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The Book of Lost Things

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Written By: John Connolly

Narrated By: Steven Crossley

Date: May 2008

Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-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 Wicked 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.

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  • Saint Hedwig

    I love what this book has to say about children and their broken spirits, how they bring their brokenness with them into adulthood, and how they find forgiveness and peace. It also has a great deal to say about the adults and other monsters - and all their lies, manipulations, deceits, and other falsehoods which cause it all. On the outset, what an incredible adventure. Behind it all, a softly spoken read directed at the heart of every broken child - no matter his or her age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda B.

    I enjoyed the story. felt like a mix between "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" and " The Neverending Story". The narrator was very good and made a good story great. I loved the ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Marika

    I didn’t want this story to end.

  • Linda N.

    A great story of a coming to age child, and how perception is reality. Creative and unique, I enjoy this book.

  • Dana K.

    Dark and delightful. A wonderful coming of age story in a dark fantasy landscape.

  • Brandon H.

    Very entertaining. Solid narration, nothing hokey or forced. The story is quite entertaining as the fairy tales unfold in their own unique way. Definitely worth a listen

  • Michelle P.

    This was an amazing piece of literature! Eloquently written, superbly narrated! One of the most draw you in and keep you guessing books I've read in a long time. No one should be disappointed in listening to this book!

  • Rosemary F.

    I liked it. I liked the rewriting of the fairy tales and the growth of the character but it would have benefited from some tightening.

  • Heather B.

    The story was okay... it didn't overly engage me and I didn't really care about the protagonist until the very end.

  • Brendan P.

    Deceptively not a children’s story

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