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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother.... As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves, and monsters, and begins his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.

©2006 John Connolly (P)2007 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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wonderful!

the narrator is superb! the story amazing! I think this will be one of my new all time favorites. Don't be deceived, this is not story for children

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beautiful book

amazing narration. tremendous tale filled with important morals. highly recommend it. thank you author & narrator

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brilliant and scarry

This is one of those books that's hard to put down. I believe this is not the last time I will read it.

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Strangely good.

I really did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It gave all my favourite childhood stories a new and interesting twist.

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To all Book lovers ❤️

The book overall was amazing from start to finish. Great narrator as Nick Rawlinson gives a powerful performance for each of the characters and the overall progression of the story. The story itself had an interesting premise with a very unique twist as we get to know our protagonist through a hero's journey from his introduction to the unknown to his return as a changed man. The supporting cast was amazing along with a great villain. This is a must for the bookaholics and the lovers of fictions, satisfying to the end. 😉😄

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  • Mark
  • 02-12-14

I wish I had written this.........

Would you listen to The Book of Lost Things again? Why?

I have not finished listening yet because for a change I dont want the experience to end.
The story is gripping and grim, the narration is enthralling as is the story in every sense. Its brutal and kind like all good fairy stories should be.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 7 dwarves

Which character – as performed by Nick Rawlinson – was your favourite?

snow white

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

made me shiver

Any additional comments?

soon I will have to sit and listen to the end but am putting it off till its dark and cold once again

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  • Graham G.
  • 11-12-14

Sleepy

What would have made The Book of Lost Things better?

A different narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The long, laborious, unnecessary pauses for "dramatic" effect put me right off and made me impatient with the narrator. I found myself falling asleep.

What character would you cut from The Book of Lost Things?

none

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  • Simon
  • 05-30-12

A beautifully read and transfixing tale

This wonderful book takes a series of fairy tales, turns them on their heads and builds them into a marvellous story following the journey of one boy to manhood. It is a story tellers dream and Nick Rawlinson is the ultimate one to tell it. His narration is outstanding, and one of the best I have heard. The emotion and life that he brings to the book is superb.

The twist in the fairy tales that David (the boy) encounters is at times hilarious, and at other times frightening and gory. The story weaves beautifully from one to another and whilst the culmination is inevitable, there is no loss in the telling of it.

Wonderfully written. Superbly read.

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  • S
  • 10-13-16

Very well written but not my thing

It took me a while to get into this book. The beginning is very slow and there isn't an ounce of happiness or charisma in it. It is not actually a very happy book at all but once it gets into its stride- around the entrance of the dwarfs in my opinion- it takes on a lyrical charm and charisma. Albeit with some very dark, very very dark at times, subjects wrapped up in a brothers grimm style story. The narrator was perfect casting for this book. I read a review based on the narration which nearly put me off. I am pleased to say they were wrong. The narrator has superb skill and has a tonal quality which suits this story to the tea. He added to the whole experience. You just have to get past the beginning.

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  • A
  • 02-26-12

Who chooses the readers?

The book is really very good - worth at least 4 stars. The problem is the reader, he was awful.

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  • Miko
  • 04-13-18

Like a Never-ending Nightmare

This book showed promise, but literally lost the plot and descended into being a vehicle for nearly every nightmare~ish concept out there, from monsters and gory violence to more subtle and disturbing issues such as child abuse. Seemed to be horror for horror’s sake, which was a shame as this book could have been much more.

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  • Myfanwy
  • 02-21-18

A well written book with twists and turns.

I really enjoyed this book.
Not particularly intellectually challenging more challenging to one’s imagination. Book to listen to when you want to relax.
Enjoy.

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  • Jameela
  • 08-15-17

Enjoyable!

It took a few chapters to finally get into this audio book but actually really enjoyed it! Took a while to get used to the narrator but he was actually great! I loved the little spin on the traditional fairy tails too! Overall would recommend to others

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  • Aoife
  • 04-12-16

Excellent book & well read .

Very imaginative and well told story . Really enjoyed this book from start to end. Excellent !

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  • kerry davidson
  • 07-16-15

Book of lost things

Love this book have read it many times but enjoyed it being read to me just as much