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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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Wonderful story and narration

Instantly captivates your attention. A great read for both adults and young adults. Sometimes Guillermo del Toro books leave a person feeling unsettled or upset, thankfully Trollhunters isn't one of them. :-)

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Semi-original cool concept, Poor Pacing

Upfront the only reason I read this book is my three kids under 12 loved the Netflix series. They saw the book and wanted to read it, but I wanted to read it first, and I'm glad I did on a number of levels. (My kids won't be reading this any time soon)

First off it looks like DreamWorks is continuing its strategy of buying the rights to poorly written YA novels (read HTTYD) and then almost totally reworking them into much better franchises. Don't read this book just because you liked the Netflix series, it's almost completely different.

The Good: The book had a cool concept. The conflicts of the protagonists and their supporting characters seemed engaging at first. Kirby Heyborne gives a fairly solid audio book performance and his accents are spot on.

The Bad: Oh where to begin? For parents, this book language-wise is a solid PG-13, lots of non F-Bomb profanity and crude humor. I realize it's probably less than most kids hear at school everyday, but I don't want to endorse it by recommending my kids read it. It's also pretty implicitly dark, although all the really dark stuff is more implied before the book takes place and nothing super bad happens to characters that are introduced on-page.

**Spoilers** More Bad: The pacing was awful! For example: Jim Jr's first two unsuccessful attempts at Trollhunting are covered in lurid detail, and the subsequent successful ones instead of being a payoff for the reader are skimmed over and summarized. Also Jack's meeting his brother is just sprung with no lead-up or emotional reaction in what should have been a very meaningful moment, but ends up being way under-developed. (The delayed reaction later is horribly placed)

And speaking of underdeveloped, the villain was a slobbering one-dimensional unintelligible eating machine. If I had one complaint about the narrator is that his performance of the raspy Gunmar was so guttural and slobbery I couldn't understand a word of it.

Most conflicts are either drug out way too long, or resolved in a few short paragraphs. The twists are painfully predictable, I guessed the twists involving the Jumbotron, the lawnmower, Claire, and Steve long before they happened.

I honestly think that a better author could take this concept and make it into a MUCH better book. John Flanagan, Brandon Mull, and Brandon Sanderson write infinitely better YA novels (without the Jr High locker room language) and I'm confident could have done a much better job on this book. Heck, I think I could have done a better job on this book, and I haven't said that since Twighlight.

I don't feel bad for the authors. They came up with a reasonably cool concept, and now they're being paid by DreamWorks for usage of the positive aspects of their book. (Plus especially Mr. del Torro is probably not counting on this book to put food on the table). And there's all the suckers like me who bought the book because of the series on Netflix...

So don't waste your time. Enjoy the DreamWorks series. Read Ranger's Apprentice, Candy Shop Wars, or The Rithmatist, but stay away from this book.

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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.