• by Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by Kirby Heybourne
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Byron Leavitt

Paid by the word, are we?

The extreme verbosity got tiresome to the point of tedious about 1/3 of the way in. It was clever at first, but to hear such lengthy and overly-poetic descriptions of purposefully disgusting details when the reader just wants to hear the story move forward, that was too much.

It felt like the authors (and I respect del Toro immensely for his cinematic works) were trying too hard to be literary, trying too hard to be impressive. And just like when someone tries too hard to be funny, it seldom works out well.

As much as I enjoyed the Netflix animated series (which is almost NOTHING like this book,) I actually had to stop this book and leave it as it rounded the halfway point and showed no signs of getting better.

(Skipping ahead to hear little bits and pieces of the writing style in later chapters, the tone sounded exactly the same as the first. This kind of writing leaves the work as a whole, flat, monochrome, motionless.)

I'm afraid I couldn't recommend this book to anyone except those who simply enjoy reading pages upon pages of oh-so-clever descriptions of offal, character components, and detritus.
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- Amadhi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books