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Lost Boys Audiobook

Lost Boys

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Publisher's Summary

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror. Young boys, whose names match a list of Stevie's nonexistent friends, have mysteriously vanished from Steuben. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it's suddenly clear that Stevie is next on the list.

©1992 Orson Scott Card; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Science-Fiction, 2005

"Card skillfully uses terror as a background to everyday family life. For Stephen King fans and those who like their suspense mixed with the supernatural." (Library Journal)

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    Martin 01-22-05
    Martin 01-22-05 Member Since 2010
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    "Navel gazing"

    Autobiography and fantasy don't mix. This book was painful to listen to, and the "twist" at the end just didn't make sense. My advice to Card: stick to the made-up characters or write a true autobiography because putting the two together just doesn't work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 01-15-05
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    "Sadest book I ever read"

    I had been hooked on this author. Liked the Alvin books, loved the Ender books. But this book killed it all for me. Never bought another of his books. Not true, bought the last Ender audio book.

    Not a great plot. No great characters. Ends in a mystical, evil evil twist. A gratuitous use of your sensibilities by the author.

    Above based on reading the book years ago, not on the audio version.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Long Beach, CA, USA 01-05-05
    Linda Long Beach, CA, USA 01-05-05
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    "the lost boys"

    A huge dissappointment...BORING...couldn't even finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 12-22-04
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 12-22-04 Member Since 2014
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    "I stopped after 5 hours"

    I have listened to all Ender Series books and this book pales in comparison. After 5 hours of never ending "babble" I stopped. It has no plot. I don't know if after 5 hours the plot would be revealed but I got fed up listening. It wasn't leading me to anywhere.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    busy mama Montana 11-03-04
    busy mama Montana 11-03-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Should have remained a short story"

    The publisher's summary on this title is misleading. I usually really enjoy Card's books, but this one has very little in common with the others in tone or style. The character dialog simply droned on and on into such minute detail of their thoughts that I wanted to strangle main characters. According to the author, this book began as a short story and I think it should have remained so! It took 13 CDs to download this book, and the actual meat of the story didn't really begin until the 10th CD. Everything else was excruciating detail about the way this couple parents, and lots of detail about the day to day workings of the Mormon Church. While this is somewhat interesting, the publisher's summary mentions nothing about the Mormon teaching included in it. With all of that said, however, the core of the story has a good hook, and I really did become invested in the characters and outcome. If it had moved a little faster and didn't incluce so much minutiae about these people's day to day lives, I probably would have enjoyed it much more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brielle, NJ, USA 03-16-05
    Corey Brielle, NJ, USA 03-16-05
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    "A complete waste of time"

    This is the first audio book that I could not get through. The main characters irritated me to the point that I hoped for their fiery deaths. As I did not finish the book, I don't know that they met this fate, but I can hope.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    M. Sundstrom 12-19-09
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    "I agree with many of the other reviewers here"

    Very disappointing, I couldn't end up finishing the book. Definitely not what I expected from reading the book description or the Ender series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janie 12-08-09
    Janie 12-08-09

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    "Not at ALL what I expected"

    This book was NOT AT ALL what I expected from this author or from the description. It was not that I didn't like it, but it wasn't until about 2 hours from the END of the book that it started to even closely resemble what the book description said it was about. I kept listening only because it was Card. The narrator was good, but the book was HEAVILY about the mormon religion although not a religious book per se.

    I must say that I have really mixed feelings. If I compare it to what I expected it to be, I'd have to say I hated it, but since I listened to the whole thing, I'd say it was a well-written book about the mormons with a strange twist that gets thrown in at the end.

    All-in-all, if I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have bought it, but it was OK...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Culver, OR, USA 07-05-08
    Cheryl Culver, OR, USA 07-05-08
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    "About the Mormon religeon"

    This story was more about the daily lives of a Mormon family than anything else. It was fairly interesting and informative for that purpose alone but not very good otherwise. I was anticipating a great suspense story but it was sort of mundane and disappointing. OSC is a great writer but this book is off the target.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tryshch Oakland Park, FL, USA 05-18-07
    Tryshch Oakland Park, FL, USA 05-18-07
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters came to life, and the Mormonism portrayed was both a faith-sharing act from the author, and an important part of the character development. I really enjoyed the author's note at the end. It made me look at the book with new eyes. I'll definitely pick more of his books in the future.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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