Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She's 12. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully.

The iconic first book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer....

©2018 Derek Landy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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So much fun!

I didn't quite know what to expect from this book. But it had good reviews - and it was on sale, so I took a chance. As the audio started I was wondering if I would be able to tolerate the voice. Before you know it I was under the spell. My husband and I absolutely LOVED the dark whit and snappy comebacks. The spooky sounds and jazzy music between the chapters gives it a sort of Halloweenish character, another good thing. Speaking of characters, they are great - in a completely crazy magical sort of way. Rupert Degas was brilliant with the voices - so much so that everything came to life, just like magic. Hmm.... The next book in the series is already in my queue.

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Highest Snark Levels Detected

I am in love with this book. it is so good!
I kind of hate how long the music goes at the beginning and the end. It just seems to carry on and on. I really love these characters though and the story was excellent. I can't wait to have kids because I am so playing this series on road trips for them.

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Obsessed

I love this series so much words cannot describe. I've been reading it since I myself was 12 years old and it influenced my character growing up.

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enjoyable

I must say that I enjoyed the music at the beginning and end of the chapters it did this perfectly, some other audiobooks I've heard have done the same thing but cut off dialogue into the chapters or the music is louder then expected and hurts the ear.

The characters were fun and the laws of magic in this book were interesting.

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"A penchant for raising Cain.."

An exciting read, full of action, mystery and copious amounts of wit. The language flows, the narrative is compelling and the narrator, in this case Rupert Degas brings to life the story of a murder being solved by a dead man. Highly recommend!

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Truly obnoxious sound effects

The story was overwhelmed by a chapter endings which -every single one of them- included a man whispering “yeahhhh” and a woman screaming. As well as obnoxious jazz interludes. It was impossible to like the story as I spent every chapter beginning and end gritting my teeth and hating everyone involved in this production.

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Good overall but very clearly for YA audiences

I didn't realize this was a YA book before selecting it, but it shows in the simplicity of the story and dialogue. While a good book for a YA, it is not good enough to stand up to older readers with said simplicity.
While otherwise quite good, I would never re-read this due to said simplicity. Cool concepts, but without the depth or elevation to make it a good book for an adult to re-read, or want to pursue the series of, as with those YA authors I continue to read even 20+ years later.

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Absolutely amazing

This story will give you endless thrills and play on your mind. You must read this book.

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Loved it

Everything about this experience was spectacular! The narrator was wonderful. I loved that I could feel the tension from his voice. Not once did I think he was boring or stiff. I loved the interlude music it was a nice touch. I'd already read the story so I knew I was going to enjoy it there was no problem on that end. As a reader of Rick Riordan I have to say the sass was much appreciated I think both Stephanie and Skulduggery could give Percy a run for his money!

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Skullduggery Pleasant

Adored this novel! The seamless integration of vocal talent, music, and sound effects made this hospital stay during Corona Virus, bearable. Hell, pleasant. 😉