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Publisher's Summary

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that makes for a thrilling listening experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Ransom Riggs (P)2011 Random House

Critic Reviews

“It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.” (Publishers Weekly)
"A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole.... Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age." (Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011)

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Good story, awful narrator

I will buy this book in paperback form as I honestly had to stop listening on Audible due to the terrible accents of the narrator.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Ariel
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 07-25-11

It might be better to actually read this.

I really enjoyed the story and characters, and Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job as the main character. Unfortunately his accents and voices for other characters were pretty terrible. Until the very end, when I was so absorbed by the story I didn't care, I dreaded every time Emma or Miss Peregrine needed to speak.

102 of 110 people found this review helpful

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Great book. bad reader

the book was great but the narrator sucked. I barely made it through the book.

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Fun and entertaining

Great story!! Make sure you look at the pdf pictures that are included with the book.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • Morganville, NJ United States
  • 05-14-14

Did he just say MODMON???? (madman)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't change much about the story. It's wonderfully engaging and full of great fantasy mixed with reality and lots of suspense.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

The twist was good!

Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Bernstein’s performances?

No. This book is set in Wales. While most of the people are Welsh, there are also Irish, English, and Scottish characters. Every single character that Mr. Bernstein portrayed that wasn't American sounded like some horrible Dick Van Dyke version of cockney or like Jason Statham after a stroke. The children's voices reminded me of the Artful Dodger if he was developmentally disabled. It was painful and it took a lot to try to ignore it.

Do you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has one. That part annoyed me. It was blatently obvious at the end of this book that I was going to have to listen to the next one. I am currently doing so and thankfully the narrator is different.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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narration problem

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure. Its a fantastical story with a realistic base. Just my thing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

The scene of the main character groping around in the dark in a strange, ancient, and beat up house full of ghosts, and experiencing a sense of being in between worlds, simultaneously with the pain of being a family member affected by the holocaust.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Bernstein?

Frank Muller, any day of the week. Anyone but Bernstein really.

Could you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This narrator does not only make anyone with an accent sound like an idiot or a ghoul, but his reading also completely lacks proper timing and emphasis. Its like he doesn't know how human beings speak. If I had less of an imagination, he would have completely ruined the book for me. As far as the supposed cursing is concerned, its not an issue, unless you are a small child or very oversensitive. Cursing level is pretty every-day.

81 of 91 people found this review helpful

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Great story but horrific narrator...

Story was great but narrated by a guy who has no clue how to do a British accent and as I'm a Brit it was very difficult to listen to someone mangle the accent so badly. I wish the story had picked up faster in the beginning but it was difficult to stop once Jacob got to the island.

55 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Greenville, SC, United States
  • 10-24-11

I recommend reading this one - not listening.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The writer seemed to want to add new twists and information where none was needed. The different time periods and plots were interesting by themselves but didn't fit well together and that created a very unbelievable group of characters and plot. Most of the characters were only developed on the surface and you quickly lost interest in what each was doing and contributing. I think that if the writer had expanded on pretty much everything it would have been successful but then it would have neared 500 pages. Next time, less is more.

How could the performance have been better?

Te reader didn't seem able to perform the many accents needed for the storyline. Most of the characters had labored dialogue and in all honesty it made me ready for the book to end so the dragging and awkward accents would end.

45 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Just Missed the Mark

What did you like best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you like least?

Enjoyed the secret world and surrounding characters were interesting and different; not your typical werewolf & vampire faire.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Tale well woven but sudden ending left characters & storyline not as neatly tied up as it could have been. The scary parts were a little ridiculous, but the details of the house and the story of Emma & the grandfather & main character were well done. The parents were unbelievable and too non-existent. I would have given them more depth or killed them off earlier.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

British accents were bloody awful and geriatric. Couldn't enjoy connection between characters b/c I was wondering why Eliza Doolittle and her Father's cockney accents were blaring through my headphones.

Any additional comments?

Worth my time to listen. Good concept, but not carried to fruition. Not a fave, but enjoyed.

100 of 118 people found this review helpful

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  • Erin
  • PA, United States
  • 03-21-12

Interesting Story

What did you like best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you like least?

The story was very interesting and fairly well written. A bit slow at the start, but it does pick up after a short while. I greatly enjoyed listening to it...that is until it came time for Jesse Bernstein to speak with an accent. I could barely stand listening to it. The overall performance was not bad, but be prepared to cringe every time a character with an accent speaks!

Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Bernstein’s performances?

I may be willing to Bernstein another chance, as long as I knew that no accents would be involved in the book.

Could you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think this book does have potential to be a wonderful movie!

Any additional comments?

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It kept my attention throughout, and always looked forward to listening to more. If it weren't for the terrible accents (which really distracted from the story), I would've rated this book a bit higher. Definitely worth the listen though!

33 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Ali
  • 10-10-11

Terrible accents - don't waste your money

What could have been an entertaining enough story (even if I was shouting at the stupid, illogical lead character decisions at times), was absolutely ruined by the narrator's unbelievably terrible attempts at Welsh / English accents. I cannot fathom why you would get an American to narrate a book, at least 50% of which includes dialogue by non-American characters, who has no aptitude for foreign accents and has clearly never even bothered to listen to a Welsh accent, never mind English accents. His appalling (and frankly insulting) attempts at accents completely distracted me from the story so much that I just couldn't get into it. And to top it off, as he was clearly having so much trouble doing the accents, all the characters spoke so slowly that they all seemed to have learning difficulties. His one attempt at an Irish accent (speaking as an Irish native myself) was equally pathetic. Do not waste your money on this terrible audiobook!!!

76 of 76 people found this review helpful

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  • Essie Fox
  • 03-03-15

TERRIBLE ACCENTS

Would you try another book written by Ransom Riggs or narrated by Jesse Bernstein?

I think I need to read the book - not listen to this version on Audible. The American character's narration is fine - until he comes to Wales when the other voices are a drawling, idiotic Mockney. It's so irritating. I can't listen to any more, even though the story is intriguing. What a shame. Very disappointed.

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • frederica severinsen
  • 07-10-16

Jesse Bernstein is an idiot

Someone please send Jesse Bernstein to Wales immediately. His narration is embarrassing. Couldn't enjoy the story.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Harrison
  • 10-28-14

COR BLIMEY G'VNOR!

Would you try another book written by Ransom Riggs or narrated by Jesse Bernstein?

I would try another book by Ransom Riggs; indeed I'd quite like to finish this one, but Mr Bernstein's Welsh/British/Dick Van Dyke/Goodness, Gracious Me accent made me want to shove a sharpened screwdriver into my ear canal, so I have had to abandon it as my grimacing was scaring fellow tube passengers. <br/><br/>I guess that answers the second question?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't get that far. None of the pseudo Welsh characters, suffice to say.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

Didn't get that far.

Any additional comments?

For the love of God, if you have Welsh characters in a book, why not employ WELSH actors as voice artists? Ever heard of Rhod Gilbert? Ioan Gruffudd? Rob Brydon? Goldie fricking Lookin Chain? <br/><br/>My cat could do a better job than Jesse Bernstein and HE'S got a harelip. Just AWFUL.

51 of 52 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholi Rain
  • 03-11-16

A great tale with some terrible accents.

Loved the story a mix equal parts fun, intrigue, the creeps and down right heart in your mouth scares. Shame however that Mr Bernstien has the worst set of UK accents I have ever heard. It's like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins and Don Cheadle in Ocean 11 raised a family of many many many people with equally terrible accents. Everyone sounded like they had a bad cockney accent despite many supposedly being from Wales. When he really went to town the locals sounded more Scottish. The best way I found to get through it was reason that the book is told by Jacob the main character, he was American and so possibly if he was telling me the story in person he may have been bad at accents. As an Englishman I would have stopped him however 5 words in to his first attempt and told him to stop it. If you can get past it then great. I'll probably just buy the next two on my kindle.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • NB
  • 07-14-14

Terrible accent meant I couldn't finish the book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was enjoying the story and interested in it until they got to Wales. Unfortunately I had to stop listening to it shortly after that because I couldn't get past the accent. How on earth someone thought it would go unnoticed that the narrator is doing a worse cockney accent than Dick Van Dyke, for people who are supposed to be WELSH, is beyond me!!<br/>It was great up to that point. I would have had no problem with the narrator had it stayed in America. He was doing fine up till the change of country.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ransom Riggs? Why or why not?

Yes, if the accents were better.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Bernstein?

Anyone who can do an American accent and a Welsh accent.

Did Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children inspire you to do anything?

It's the first book I've stopped listening to.

Any additional comments?

If it was brought out again with an improved version, I'd buy it again because I was enjoying the story.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-11

Interesting book ruined by narrator

What would have been a quite engrossing listen with a new twist on the alternate reality/gifted children YA genre is ruined by the narrator's appalling attempts at british accents. It is really destroying the book for me as I can't concentrate on the story when I'm busy wincing.

At the beginning of the book it is also stated that a .pdf with the photographs mentioned in the book comes with the download. It would have been great if Audible could make that available to those who have purchased the book.

If, unlike me, you are able to overlook the narrator's shortcomings then this should be an enjoyable listen. For the rest, I would suggest getting the paper edition as the book itself really is pretty good and probably quite engrossing.

41 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Mitchell
  • 04-28-16

Why would you release this audiobook?!

Seriously?! The reader can't do any accents other than his own! It's massively distracting and hugely detrimental to the enjoyment of the story. All the characters other than Jacob sound the same, and they sound like deranged and brain damaged cockneys!
How difficult would it have been to audition for a voice actor who can actually do other voices like on all the other thousands of audiobooks?

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Evan S. Cent
  • 08-06-11

OK story; poor narrator; PDF of photos is missinig

The story was fairly enjoyable. It was unusual, but I did find myself getting a bit bored in places. Mostly, though, I found it quite engaging. For fuller reviews of the story, see Amazon website.

However, the audiobook was narrated by an American man whose Welsh and English accents were so terrible it was actually pretty funny. Except that it spoilt the book because you just couldn't take it seriously or get into the story. It made it feel farcical all the time. It's a shame. I'm not some fussy pedantic Brit. I can put up with a lot. But this was beyond terrible. It sounded like Dick Van Dyke's accent had been put in a blender with various other strange accents that resembled nothing I've ever heard. There are some excellent voice actors that can do lots of different accents, and you can forgive a lot. I would have preferred just to have a bland English accent instead of this terrible attempt at Welsh or whatever it was he was trying to achieve. The story was strong enough for this not to put me off listening altogether. It's a pity about the awful accents, because the narrator read the prose nicely and at a good pace: slow enough and with feeling, not too slow or too fast.

The other thing is that and announcement at the beginning of the Audiobook states that it comes with a PDF file of the photos in the book. Well, the CD version may do, but the audiodownload doesn't. Although the photos aren't essential to your understanding of the story, but it would have been very nice to see them. They are part of the book and are what the author created the story from, so you miss something by not being able to look at them.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS
  • 05-30-16

Remember Dick Van Dyke's accent in Mary Poppins?

This is WORSE. OMG the "British" accents are so poor I couldn't concentrate on the story. How did anyone audition this guy? What did the sound recordist say? SO BAD it would be funny if it hadn't cost me money.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • louise
  • 10-29-16

Great story, performance made me wince

Dreadful voice actor. The accents were inconsistent and unbelievably bad. So distracting and such a shame. Can we re-record???

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • timothy law
  • 10-13-16

Voices no good.

Brilliant story. Awful accents. Would have preferred just reading the story. Bizarre choice of accents

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Dunne
  • 10-13-16

Dick Van Dyke Narrates!

Story is wonderful...twisted, dark, intrigue etc, but the narrator is AWFUL. Did he bother even listening to a Welsh accent before starting? Or perhaps, being raised on Mary Poppins, he thought all British Isles peoples sound like Dick Van Dykes woeful version of cockney? Awright cobbler! Ugh! Leave this version alone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simone
  • 09-11-16

book might be better than audible version

For me the accents were quite bad. It's more of a kids book on audible but I'll try the written one and see if it's better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • 07-29-16

Enjoyable Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a good flowing story. And the characters were fun to read about

Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I think that his voice is similar to that of Matthew Broderick.... luckily, I like Matthew Broderick haha

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Spoilers :D

Any additional comments?

I read this in preparation for the movie that comes out in September. Unfortunately, it's going to be like every other book to movie.... book is always better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mandy
  • 05-22-16

Oh dear ... so close!!!!!!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story in itself is great. It is quite obvious why this book has been made into a movie. However - Ransom Riggs - how on earth (for one so young) could you think for one moment think that modern teenagers use phrases like 'parenthetical scars' ... the story is great but you need to talk to some kids and take lots of notes!!!! I have never in my 45 years heard ANY kid use such overblown language.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes!!!!! The narrator. Jesse Bernstein ... sounds young and inexperienced. Consequently his portrayal of the various characters leaves a lot to be desired. His enunciation is a crime against ones ears and his accents are fantastically horrible. However, it would seem that Mr Bernstein has been around the block once or twice so it is not wrong to have higher expectations. An investment in an awesome elocution teacher would be wise. <br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • C Jubb
  • 04-27-16

XMen of the 1800's

Someone said to me that this story seems like it's based on those "mutant" kids from XMen, but way back in time. Once this idea entered my head it was hard to shake, however I pressed on. But...

The narration is irritating. He has to slow down to do accents, and this makes most characters sound like they're simple, and in a lot of places gets them mixed up.

The voice he uses for Miss Peregrine, ugh. Most of time with males doing female voices in narratives, they tell the story so well that your mind gives life to the characters voice. The manly tones melt away into your imagination, and you don't notice them after a while. This character unfortunately sounds a little like Mrs Doubtfire after a brandy too many.

Despite the overly descriptive writing style, I was not able to picture the story in my mind as I usually can.

I so wanted to like this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss D Goodman
  • 09-15-16

Great story, badly told.

The story was great but the narrator was awful, the accents were just so bad it was funny. I would suggest you wait for a different narrator or read the book, if possible.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Cassandra
  • 06-12-17

good book

good book
I like the person you did for the voice, he told the story very well. the story was amazing. love it

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  • DebManning
  • 04-26-17

What a great story

Yes for older children , teens and adults alike.
If you like HP then you will really emjoy this.
The only thing I didn't like was the narration. He should have got a Brit to do it.