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The Lovely Bones Audiobook

The Lovely Bones

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Publisher's Summary

More than 2 million copies sold by Picador, more than 8 million around the world - now a film by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures)

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.

This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . . The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places.

"A stunning achievement." (The New Yorker)
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." (Los Angeles Times)

©2002 Alice Sebold; (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing." (The Times

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-09-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Unexpected"

    Resisted this book for a long time, didn't want to read about a child being murdered. That said, I was surprisingly relieved that the story really does not focus on the actual event as much as it does about a family's struggle to survive and heal in the aftermath and the girl, though deceased, is very much present in a spiritual way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen oslo, Norway 11-05-10
    Carmen oslo, Norway 11-05-10
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    "Boring"

    What a drag of a book!
    I regreted buying it pretty soon but I decided to give it a go anyway... I can't say that I recommend it... to put it that way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol melbourne, VIC, Australia 02-05-10
    Carol melbourne, VIC, Australia 02-05-10
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    "Way too long"

    the story was enjoyable for the first three quarters of the book, but the last third just went on and on and on. 15 minutes describing the wet washing on the line or the organization of a vegetable patch. could have been 2 hours shorter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I expected but good."

    A life story as narrated by a murdered girl. Well you have to expect weird but somehow this was weirder than I expected. I think the main issue was it was so ordinary. The parents were fallible, there were no perfect heros, the killer is a sad little weed - not a brilliant psychopath, and justice is somehow unfullfilling. But in the midst of all this life goes on and is beautiful. Love endures and rebuilds all observed by the murdered girl trying to come to terms with her new place in the scheme of things. Odd, grounded, thoughtful. I enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adelise seven hills, Australia 03-22-14
    adelise seven hills, Australia 03-22-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Good start but then trailed off. Such a shame. The reader was good but she could not save the story from its disappointing conclusion.

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    e Bushland Beach, Australia 09-03-13
    e Bushland Beach, Australia 09-03-13
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    "Fabulous Narration"

    The narrator was absolutely brilliant, I will be looking for other books that she narrates, her intonations, the ability to clearly define the character voices made this an effortless, highly enjoyable listen. The fastest I have listened to a book yet!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chandon Paris, France 11-28-12
    Chandon Paris, France 11-28-12
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    "a roller coaster ride ....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lovely Bones to be better than the print version?

    When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven and tells us about her short life story on earth. How life was for her before being abruptly murdered. She looks down to us from this peaceful place called “Heaven” and carries readers through a journey that will end her life on earth. Susie Salmon was raped and murdered by her neighborhood, Mr. Harvey who is a sexual predator /killer serial.
    The event is viewed and told from a dead girl’s perspective, which makes this book unique and unusual.
    The crime description is not unbearable. Susie bears a smart outlook on what has happened to her on earth. Readers are carried through the event at the same as Susie as she does the following days, months and years. Besides, Susie tells the story with a great sense of humor so we are not crying as we are experiencing how though is for her family to deal with her death.
    This story is not just about the grief of those left behind, but also about Susie’s coming to terms with her loss of life. Navigating through this book has been a roller-coaster ride. I truly recommend it for those of you who are looking for a funny, gloomy and great book to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rasha 04-09-10
    Rasha 04-09-10
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    "Good, but..."

    The Lovely Bones is a nice, painful story. The last few chapters just dragged on. I don't think heaven was done justice in the description. I found it a bit too much having heaven depicted as a boring place and the souls of the dead feel bored there! Besides, what was the reason for the final chapters if it didn't lead to anything related to the murder?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine Alberton, South Africa 02-22-10
    Charmaine Alberton, South Africa 02-22-10
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    "Could not put down"

    A refreshing look at a crime novel.Ienjoyed every second of it. Excellent value for money

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  • Jan
    10/23/17
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    "Unique Perspective on the death of a loved one"

    Very enjoyable. How her murder affected everyone from her point of view. Great Narration .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/27/17
    "Excellent couldn't put it down"

    Brilliant book and wonderfully narrated, so compelling I finished it in one and half days!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    8/23/17
    "Fantastic"

    I thought the film was very good until I read the book. This book paints a picture of loss and love better than any film could ever do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meg Plummer
    West Yorkshire, UK
    1/20/17
    "An emotional roller coaster."

    What a wonderful way to narrate a story where their sight provided a tittialating frustration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HILARY SWEETMAN
    11/13/16
    "Heaven..."

    This gave me a total different concept on heaven...... which became thought provoking and it also made me see how a family can fall apart after a family member is murdered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tea Jenny
    10/23/16
    "I got bored with it"

    It really started well . There were good bits . Just too long ? Wouldn't listen to this again .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Larissa
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    10/22/16
    "warm story"

    The story will grasp you and hold your sttention to the end. unusually beautiful despite the cruelty of events..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith Gladstone
    7/12/16
    "Brilliant"

    Amazing story told from such an unusual angle. The narration has brought it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy Hewett
    4/17/16
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    "Don't give up"

    I nearly did and i am so glad I finished it. It is such a lovely story, well worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/28/16
    "Lovely Bones"

    seen the film audio book much better much more detailed than the film .
    Overall excellent .👍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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