We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | [Ransom Riggs]

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that makes for a thrilling listening experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Download the accompanying letters and photographs.

©2011 Ransom Riggs (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.” (Publishers Weekly)

"A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole.... Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age." (Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (714 )
5 star
 (217)
4 star
 (229)
3 star
 (187)
2 star
 (58)
1 star
 (23)
Overall
3.8 (616 )
5 star
 (199)
4 star
 (207)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (62)
1 star
 (23)
Story
3.8 (614 )
5 star
 (220)
4 star
 (189)
3 star
 (121)
2 star
 (48)
1 star
 (36)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3694
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    115
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    212
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just Missed the Mark"
    What did you like best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you like least?

    Enjoyed the secret world and surrounding characters were interesting and different; not your typical werewolf & vampire faire.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tale well woven but sudden ending left characters & storyline not as neatly tied up as it could have been. The scary parts were a little ridiculous, but the details of the house and the story of Emma & the grandfather & main character were well done. The parents were unbelievable and too non-existent. I would have given them more depth or killed them off earlier.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    British accents were bloody awful and geriatric. Couldn't enjoy connection between characters b/c I was wondering why Eliza Doolittle and her Father's cockney accents were blaring through my headphones.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth my time to listen. Good concept, but not carried to fruition. Not a fave, but enjoyed.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12
    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting Story"
    What did you like best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you like least?

    The story was very interesting and fairly well written. A bit slow at the start, but it does pick up after a short while. I greatly enjoyed listening to it...that is until it came time for Jesse Bernstein to speak with an accent. I could barely stand listening to it. The overall performance was not bad, but be prepared to cringe every time a character with an accent speaks!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Bernstein’s performances?

    I may be willing to Bernstein another chance, as long as I knew that no accents would be involved in the book.


    Could you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think this book does have potential to be a wonderful movie!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It kept my attention throughout, and always looked forward to listening to more. If it weren't for the terrible accents (which really distracted from the story), I would've rated this book a bit higher. Definitely worth the listen though!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-21-12
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "narration problem"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. Its a fantastical story with a realistic base. Just my thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    The scene of the main character groping around in the dark in a strange, ancient, and beat up house full of ghosts, and experiencing a sense of being in between worlds, simultaneously with the pain of being a family member affected by the holocaust.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Bernstein?

    Frank Muller, any day of the week. Anyone but Bernstein really.


    Could you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator does not only make anyone with an accent sound like an idiot or a ghoul, but his reading also completely lacks proper timing and emphasis. Its like he doesn't know how human beings speak. If I had less of an imagination, he would have completely ruined the book for me. As far as the supposed cursing is concerned, its not an issue, unless you are a small child or very oversensitive. Cursing level is pretty every-day.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11
    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Probably Not Worth It"
    What would have made Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children better?

    I would have preferred a more coherent narrative. This book fails to create its own internal logic.


    Has Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. Indeed, I would recommend listeners steer toward Suzanne Collins, Scott Westerfeld or Philip Pullmam.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performer was age-appropriate but a bit silly in delivery.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was an imaginative listen and I enjoyed the storyline exclusive to the grandfather's childhood.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 05-23-12
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 05-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very engaging"
    Where does Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story builds slowly at first but as the realities of the plot are exposed you're quickly hooked. The cover makes you wonder what you're getting into. Think X-Men without the unbelievable comic book qualities. It's a very human story and I enjoyed it greatly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    Upon arriving at the island, you're pulled into a dazzlingly different world. I found the whole discovery process very memorable.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A.J. Charlotte, NC, United States 04-12-13
    A.J. Charlotte, NC, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story survives the dialect. Just."
    What did you love best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    An imaginative take on the misfit kids at school with a nicely chilling supernatural twist.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A story like this needs actors who can handle dialect. This performer handled the introductory section in the US adequately, but once the story moved to the UK (where it stays for most of the book) things go downhill fast. The Welsh and other accents are not in the ballpark: cripplingly, comically bad in ways seriously undermining my ability to sit through the story. It really is very unfortunate casting.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 10-31-12
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and the story. It was so different and the characters were all very interesting to me. I am looking forward to more books to finish off the story. I enjoyed the narration and thought he did a great job. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Phyllis Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-01-12
    Phyllis Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-01-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Misemthropes Take Center Stage"

    The characters develop a charm of long ago. They are funny, quirky, and yes peculiar individuals which propels the storyline. I found myself, wondering what it would be like to have such unusal powers.
    I enjoyed this read on many levels. The storyline is humorous and imaginative. And you'll fall in love with some of the zany children you will encounter. If there's something wrong with this book its that the author had to stop while the adventure was not completed. You just know there's going to be another book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 07-25-11
    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It might be better to actually read this."

    I really enjoyed the story and characters, and Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job as the main character. Unfortunately his accents and voices for other characters were pretty terrible. Until the very end, when I was so absorbed by the story I didn't care, I dreaded every time Emma or Miss Peregrine needed to speak.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    07-10-11
    07-10-11 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Slow at start, picked up, abrubt ending"

    This book interested me right from the start from the description. It started off slow, however, I think that was needed to understand the main character. The book didn't start moving until 1/3 of the way through it. From that point until close to the end I was very impressed. Then i got to the last chapter and saw there was 33 minutes remaining and I wondered how this story could be completed in that short amount of time. It wasn't. A very lousy last 5 minutes of the book. I'm glad I listened to it as it was a bit "peculiar", however, the ending was bad. Real bad.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 41 results PREVIOUS125NEXT
Sort by:
  • Ali
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    10/10/11
    Overall
    "Terrible accents - don't waste your money"

    What could have been an entertaining enough story (even if I was shouting at the stupid, illogical lead character decisions at times), was absolutely ruined by the narrator's unbelievably terrible attempts at Welsh / English accents. I cannot fathom why you would get an American to narrate a book, at least 50% of which includes dialogue by non-American characters, who has no aptitude for foreign accents and has clearly never even bothered to listen to a Welsh accent, never mind English accents. His appalling (and frankly insulting) attempts at accents completely distracted me from the story so much that I just couldn't get into it. And to top it off, as he was clearly having so much trouble doing the accents, all the characters spoke so slowly that they all seemed to have learning difficulties. His one attempt at an Irish accent (speaking as an Irish native myself) was equally pathetic. Do not waste your money on this terrible audiobook!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Malin
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    7/7/11
    Overall
    "Interesting book ruined by narrator"

    What would have been a quite engrossing listen with a new twist on the alternate reality/gifted children YA genre is ruined by the narrator's appalling attempts at british accents. It is really destroying the book for me as I can't concentrate on the story when I'm busy wincing.

    At the beginning of the book it is also stated that a .pdf with the photographs mentioned in the book comes with the download. It would have been great if Audible could make that available to those who have purchased the book.

    If, unlike me, you are able to overlook the narrator's shortcomings then this should be an enjoyable listen. For the rest, I would suggest getting the paper edition as the book itself really is pretty good and probably quite engrossing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    6/24/11
    Overall
    "A bit predictable"

    A nice story, but not quite what I expected from the description. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter books, you would probably like this. Worth listening to for the hysterical Welsh accent of the narrator. Think Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. Dawson
    London, UK
    9/15/11
    Overall
    "(Not a Review)"

    The PDF does come with the audiobook, in "my library" there's a PDF link under the title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evan S. Cent
    London
    8/6/11
    Overall
    "OK story; poor narrator; PDF of photos is missinig"

    The story was fairly enjoyable. It was unusual, but I did find myself getting a bit bored in places. Mostly, though, I found it quite engaging. For fuller reviews of the story, see Amazon website.

    However, the audiobook was narrated by an American man whose Welsh and English accents were so terrible it was actually pretty funny. Except that it spoilt the book because you just couldn't take it seriously or get into the story. It made it feel farcical all the time. It's a shame. I'm not some fussy pedantic Brit. I can put up with a lot. But this was beyond terrible. It sounded like Dick Van Dyke's accent had been put in a blender with various other strange accents that resembled nothing I've ever heard. There are some excellent voice actors that can do lots of different accents, and you can forgive a lot. I would have preferred just to have a bland English accent instead of this terrible attempt at Welsh or whatever it was he was trying to achieve. The story was strong enough for this not to put me off listening altogether. It's a pity about the awful accents, because the narrator read the prose nicely and at a good pace: slow enough and with feeling, not too slow or too fast.

    The other thing is that and announcement at the beginning of the Audiobook states that it comes with a PDF file of the photos in the book. Well, the CD version may do, but the audiodownload doesn't. Although the photos aren't essential to your understanding of the story, but it would have been very nice to see them. They are part of the book and are what the author created the story from, so you miss something by not being able to look at them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    6/5/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting book, but terrible narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Why Jesse Bernstein was chosen to narrate this story is beyond me. The accents are so bad, they drove me to distraction. I mean, really, would it have been that difficult to find a narrator that is able to do English and Welsh accents convincingly? I cringed while listening and it just became unbearable by chapter six. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kerena
    4/28/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "narrator spoilt the book sad really"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator very poor couldnt finish book!!


    What could Ransom Riggs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Sacked the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste ur money get someone right to do a re read and bring it back out again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    United Kingdom
    4/12/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Kooky Adventures"
    Would you listen to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children again? Why?

    Yes, I've reread it several times. It's a good story with solid world building and wngaging characters.


    What other book might you compare Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to, and why?

    It's in a world of it's own but perhaps fans would also like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials or Kieran Larwood's Freaks.


    What about Jesse Bernstein’s performance did you like?

    The Welsh accent was atrocious but funny.


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

    Spoiler... Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "shocking narrator!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book is an interesting idea probably more fantasy than horror


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Bernstein’s performances?

    Good Lord NO! The narrative was absolutely shockingly awful!!!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    I'd have edited a new narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    A real shame as the story is in itself great! massively let down by the awful narrator and the total inability to do accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sar1386
    London
    1/16/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Weird and over hyped!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    maybe teenagers would find it enjoyable.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


    What didn’t you like about Jesse Bernstein’s performance?

    The narrator accent impressions were awful, the welsh accent especially sounded like nothing I’ve ever heard before and I’m british. it would have been better if he just stuck to his own voice as it really was distracting when trying to follow the storyline.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    The beginning was very dragged out, i would have shortened it so Jacob reached the island sooner that way i could have added some interesting island scenes in.


    Any additional comments?

    Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children tells the story of Jacob, a teenager who has grew up listening to his grandfather stories of a mystical island home to children with special powers, who are known as peculiar.
    All these stories had been exactly that to Jacob until one fateful day when his grandfather is killed by a mysterious creature.
    This day triggers Jacob to go on a trip to the island of of Wales, an island that holds his grandfathers past and may hold Jacobs future.
    When beginning this book i was excited as i had read and watched so many reviews that raved how great it was and how they cannot wait for the sequel, well i do not share that opinion. For all the hype it received, it left me stunned as the story was average at best. it didn’t draw me in nor did it keep me hooked like a great story does. I found the storyline mostly uneventful, the ending didn’t have the wow that i expected it was all rather plain and weird to say the least.
    This book was nothing of what i expected and is certainly not one i would recommend, I will not be continuing the series as it holds no interest for me and i do feel let down by it as i think it was way over hyped.
    I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.