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Holes

Narrated by: Kerry Beyer
Series: Holes Series, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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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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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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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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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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  • 07-10-18

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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amazing

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

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Could be so much better

Interesting idea but badly written. There's no real character or story development and everything is very abrupt rather than drawing you in. The narrator uses horrible racially stereotyped accents but only once the race of each character is introduced in the story. Having heard him narrate other titles he should be banned from attempting any accent other than his own.

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Highly recommended

This is a brilliant story, which really comes to life in this audio reading. Good for adults to listen to, as well as older children.

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A Gem of a Novel

Intriguing from the outset, great story and beautifully read. Kept me much entertained during lockdown chores!

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very gripping great listen

it's not often I love a book so much that I even listen during the day. Not a long book but you quickly get to know the characters.
I can see why a lot of schools study this text, there is so much more to explore with the implied text and the untold narrative of the characters history

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Great story!

I never read this as a child and I've only seen parts of the movie, so I was pretty fresh coming into it.
I loved it. the story is engaging and the narration is very well done.
Fantastic listen, did it all in 1 day!

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  • 27-04-18

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.