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Publisher's Summary

"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino - one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named Tubby who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year-old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some unhuman) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

©2015 Stygian LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kirby Heyborne works his vocal magic in a story that is, by turns, amusing and blood curdling.... Heyborne is in his element as he creates the garbled language and horrifying growls and howls of the fearsome trolls. He’s equally at home voicing teens and adults, particularly the stuttering local sheriff." ( AudioFile)

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Not as good as the cartoon, but still awesome.

I very much enjoyed this book. The narrator kind of bugged me, but the story was a ton of fun. It was very interesting to see the changes between the book and the cartoon. While I do feel the cartoon is (ironically) better, it is fun to compare the differences between the two. This one is much more like a live-action movie, with much more grit, blood and true monsters. It's fun, and I recommend it.

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Wonderful!!

Absolutely incredible!!! I originally became interested in this title due to a show on Netflix and this book is sooo much better than what was produced for television. it is wonderfully written and performed.

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Awesome performance!

Elementary to middle school level enjoyment. Kirby Heybourne was awesome as narrator. He's very enjoyable to listen to.

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Unexpectedly Excellent

So fun and entertaining, no reservations... I was dubious, but was quickly won over w/ the flippant humor, as well as the impressively conceived yarn;) Usually not a fan of the genre in general, but this one makes me reconsider that opinion... Reminded me a bit of John Connoly's Samuel Johnson/Biddlecombe books - The Gates, The Infernals, and The Creeps... Similar use of humor w/ the slightly gothic setting/mood... Silly - yes fantastical - yes worth a read - no question... I read it in one sitting w/ a slight break for sleep... Certainly worth the credit... The only negative, and it's a small one, is the the narrator is smidge slow, but played well at 1.25x... Go for it, you'll thank me...

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OMG this is not the kids cartoon

I watch this show with my kids and we really love it. This is not for kids! Really good and exciting, not like the tv show.

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best audio book

exceptional story and equally exceptional story teller! very entertaining! the range of voices and sounds the story teller can do kept surprising us !

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Bafflingly Horrible

As a recovering lit major, this is something I rarely say: the book isn't nearly as good as the show. I started watching the TV show loosely (VERY loosely, as it turns out) based on this book because my daughter discovered it, and I found myself sucked in as well. She loves audiobooks, so I picked this up, but my daughter quickly lost interest in it.

Intrigued, I decided to listen to Trollhunters myself. It's not at all what I'd expected. The story attempts to be both gritty and child/young-adult friendly, and fails at both. The characters are more or less two-dimensional and the plot is linear, lacking any kind of depth. At the same time the prose is clunky and the word choices often render it inaccessible to a younger audience, and some parents will probably find both the vulgar language and grotesqueness inappropriate.

I'm honestly surprised someone was able to pull such a good TV show out of something this unappealing. Even if it hadn't failed to live up to my expectations, I wouldn't have anything positive to say about Trollhunters. Perhaps the illustrations in the print version make up for the second-rate plot and amateur writing style, but with the addition of simply awful narration (Kirby Heybourne manages to deliver every line with an air of absolute contempt), there's nothing redeeming about the audiobook.

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Absolutely epic book

Only thing I didn’t care for was the narrator. I feel it could’ve been better.

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average

not as good as animated series. much more needed. without the amulet essentially granting them magic powers and putting them on even keel with trolls. I don't see how a teenage boy regardless of skill with a blade WITHOUT magic armor that weighs between 100-120lbs could content with 10ft 1 ton trolls let alone giant ass trolls. Defenitly more dark than the TV series but the book is just lacking where the show doesn't. if they'd made this into say three books and had Merlin's amulet involved and the book series followed James lake thru his adventures and sub plots all while building towards an inevitable climax with Gunmar, that would have been amazing.

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loved it, but...

loved the book, but the show is still more of a favorite. I do love how the book is a bit more violent and doesn't dodge swear words. However, the show is more rounded and the characters are much more developed and loveable. I do wish they made Claire as bad ass as she was in the book transfer over to the show.
Still, a good listen. Deff recommended.