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Publisher's Summary

Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day.

While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door - a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night....

©2004 John Ajvide Lindqvist (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city." (Booklist)

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An amusement park of depravity!

This book is completely amazing. It will stay with you long after you finish. A word of caution, however... This discusses explicit and difficult subject matter in great depth. Even without that subject matter, it would still be terrifying. It's not for everyone.

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Overall, good. However...

John Lindqvist's book has several things going for it. An interesting take on the vampire legend quite unlike any other interpretation. In particular, the description of the transformation into the ranks of the undead one unfortunate victim experiences was fascinating and vivid. I particularly enjoyed the window into Swedish culture the book opened to the listener as well. What I did not particularly enjoy was Lindqvist's dogged insistence in subjecting the reader to a quite unnecessary amount of lurid detail in the accounting of a certain pedophiliac protagonist. It very nearly made the listening experience impossible to bear. Staying with the story is ultimately worth it in the end, but the film adaptation (Let The Right One In) is by far a better experience. Parts of this book was pure genius. But it was also equally a fairly uncomfortable listening experience in spots as well. A very mixed bag, indeed.

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Best Audiobook Narration I've heard yet.

The only reason I listen to audiobooks is because it's very convenient at work. For books that I really want to enjoy, I read them myself because I find the narrations very distracting (usually because I find them so bad). I've listened to many audiobooks at this point, and most of them have plenty of praise for their narrator, but I have never really thought any of them were great. However, in this case I feel absolutely compelled to leave a review praising the performance. Steven Pacey really understands and gets into the characters. Absolutely the best I've heard, bar none.

As far as the story itself goes, it does drag a little at the end, and the ending itself is a bit anticlimactic. But overall a good, dark, vampire story - quite different from the US and Swedish films.

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Ewww.

The story had way too much pedophilia in it. Other than that it was ok... there was just NO NEED for that much description of an old guy who was into young boys. The story would have been much better if that whole aspect was cut out. Definitely struggled to finish, and I'll never listen to it again.

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a great entry into the vampire cannon

though this is a translation from an earlier Swedish work, I would like to note that it is nonetheless a very good translation. it is easy to see why this novel was on the bestseller list in Europe as long as it was. Left me wanting more. The performance by the reader was highly adequate and professional that did not take away from the storyline in the least. An overall really good read for those interested in horror fiction, vampires, or any combination of the two.

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Let Me In

Hated this. I listened to the entire story and still have NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS ABOUT!! I got little bits here and there that I liked and bam I was lost again not knowing what this was about or what it had to do with the part I was reading about. I was never able to connect the whole story together with all the parts. Won't listen to it again or recommend it to anyone else!!

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If you liked the movie you'll love this

The book goes into much darker places as precious reviewers had alluded to. Adds a lot of depth to the story. Definitely worth a listen.

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wonderful.

scary, horrofingly amazing book. Oskar and Eli's story will delight you and terrify you in equal parts. a dash of Morrissey lyrics too, this book has it all.

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Intriguing

This is a unique and very interesting book, it was funny and gross and suspenseful and sweet all at once! I am glad I got to listen to this book because there is so much more to learn about this story than what was showed in the movies. I only wish there was a sequel.

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A Little More Disturbing than the Films

What did you love best about Let Me In?

The small scenes of humor thrown in from time to time. For example, the slapping of Lacke, the wrestling between Eli and Oskar, and Tommy's attitude and treatment towards Staffan. These scenes lessen the dark tone of the novel, even if it was only by a little bit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Surprisingly,Tommy and Lacke. I really do not know why, however I believe it is because every time a scene involved one of them I always found myself laughing. Something about their characters and personalities just evoked laughter.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to really say which one was my favorite, however I will say the slapping of Lacke scene had me dying laughing for quite sometime. I even believe I rewind the audio to hear the scene two more times.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely, laughter and also, from time to time, repulsed. I already explained the reason for why the novel was funny, however the repulsed sense comes from some of the other scenes within the book. Like when Hakan attacked Eli, Tommy, and another nameless boy, naked. He was such a dirty and lonely old man!

Any additional comments?

Nope.