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The Book of Lost Things Audiobook

The Book of Lost Things

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."
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High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

With echoes of Gregory Maguire's and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, author John Connolly introduces us to a cast of not-quite-familiar characters - like the seven socialist dwarfs who poison an uninvited (and unpleasant) princess and try to peg the crime on her stepmother. Or the Loups, the evil human-canine hybrids spawned long ago by the union of a wolf and a seductive girl in a red cloak.

As war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination, yet frighteningly real - a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book...The Book of Lost Things.

©2006 John Connolly; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

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    Tammy 03-03-09
    Tammy 03-03-09
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    "Kept me listening."

    I really enjoyed this book. It started a little bit slow, but once the little boy disappeared into the other world, I couldn't stop listening. You couldn't help rooting for him, and understanding how he thought. The people he met were as interesting as he was.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 11-22-15
    Jessica 11-22-15
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    "Would not read again"

    I loved the narrator more than the story. It was interesting; a blend of childhood fairytale and the dark realizations of growing up. The journey seemed to drag on needlessly. And the ending could have been better. If my book club hadn't picked thus, I may not have cared enough to finish it, left to my own devices. The writing style was vivid, which I did like, but the overall plot drew out too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Be careful what you wish for..."

    That's the lesson being put to the boy in this story. Connolly does a fantastic job of putting just enough of the Grimm in this twisted fairy tale. Surreal references and echos of familiar childhood things litter this story and bring you back to memories of an age when you were still afraid of the dark and the most mundane things gave you the creeps.

    I enjoyed this story immensely and the narrator did the whole reading justice, in my opinion. The setting and characters were really brought to life by Crossley and I'll be looking for more books that he's done the reading for.

    I'm in the habit of searching out books that grab my attention, who's narrators I like in the sample reading and that are as long as possible (or are part of a long series). I'm glad I took a break and a chance on The Book of Lost Things. I in no way regret that I purchased it or that there are no other books to follow it. It's an amazing adventure and it reminded me to look a little more closely at that book with the strange cover and the interesting title. The story might be short but that doesn't mean it's not well worth it.

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    A. Grove 09-18-15
    A. Grove 09-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story"

    The story was wonderful, the narrator was perfect. You can't go wrong listening to this.

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    Denise Rushworth 06-26-15
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    "Fun summer read"

    This is a fun, easy summer read. The story is somewhat predictable but there are some twists in well known fairy tales. I would recommend the book to anyone that likes the fantasy genre and is looking for an easy beach read.

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    Bronwyn Elizabeth Boston, MA 06-26-15
    Bronwyn Elizabeth Boston, MA 06-26-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all of Stephen King books- even the less popular ones. Magic, post-apocalyptic, and mystery are all big draws for me.

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    "Perfect book for me."

    This is a book I'd like to buy and own. Great narration and beautifully written.

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    David J. Duggar Parker, FL United States 06-17-15
    David J. Duggar Parker, FL United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Lost and Found"

    This is a wonderful story and an excellent performance. Expect to find yourself captivated by both.

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    lawrence 06-16-15
    lawrence 06-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely incredible"

    Stories want to be told
    Books want to be read
    And you need to listen to this book

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    Donna 05-21-15
    Donna 05-21-15
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    "A Crazy Grimm Fairytale"

    Chapter 10 was as far as I could manage and then I had to give up. I never did like the Grimm Fairytales. I hope poor David made it home.

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    Yakoub Campbell, CA, United States 02-20-15
    Yakoub Campbell, CA, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enchanting metaphorical clever..."

    Narrator was very talented and easy to listen to... A good mix of nightmarish scenes and clever escapes... Uplifting overall

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