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Summary

Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake), he is not surprised.

Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five feet wide by five feet deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie, and Stanley must dig up the truth.

Wonderfully inventive, compelling and hilarious, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece.

©2002 Louis Sachar (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

" Holes is one of those instant classics that adults, as well as children over eight, will thoroughly enjoy. Sachar has created something quite different from JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, but no less enchanting." ( Independent on Sunday)
"If you want a witty, moving listen that grabs you and never lets up, look no further than Holes." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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sooo good!

I read this with my English class and then watch the movie, then listened to the audio book! READ SMALL STEPS PLEASE!?

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Must Read

I couldn't stop listening to this book. it's amazing. The story is so effortlessly good, it's like the author is showing off. I will definitely listen again and so should you.

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love it

I felt like I evoled along with stanly throughout the story. I could picture ever minuye of them digging the holes. and every facial expression on the each characters face. and Kerry Beyer was a brilliant narrator gor this book. I really enjoyed it thank you audible

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great book for Children and adults.

fabulous book for kids and adults. we decided to get this after our English teacher suggested it. so brilliant! tears at the end.

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Holes is great, people are just mean

A very enjoyable, heartwarming and funny story that really does blow your mind on some occasions, the characters are well realised and prove to be compelling. I enjoyed the non-linear narrative and the interwoven plot lines which really prompted some thought provoking questions, the narrator's voice was also pleasant to listen to. My only problems are the loose ends at the end of the audiobook but I suppose that was intentional and how everything seems a bit too convenient to be realistic.

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A fun and thoughtful book. Though clearly a children's book, at no point did I feel it was patronising or childish. The narrator did an amazing job and added to the experience.

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- An interesting and enjoyable story that was encapsulated well.
- There was good character development and growth.
- The switches back to the past were well done and I enjoyed learning the tidbits that then later tied into the story.
- The narrative did an amazing job. I especially enjoyed the way they gave each character their own tone of voice so you knew who was speaking even without being told.

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- Some of the characters lacked depth beyond their immediate purpose to the story. The antagonists were only really that, not people with thought and backgrounds of their own.

Overall I had a really fun time listening to Holes and it was a nice palate cleanser after some heavier books.

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Holes

I really enjoyed this book 😁
I have to write five more words for this

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amazing

great and funny I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was great I love it

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THE BEST BOOK EVER


this is the best book ever and I love the last part were the onions came in.

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Great plot, brilliant story.

This book hit me out of the blue. I need to watch the film now.

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Fabulous Feel-Good Literature

One of the best stories I've come across in a long time. Sachar makes you fall in love with his beautiful narrative which will stay with you for a long time. "Holes" is the epitome of what youth literature should be -- something to be loved by children of all ages. Like everything on Audible, the reading is superb. Often too little is made of this, but the outstanding quality of the productions and the skill of the actors doing the reading really stand to Audible's credit.