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.
©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.
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.
"Unique, poignant and imaginative"
I enjoyed this book greatly, with one minor exception. The writing is emotive and poetically descriptive and the story is a touching portrayal of how a family may suffer the consequences of the loss of a loved one to a particularly brutal murder, narrated through the eyes of the victim.
The only place I felt it let itself down a bit was during an incident towards the closing chapters, involving a seconday character, Ruth. Without wanting to give anything away, I felt the introduction of the Incident allowerd for so much more with respect to closure and hapiness for the long-suffering family. Instead the author slumps to a bit of a selfish cliche with only a failed after-thought to helping the family.
The book closes nicely and I understand why it has been so well received and adapted for Hollywood. My gripe is a minor one in the context of an excellent, well-narrated book.
One of those books I am keen to finish but will not abandon as I have invested time in them. Perhaps this is the predictable perspective of a man who mostly listens to thrillers, and not the target demographic
loved the book and movie have read and seen both several times, very enjoyable i would recommend both to everyone old and young
Interesting reading, a bit distressing at times and with some beautiful moments. Not my favourite audibook but worth reading.
"The Lovely Bones"
A beautiful story, well told and narrated. I enjoyed the film, but the book is even better.
"All we have is time"
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'
"Really sad and moving"
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.
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