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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 05-22-12
    FanB14 05-22-12

    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.

    58 of 60 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 2013

    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.

    15 of 15 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.


    8 of 8 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 2013
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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.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12
    Erin PA, United States 03-21-12
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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!

    12 of 13 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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Franceska 06-03-13
    Franceska 06-03-13

    I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks.

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    "Great story but horrific narrator..."

    Story was great but narrated by a guy who has no clue how to do a British accent and as I'm a Brit it was very difficult to listen to someone mangle the accent so badly. I wish the story had picked up faster in the beginning but it was difficult to stop once Jacob got to the island.

    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 2011
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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.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Morganville, NJ United States 05-14-14
    Alison Morganville, NJ United States 05-14-14
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    "Did he just say MODMON???? (madman)"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't change much about the story. It's wonderfully engaging and full of great fantasy mixed with reality and lots of suspense.


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

    The twist was good!


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

    No. This book is set in Wales. While most of the people are Welsh, there are also Irish, English, and Scottish characters. Every single character that Mr. Bernstein portrayed that wasn't American sounded like some horrible Dick Van Dyke version of cockney or like Jason Statham after a stroke. The children's voices reminded me of the Artful Dodger if he was developmentally disabled. It was painful and it took a lot to try to ignore it.


    Do you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one. That part annoyed me. It was blatently obvious at the end of this book that I was going to have to listen to the next one. I am currently doing so and thankfully the narrator is different.


    2 of 2 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 2012
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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 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!!!

    14 of 14 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    2 of 2 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 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
    Galway, Ireland
    8/20/15
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    "Terrible accents ruined the story for me"

    I cant tell if I enjoyed this or not, Jesse Bernstein is a great reader and does characters very well but his attempt at accents completely ruined it for me, if you cant do accents just do your own that you know. I felt like a was listening to a piss take.
    The story isnt amazing but I might have enjoyed it better without the accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs G M Winrow
    8/6/15
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    "Don't listen if your British!"

    Would be a good listen if it wasn't for the terrible English accent, in the style of Dick Van Dyke!!
    Not sure if I will carry on with the series, but if I do I will read rather than listen. Also it doesn't have an ending as such. You have to read the next book if you want to find out what happens to everyone. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Dan H N
    London
    6/19/15
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    "Great read - I read and listened when I ran out of time"

    Awesome story - very cool concept! Would make a great movie for older kids. Mix of X men v time travel v school. Good deal of grimness and adolescents troubles. Loved it so much I bought the second book. Also fantastic pictures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Reeves
    UK
    5/4/15
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    "Interesting story which I came to believe"

    Lovely little story but unfortunately the welsh accent was rather irritating. It was mock English and sounded nothing like a Welsh person....
    The story was well thought through and believable if you put yourself totally into the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EvaGM
    3/11/15
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    "An original take on the fantasy genre"
    What did you like most about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    The author does a terrific job of creating a story based on a collection of unusual vintage photographs, it's a thrilling adventure that will entertain both adults and young readers. I will definitely try the second installment. Very nicely read, too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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