Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011 - an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled audiences and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it "an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.
©2014 Ransom Riggs (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
"[Heyborne] moves masterfully among the large cast of characters, creating distinct British voices for each of Jacob's peculiar friends. Heyborne's sense of timing, evident pleasure in the material, and ability to thrillingly execute the book's many dramatic moments will keep listeners riveted." (AudioFile)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
The first book was fascinating, learning about all the oddities and abilities of the children stuck in a perpetual time loop.
In Hollow City, the kids embark on a mission to locate another to turn Mrs. Peregrine's back to human form. Along the way, they meet new peculiars, whites, hollows, and have difficulty navigating the different time periods and obstacles associated with each. While this book is extremely well written, I wasn't engrossed and would have skipped it. I'm a non-sci-fi fan, but will dabble if I like the characters and/or storyline. This one was too much sci with no further character discovery and development. Better skipped or skim the book. Kirby Heyborne is not my favorite male narrator.
Kirby Heyborne brought this book to life and gave it the dignity it deserves! After the dreadful narration of the first book I almost couldn't bear to listen to another go, but hoping it might be the narrator that was the problem and took a chance on the second. The difference was night and day. And, frankly, the book was much better written and, the characters better developed. Anyone that I was around while I listened to it fell into the story immediately and didn't want to stop listening. Just so enjoyable. Can't wait for the next.
Say something about yourself!
If you read the first book you should continue the journey with this book. I almost wished I had re-read the first book before I started this one so I could place everyone. This is a somewhat dark tale but since it is written about children or child like adults it seems more fun. Will there be a 3rd?
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
It keeps the story going and has some great twists and turns. I could hardly stop listening to this book.
They are all my favorite. Each one brings something different to the table. He does a great job of describing the characters and their peculiarisms.
He is so great! Love, Love, Love, him!!!!
Yes, it just sucks you in.
A thrid book is coming out early next year and now I have to wait. This is the second book of the MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. They are wonderful books that use or imagniation and make it seem like we are right there with them. HIghly Recommend this series.
I love the how the reader really bring the characters to live through his voices! I read the first book of the series and knew I had to listen to the second one! This book is absolutely marvelous! The journey it takes you on is suspenseful and wonderful! I can not wait for the third book!
A very well written suspenseful adventure! I do recommend that you read Book #1 first otherwise you might be a bit lost because of all the unique references in Peculiardom.
Lost of twist and turns. Very unique and creative.
Disappointed by narrator. He acts like he's reading poetry or something. He doesn't even try to do a female voice. They should have had the same guy from the first book narrate. He sounds old when doing the children's voices. He takes away from the story.
Our peculiar hero's are trapped emotionally and perceptively as children with decades of experience with the same day. I don't think you could create a more devilishly agonizing fatal flaw.
I like to listen to just about anything that has some enjoyable content. I like to listen on my way to and from work, sitting under a tree, on my way to sleep. Imagination is my best friend when it comes to listening to a good book!
This series is pretty interesting. It would be great to be read aloud to children before bed, especially boys. All over good story line, causes the imagination to run.
Absolutely loved this, more than the second. I prefer the narrator too! The last one was hard to listen to.
What I don't get though, is why his parents would go all the way to london, when they were originally the other side of the country? There are a lot of other nearer city centres.
Anyway- fantastic, really got into the story and characters, and couldn't stop listening, cannot wait for the next one.
Yet again Mister Riggs, you out do yourself. A gripping book and the cliff hanger creating such tension awaiting the next story. You sir are a clever man.
"Gripping- can't wait for book 3"
Read this straight after book 1. Preferred this to the first - it gets very exciting with twists and turns at every page that keeps you sucked in. Again beautiful book - author notes are great too. Looking forward to book 3!
"You Just Can't Leave It Like That!?"
Yes, just because. It's Ransom Riggs... need I say more?
It's in a class of it's own. Read the first book first though.
When the children were in the boats at the beginning and one is secured to a pole and acting as a lookout for shore.
Yes and I did.
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