More than 2 million copies sold by Picador, more than 8 million around the world - now a film by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures)
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . .The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places.
"A stunning achievement." (The New Yorker)
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." (Los Angeles Times)
©2002 Alice Sebold; (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC
"Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing." (The Times)
'This is a wonderful book, served well by a beautiful narration. It has pathos, drama and subtlety. It comes with a warning, however, it might not be a good idea to listen to it while driving as that becomes a dangerous exercise when tears are streaming down your cheeks.' (Material Witness.com)
'It's an astonishingly real and poignant portrayal of a broken family, and Alyssa Bresnahan's narration is remarkable for its sensitivity.' (The Observer.)
'Aside from its compulsive plot, exhaustive exploration of grief and avowed rejection of the false resolution offered by most murder mysteries, Sebold's novel is a great read because the voice of its teenage narrator is so completely convincing. And in American Alyssa Bresnahan's soft, slightly wry reading, you get the full intimacy of that voice. The murder, too, becomes more shockingly invasive in this format.' (Time Out)
The Lovely Bones Audio book was also reviewed on (Open Book Radio 4.) It was described as having 'a lot of attitude...a wonderful concept...chilling... and simply fabulous.'
'Impressive for its careful telling.' (Sunday Times Culture)
I loved this book! Convincingly and sensitively read, the story haunted me for three days. I had to ration my listening - the temptation to complete the story in one session was very strong indeed. Never having \"read\" the book previously, I found the storyline startlingly emotive: charged with a childlike intensity yet delivered with a calm detachment which I found at once inspiring and unnerving. This is a story which requires very little suspension of one's disbelief. Though I found some of the final sections a little \"romantic\", I cannot, in all honesty, rate this super book at fewer than 5 stars.
I first heard of this book when the recent film-version was discussed on the BBC's Front Row arts programme. The view was that the book was better and having now listened to the audio version I can see why: it's a book full of thoughts and feelings that would be difficult to depict visually. I find it hard to believe that a film could do justice to the complexity of the narrative and get over all the nuances of the writing. It's a well-written book that suits being narrated and the narrator of this version is excellent. My first impression, that this is a book aimed at teenage girls, was wrong: it has something to say to all ages as it encompasses first love, long-lasting love, marriage, loss of a loved one, the desire for revenge and the complex dynamic of family life when tragedy strikes. As it deals with rape and murder the story is harrowing at times but it is also a deeply moving and thought-provoking book that will remain in my mind for sometime.
I found it a bit boring after a while. Some Reviews say that is the reader but I just think the author didn't make enough from the idea. But it describes the Things that Might Happen to a family After One Child is killed. It Could have been a very moving Book, but I couldn't get warm with the Persons, because on the One Hand the Girl describes that she has emotions but the Text doesn't bring them to me, means It is written without feelings, Might be that is what the author wanted but it made it liveless to me. Or the Reader is the One killing the emotions? I am Not sure.....
There were moments when i ached with sadness and regret but then islands of hope appeared and life moved on as it must.
Maybe not a truely gripping read but it held me all the way to the end 'i hope you have a long and happy life'
This audio book brought tears to my eyes. I listened to it soon after my Grandpa died and like to think of him looking down like Suzie Salmon.
Its very sad and tells the story of a young girl who is killed, and has to come to terms with being dead while watching her family trying to move on with out her there.
It is writen very well and the narrator reads it beautifuly.
A sober, gentle look at the death of a girl and the aftermath. Moving, sweet and sad and written with love. Perhaps, at times a little slow, but this gently swaying novel is a pleasant listen.
The book so very different to what I expected. I expected it to be sad and full of sorrow, as it told the murder of a young girl. I was mistaken.It was truly wonderful how the author told the 'dead' years of a pre pubescant girl, who was robbed of her fruitful years of love for her family, and first boyfriend. But the joy it lead onto, to conclude and wholly complete the story. I wept, talked back, and laughed throughout the story. What a joy, thank you Alice Sebold.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time...and i've listened to hundreds. A haunting yet beautiful story superbly narrated...
I'm a couple of hours left to go and savouring every second.
If you're reading this don't even hesitate to download.
My name is Julie and I'm a middle aged woman who enjoys good writing, and good narration.
I may have enjoyed this more if it had been the murder/how do you expose the murderer mystery I was expecting, but it is actually about the effect a murder of a child has on the parents and siblings and on what happens after death. In that it is interesting if rambeling, I kept waiting for the murderer to get his come uppance, I don't want to spoil it for any one by revealing plot details so lets just say this is for those interested in the after life and phycology not criminology (I apologise for spelling but my strong point). Not for me this one.beta inappVoteInfo
Resisted this book for a long time, didn't want to read about a child being murdered. That said, I was surprisingly relieved that the story really does not focus on the actual event as much as it does about a family's struggle to survive and heal in the aftermath and the girl, though deceased, is very much present in a spiritual way.
What a drag of a book!
I regreted buying it pretty soon but I decided to give it a go anyway... I can't say that I recommend it... to put it that way.
"Way too long"
the story was enjoyable for the first three quarters of the book, but the last third just went on and on and on. 15 minutes describing the wet washing on the line or the organization of a vegetable patch. could have been 2 hours shorter.
Good start but then trailed off. Such a shame. The reader was good but she could not save the story from its disappointing conclusion.
The narrator was absolutely brilliant, I will be looking for other books that she narrates, her intonations, the ability to clearly define the character voices made this an effortless, highly enjoyable listen. The fastest I have listened to a book yet!!
"a roller coaster ride ....."
When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven and tells us about her short life story on earth. How life was for her before being abruptly murdered. She looks down to us from this peaceful place called “Heaven” and carries readers through a journey that will end her life on earth. Susie Salmon was raped and murdered by her neighborhood, Mr. Harvey who is a sexual predator /killer serial.
The event is viewed and told from a dead girl’s perspective, which makes this book unique and unusual.
The crime description is not unbearable. Susie bears a smart outlook on what has happened to her on earth. Readers are carried through the event at the same as Susie as she does the following days, months and years. Besides, Susie tells the story with a great sense of humor so we are not crying as we are experiencing how though is for her family to deal with her death.
This story is not just about the grief of those left behind, but also about Susie’s coming to terms with her loss of life. Navigating through this book has been a roller-coaster ride. I truly recommend it for those of you who are looking for a funny, gloomy and great book to read.
The Lovely Bones is a nice, painful story. The last few chapters just dragged on. I don't think heaven was done justice in the description. I found it a bit too much having heaven depicted as a boring place and the souls of the dead feel bored there! Besides, what was the reason for the final chapters if it didn't lead to anything related to the murder?
"Could not put down"
A refreshing look at a crime novel.Ienjoyed every second of it. Excellent value for money
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