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Publisher's Summary

High in his attic bedroom, 12-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 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.
©2006 John Connolly (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.
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4 out of 5 stars
By alison on 01-06-13

For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of those books that appeal to a specific listener. If I know my friend has a fondness of fairytales and enjoys rather warped retellings, I'd suggest this book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was satisfying in its resolution, but it was perhaps a little too "tidy" for a book that was "out there."

What does Steven Crossely bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His agility with regional accents from the UK is admirable.

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

David's delicate state after his mother's death was heartbreaking and disturbing. John Connolly did a great job engendering pity for the boy's plight, particularly in the scene at the psychiatrist's office when David has a meltdown.

Any additional comments?

The Crooked Man stands out as a particularly menacing bad guy. Towards the end of the story, the author pushed a little too hard with an overabundance of gory details and sickening anecdotes about the character's misdeeds. My finger hovered over the fast-forward button because the gratuitous detail became irritating. We already got it: he's a really bad dude.

The Book of Lost Things portrays the healing power of stories and books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Barber on 02-01-17

Unnecessarily Brutal

I love dark twists on beloved fairytales. I love hearing retellings and different POVs of stories I grew up on. This was almost too much. This book started off hauntingly beautiful and kept going deeper into the realms of slightly (if not more so) disturbing. The author seemed to take pleasure in describing how deplorable the antagonist was through descriptions of acts (even though we knew he was bad from the beginning). This book was fascinating in concept and the writing was amazing but the story... did not live up to it's potential.

When starting The Book of Lost Things, I was so entranced by the writing style of John Connolly that I was eager to finish it just to start another. Unfortunately the second half of the book has killed that fervour entirely. I am not sure if I'll ever attempt another of his books but I guess we will see.

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