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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kraus Narrator: Kirby Heyborn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen year old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A strongly written tale of adolescence, grave robbing, and the mysteries of death, Rotters is uncompromising, dark, and true.”

    Guillermo Del Toro

  • “This is an unforgettable book. An unforgettable character. And an adventure that leads to unforgettable horror. I loved it.”

    R. L. Stine

  • “A cerebral romp through a fascinating, revolting underworld.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A tour-de-force combination of reader and writer.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2012 ALA Odyssey Award
  • A 2011 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Young Adult Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 1/8/2014

    " I picked this one up with some reservations. Grave-robbing? I wasn't sure my mind wanted to go there, but once I began reading I was completely hooked. After the death of his mother, Joey Crouch is uprooted from his Chicago home and sent to live with a father he's never met in rural Iowa. Little does he know that his dad's occupation of choice will have a profound effect on his own future. Joey's transformation from a straight-A student into a shovel-wielding apprentice to his father's line of work is both gruesome and weirdly, achingly, oddly... poignant. If you had the stomach for Rick Yancey's The Monstrumologist and its sequels, dig into Rotters and you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 11/24/2013

    " Couldn't finish this. Super intense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca Ann | 11/19/2013

    " I loved this book. I couldn't read it fast enough, due to its leisurely pacing. The atmosphere is dark, gritty, foreboding... everything you want in a horror novel, though I'm not sure that's what this is. The detail is outrageous in a good way, if you like to be disturbed. If you don't...you really should not read this. The characters were all magnificently flawed but sympathetic. I did find the teacher who publicly humiliates the MC a bit over the top. I think it's pretty hard to get away with those things in school nowadays. Boggs was crazy, horrible and pitiable. The ending was ambiguous, which I loved. There was hope, but also lingering doubt. Pretty much perfection. Watch out Stephen King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 10/30/2013

    " Not for the faint of heart! Very descriptive. I really liked it as well as several of my middle school students. "

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