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
"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)
A perfect blend of mystery/intrigue, action/adventure and clever humor with a story line that you just don't want to end! I recommend this book be added to all personal libraries!
This book was the start of my love for the skulduggery pleasant series. I bought all the books and read them all at least twice. So I bought it off here just to here someone else read it and I just have to say that it was just amazing. The only downer was the music between chapters.
Skulduggery Pleasant has been a favorite of mine since middle school and I love Rupert Degas's voices for every one of the characters!
Of course Skulduggery is my favorite! He's just so sarcastic and cool.
I really like how sinister Rupert Degas made Serpine sound. Nothing like how he sounded in my head when I was reading, but this version is so much better!
I've listened to this book several times in one sitting- great for when I'm working!
I love this series so much, the thing that bugs me is Rupert Degas does voices that I do not agree with. He makes Ghastly sound like an old man when he is about 30 years old!
I recommend this book to most readers, adults and children alike.
A poorly written book with an amazing concept that sincerely fails the urban fantasy genre. To make matters worse, there are irritating musical interludes between each chapter that jar you out of the story.
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.
The humor and witty banter between the characters - along with the charming Irish phraseology.
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.
I can't recall a particular moment off hand.
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!).
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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