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The Book of Lost Things Audiobook

The Book of Lost Things

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Publisher's Summary

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

With echoes of Gregory Maguire's and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, author John Connolly introduces us to a cast of not-quite-familiar characters - like the seven socialist dwarfs who poison an uninvited (and unpleasant) princess and try to peg the crime on her stepmother. Or the Loups, the evil human-canine hybrids spawned long ago by the union of a wolf and a seductive girl in a red cloak.

As war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination, yet frighteningly real - a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book...The Book of Lost Things.

©2006 John Connolly; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

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    Patricia 01-16-13
    Patricia 01-16-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "An ugly "shaggy wolf" story"

    I enjoyed Connolly's "The Gates", which had an energetic protagonist and a reasonable premise, and fell for the good reviews for this book. After 2+ hours of hearing about the problems of a depressed and depressing young boy, the action finally started. Some of it was inventive; much was ugly; some was related to fairy tales but other bits seemed like just an opportunity to bring in grotesques. There was an almost complete lack of humor, and what there was was heavy-handed and soon over. Since it was set in WWII, I kept looking for parallels, but, trust me, Tolkein did it a lot better. But obviously, given the reviews, a lot of people have like it. Go take a look at a hard copy before you decide this one is for you.

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    cienna 08-11-16
    cienna 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely not a children's book"

    This was a very heavy book that has a very strong theme of death and twisted horror throughout, it does have a few redeeming moments although few and far between. It strongly plays on the main characters loss of innocence, in that he discovers sexuality in a dark and twisted way which made me feel ill. This book left me feeling depressed and yet drew the conclusion that life is fragile and we should not take for granted the time that we have left.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karlee Moxley 07-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "...I held my breath until the last words."
    Where does The Book of Lost Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a new listener and have only completed three books on Audible and I have been lucky enough to thoroughly and utterly enjoy every single one. The Book of Lost things was different- it opens your mind to another world that revolves around imagination and a child's love of stories. It sucks you in and leaves you holding your breath until the very last word is uttered.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that this book was completely original, yet had familiar fairy tales threaded throughout the entire story. Each tale had an unexpected twist on a micro level, while the story itself had twists and turns on a bigger scale. You were left thinking you knew what would happen next, and then being thrown on the ground when the rug was pulled out from under you from the next surprise.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought depth and tone changes that left you painting the images in your mind with each inflection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    “And, in the darkness, David closed his eyes as all that was lost was found again.”


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hollie Craddock 02-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "So-so performance. So-so story."
    Would you recommend The Book of Lost Things to your friends? Why or why not?

    Parts of this book were beautiful in imagery and writing. Parts seemed to drag on. I imagine if I had been reading a paper book, I would have skimmed many pages to get to the meat of the story. The Crooked Man was a little too crooked. This book read as if it were a child's or YA book, but there were too many sexual references for it to be either of those. The major plot points and ending were predictable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator employed a high-pitched petulant whine for young David, the main character, which left me not wanting to root for him to finish his quest.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Green Mtns Waterbury, VT, United States 06-11-15
    Green Mtns Waterbury, VT, United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2014

    Mad for Westies

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    "A wonderful tale masterfully narrated"
    Any additional comments?

    John Connolly's central character in this book is similar to the boy hero/protagonist in his Infernals series -- a young man going through the trials and tribulations of determining who he is and his place in the world. The story tell is rich and at its heart is the triumph of good in a boy's soul over the forces of evil. Terrific narration brings the characters to life, and the ending was very satisfying. Well worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Boccato 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Alienates both audiences"

    I didn't hate this book but I didn't understand who exactly it was written for...
    It's very grim, dark and gruesome to be a children's book, but it is still a children's story at heart, which makes it not the most stimulating reading for adults. It's too child like for grown-ups, while it is way too violent and twisted for kids. There were some good moments, but overall not a story I will carry with me.
    The narrator was excellent however!

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    Tammy 03-03-09
    Tammy 03-03-09
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    "Kept me listening."

    I really enjoyed this book. It started a little bit slow, but once the little boy disappeared into the other world, I couldn't stop listening. You couldn't help rooting for him, and understanding how he thought. The people he met were as interesting as he was.

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    Amazon Customer 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not your child's fairy tale."

    At times dark and disturbing, others poetic & beautiful, this book is worth the listen. The narrator is amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    User 02-23-17
    User 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts slow but it's worth the wait"

    The story starts off quite slow. I put it down a few times. However, once it gets going it's a great fantasy mixed with a boy becoming a man. I really enjoyed this story. The narrator is fantastic!

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    Avian Schmigiel 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful for any fan of literature"

    This is a splendid tale of the marvels of youthful imagination, woven from twisted threads of classic stories and ropes of adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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