Let Me In

  • by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day.
While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door - a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night....

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What the Critics Say

"Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city." (Booklist)

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Hard to put down

After seeing the Swedish version of the movie, which I liked, but which was somewhat slow paced and a little disjointed, and after reading a couple of the reviews, I was worried about purchasing this book, but I'm glad I did. It's more a story about relationships than it is about vampires, and the book cleared up some questions I had about what was going on in the movie.

The book is about children and does include child molestation, but that's not the central theme of the book; nor did the author dwell on it, as a couple of the reviews seemed to insinuate. Such things happen, and avoiding mention of them isn't going to make them go away.

I like this book; the narrator is good, too.
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Not for everyone

This is a very dark book, indeed. And it describes a very bleak, modern world...today's
world, in fact, even though the locale is suburban Sweden. One has to wade through
emotional sewers in places to reach the end...which is not all that pretty, either.
But if one has the stomach for it, it is a very good novel. I don't like vampire tales for
the most part, especially the multitudes of soft core porn trash that's currently in vogue using that theme. But this book is outside that box. It places important moral
issues and considerations in front of the reader without losing a beat in the story.
The characters, some just plain awful people, all demonstrate individual breadths of humanity...some mostly evil, others more good than bad, but the author never sticks
in a paper cut out. The plot flows and one doesn't have to struggle to follow it even
though,, to me, it lead to places I've never been to before. I gave the story only 4 stars.
Maybe it deserved 5...but it was just too dark for me to do that.
The narrator, Steven Pacey, is, as far as I'm concerned, the best reader I have ever
heard...no exceptions. He brings out the very best in whatever book he narrates,
Read by someone else, I doubt that I would have enjoyed this book so much.
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- neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio