bad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skulduggery Pleasant?

    The humor and witty banter between the characters - along with the charming Irish phraseology.


    Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I've listened to other Rupert Degas performances and this is my favorite. He brings Skulduggery to life and does an amazing Irish accent. I listened to his reading of Thoreau's Walden & Civil Disobedience. It was nice, but I just love his Skulduggery!

    I am looking for other Degas performances to see what's available. I sometimes pick my next audiobook base on the narrator more than the author because the narrator can make or break the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't recall a particular moment off hand.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this for my son, but was captivated by the story, characters and narration myself! It is also one of my son's favorites. Our 10 year old daughter also enjoys it (the other main character besides Skullduggery is a girl!).

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    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13
    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A fun story made better by an amazing narrator"
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    The story is perfect for young readers, boys & girls alike. The plot & created world are unique, as are the main characters. The reader is really good. I cannot think of a better performance on any other Audible book I've heard, period.

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    Sallie 02-21-13
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    "SOOOO FUNNY!"

    I LOVE the performance! The book is great on it's own, but the monotone voice of Skulduggery is hysterical. I am sure that I will listen to this fun story again in the future.

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    Scarpenter Woodland, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Scarpenter Woodland, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Prize-winning Poet, Composer and Lyricist.

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    "Ghastly Fun with a Skeleton Detective"

    First, the narrator is so perfectly chosen for this book as to be nearly eerie; as though the author first met the narrator then wrote a book around the narrator's voice.

    Action packed, magically involved, and all in a "now" time, there is much tension as well in this young adult story of magic, humor and action-packed "fight the bad guys" good moments.

    Young Stephanie leads a regular life, with regular (and good) parents and she's truly bored. Then, Stephanie loses a beloved uncle and at his funeral meets someone who will forever change not only her life but her own understanding of who and what she really is: one Skulduggery Pleasant, a person who is so wrapped in clothing one cannot see his features. But that voice...that voice....

    Skulduggery is a detective, yes, even as a sort of undead person, and he continues in his vocation as Stephanie insists he must help her find out who murdered her uncle. She feels she owes her favorite uncle that much.

    This has violence in it, but somehow the author wraps it up around the edges with true gallows humor.

    I found myself laughing in despite. On the second listen, I was far more able to focus on the story and laugh easily at the odd humor. By the third listen, I was pretty crazy for it. This is a tension filled story that is both light with humor and dark with magical doings of both good and "evil" characters. The characters aren't deeply drawn except for the main character and her protagonist, but they don't need to be. The action carries the story forward well.

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    "Creativity in it's finest"

    The witty humor and melding of fantasy and horror in a kids novel is great! Keep it up Derek!

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    L'abeille Massachusetts, USA 04-17-10
    L'abeille Massachusetts, USA 04-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "This audiobook is great for middle school children"

    I used this audiobook to help my struggling readers (grade 6) read one of their summer reading books. They enjoyed listening to it, and so did I! The reader, Rupert Degas, did a wonderful job. I highly recommend it for struggling readers grades 5-6 or more advanced readers grades 3-4.

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