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The Book of Lost Things Audiobook

The Book of Lost Things

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Anne Boccato 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Alienates both audiences"

    I didn't hate this book but I didn't understand who exactly it was written for...
    It's very grim, dark and gruesome to be a children's book, but it is still a children's story at heart, which makes it not the most stimulating reading for adults. It's too child like for grown-ups, while it is way too violent and twisted for kids. There were some good moments, but overall not a story I will carry with me.
    The narrator was excellent however!

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    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 09-11-16
    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 09-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterpiece"

    Not very often does a book come along that warrants me to write a review. This isn't to say that the stories are bad but never has a book moved or impressed upon me such a feeling of fullness like this one. Written when sequels were becoming the rage, this book stands out as a lily among dandelions. It does not need a sequel to convey the message that we should all be grateful and cherish our loved ones. A true masterpiece, one that I know I will definitely share with my children and hopefully they will share to their children to come.

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    cienna 08-11-16
    cienna 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely not a children's book"

    This was a very heavy book that has a very strong theme of death and twisted horror throughout, it does have a few redeeming moments although few and far between. It strongly plays on the main characters loss of innocence, in that he discovers sexuality in a dark and twisted way which made me feel ill. This book left me feeling depressed and yet drew the conclusion that life is fragile and we should not take for granted the time that we have left.

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    Elizabeth 08-09-16
    Elizabeth 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fairytales help deal with grief"

    I liked this book, I've always loved fairy tales... definitely some twists in this book

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    Karlee Moxley 07-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "...I held my breath until the last words."
    Where does The Book of Lost Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a new listener and have only completed three books on Audible and I have been lucky enough to thoroughly and utterly enjoy every single one. The Book of Lost things was different- it opens your mind to another world that revolves around imagination and a child's love of stories. It sucks you in and leaves you holding your breath until the very last word is uttered.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that this book was completely original, yet had familiar fairy tales threaded throughout the entire story. Each tale had an unexpected twist on a micro level, while the story itself had twists and turns on a bigger scale. You were left thinking you knew what would happen next, and then being thrown on the ground when the rug was pulled out from under you from the next surprise.


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

    He brought depth and tone changes that left you painting the images in your mind with each inflection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    “And, in the darkness, David closed his eyes as all that was lost was found again.”


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    David Littleton, Colorado United States 06-30-16
    David Littleton, Colorado United States 06-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic!!"

    Wonderful story with excellent narration. Would make a great Terry Gilliam film. Think Time Bandits

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    Amazon Customer 06-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "terrific!"

    I enjoyed every moment of this book. John Connolly is becoming one of my favorite authors . I also enjoyed the narration by Steven crossely. he really made you feel like you were in the story alongside the characters.

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    Goreface666 06-15-16
    Goreface666 06-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful journey that grips you early on!"

    amazing experience, already working on the rest of his novels. I connected immediately with the character and the story. couldn't stop listening except when I HAD to sleep.

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    Alexa Patrick 06-01-16 Member Since 2015

    I love fantasy, scifi, mythological & philosophical. I want to find myself somewhere else when I read, preferably somewhere impossible.

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    "A unique tale that kindof rides others' coat-tails"
    What did you love best about The Book of Lost Things?

    The unique way of twisting and telling the stories we all know and love


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

    The description of the shadow man's lair was pretty interesting


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, however expect nothing or you may be disappointing. I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic.

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    Amazon Customer 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story, well read"

    I very much enjoyed this and will look for more by the author, and more read by this narrator

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