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.
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.
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.
He brought depth and tone changes that left you painting the images in your mind with each inflection.
“And, in the darkness, David closed his eyes as all that was lost was found again.”
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.
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.
I love fantasy, scifi, mythological & philosophical. I want to find myself somewhere else when I read, preferably somewhere impossible.
The unique way of twisting and telling the stories we all know and love
The description of the shadow man's lair was pretty interesting
Good book, however expect nothing or you may be disappointing. I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic.
I really was impressed with the story. it was genuinely scary at times, but identifiable in today's society even though the story was written about WW2 timetable
Parts of this book were beautiful in imagery and writing. Parts seemed to drag on. I imagine if I had been reading a paper book, I would have skimmed many pages to get to the meat of the story. The Crooked Man was a little too crooked. This book read as if it were a child's or YA book, but there were too many sexual references for it to be either of those. The major plot points and ending were predictable.
The narrator employed a high-pitched petulant whine for young David, the main character, which left me not wanting to root for him to finish his quest.
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