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....


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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Customer Reviews

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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


This would have made a great ten hour book. Instead it was somewhere around 16. The book is not divided into chapters, but into days. It starts with about four main characters. On each day we switch from character to character. The switching is often abrupt and usually takes you a minute to realize that characters have changed. This takes some real listening. Do not think you can do any other activity while listening or you will be lost. It was weird and it was different and for the first 15 days I thought it was a great book. It is a very slow moving book. The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention. About the 16th day we add another character and less time is spend with the initial characters that you have grown use to. The story gets even slower. After 16 days I started losing interest in the characters. I lost so much interest that after another 8 days in the book I gave up. There was still over seven hours left in the book, and I knew they were just going to be back ground noise. This was a debut novel and it really needed an editor. Great start, bad follow thru.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

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