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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.
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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)

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "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.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12
    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11
    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "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
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    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.

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    "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
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    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 07-25-11
    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A.J. Charlotte, NC, United States 04-12-13
    A.J. Charlotte, NC, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    Phyllis Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-01-12
    Phyllis Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-01-12
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    "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
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    "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
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    Elizabeth Greenville, SC, United States 10-24-11
    Elizabeth Greenville, SC, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I recommend reading this one - not listening."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The writer seemed to want to add new twists and information where none was needed. The different time periods and plots were interesting by themselves but didn't fit well together and that created a very unbelievable group of characters and plot. Most of the characters were only developed on the surface and you quickly lost interest in what each was doing and contributing. I think that if the writer had expanded on pretty much everything it would have been successful but then it would have neared 500 pages. Next time, less is more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Te reader didn't seem able to perform the many accents needed for the storyline. Most of the characters had labored dialogue and in all honesty it made me ready for the book to end so the dragging and awkward accents would end.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Ali
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    10/10/11
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    "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
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/11
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    "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
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    "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
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    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
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    "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
  • Fi Luland
    7/19/14
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    "Mostly excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part is the writing. The delivery when set in US was fine (for a children's book.) The story itself is really good.


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

    The most memorable moment was realising the reader was modeling his WELSH accent on Dick Van Dyke's cockney in Mary Poppins


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

    Gosh, anyone who has even a faint grasp of accents. It would have been better to carry on with his representation of an American Teen (apparently whiney) throughout, instead of trying to do such a dreadful massacre of speech. It was literally painful to listen to what sounded like someone making fun of learning disabilities! If only his 'Welsh' accent was on the sample, I could have saved some money!


    Any additional comments?

    Such a shame he chose to try an accent. It totally spoiled the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NB
    London, UK
    7/14/14
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    "Terrible accent meant I couldn't finish the book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was enjoying the story and interested in it until they got to Wales. Unfortunately I had to stop listening to it shortly after that because I couldn't get past the accent. How on earth someone thought it would go unnoticed that the narrator is doing a worse cockney accent than Dick Van Dyke, for people who are supposed to be WELSH, is beyond me!!
    It was great up to that point. I would have had no problem with the narrator had it stayed in America. He was doing fine up till the change of country.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ransom Riggs? Why or why not?

    Yes, if the accents were better.


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

    Anyone who can do an American accent and a Welsh accent.


    Did Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children inspire you to do anything?

    It's the first book I've stopped listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    If it was brought out again with an improved version, I'd buy it again because I was enjoying the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    7/2/14
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    "Great book, awful narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as it has an engaging storyline and a great concept


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Emma, although the narrator did an awful job at her voice and made her sound like an 8 year old with a speech impediment.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With an entirely different narrator. Maybe a British performer who can actually do all the accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    6/5/14
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    "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
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    "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
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