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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Gratz Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739359563
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Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. Bad. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted Copenhagen River that’s stinking up Denmark: Hamilton’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large.

Why? Because nobody believes Rex Prince was murdered. Nobody except Horatio and Hamilton. Now they need to find the killer before someone else dies, but it won’t be easy. It seems like everyone’s a suspect. But who has committed murder most foul? If high school junior Horatio Wilkes can just get past the smell, he might get to the bottom of all this.

A cool and clever twist on the tale of Hamlet, where one-liners crackle and mystery abounds. Think you already know the story? Think again.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/24/2014

    " I just got this book and I am only on page 13. So I cant really give it a review yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/20/2014

    " A very clever setting of Hamlet in the modern day. (Ophelia = Olivia, etc.) A bit predictable if you know the Shakespeare story. Good choice for an english lit class, i liked the characters and the voices. well done. looking forward to "something wicked" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corey Lilly | 1/18/2014

    " probably one of the most NON interesting books I've ever read and not my typical catigorie either. The book was not catching the authors suspense level is very low again not a reconmendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/8/2014

    " I thought this was a great book. It was a really funny and interesting mystery about a boy who is casual and cool and his upper class, angry friend. He helps his friend avenge the murder of his Dad who owned a paper company which is being exposed by his friend's cute ex-girlfriend because of pollution. Has a sort of Catcher in the Rye meets mystery feel. A fun book with good closure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/7/2014

    " Incredibly entertaining although most of the jokes do require a thorough knowledge of the source material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 12/30/2013

    " it was a good book i enjoyed it had alot of conflict and sepence and i thouth at sompont thing was going to go bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 12/24/2013

    " Excellent YA take on Hamlet. Great for those who can't quite grasp Shakespeare's rendition. Met the author 2 years ago, wonderful man, great writer, take a shot and read his work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tj-14adegarmore | 12/9/2013

    " I put two stars because i was alright reading it at the beinging of the book but i forget what its all about and I didn't finish the book or take any notes but from what I do remember it was a good book.. Just alot of drama in it. But I like books like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afton Nelson | 12/8/2013

    " Hamlet fans as well as kids who are forced to read Hamlet against their will should love this modern day adaptation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 12/2/2013

    " A teen mystery inspired by Hamlet. Well-written, kinda goofy, but overall, a good mystery for teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/24/2013

    " Fun remake of Hamlet. Great dialog and one-liners. A really good audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachie | 11/20/2013

    " Funny,human,really enjoyable. His light twists on shakesphere are intriguing. i enjoyed being in horatio's mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chandler | 8/28/2013

    " i dislike to read and i did not enjoy this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn Preast | 7/1/2013

    " I thought this book was a pretty good book. It had a twist to it but it was confusing at times. I dont really like reading books in less there really interseting to me. And this book was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/4/2013

    " A modern take of Hamlet. Not much mystery when you know the plot. Might help someone how is trying to read the real Hamlet. language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 4/30/2013

    " Really good book you should read it if you liked hamlet or the plot of hamlet it is pretty awsome "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brie | 4/4/2013

    " This is a really good mystery - right when you tihnk you figured everything out, Alan Gratz messes up your mind and makes it even more interesting to predict the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Mclelland | 1/8/2013

    " it is a great book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zach Ball | 10/7/2012

    " I think that something rotten is an ok book because i didn't get interested in it. I would not reccommend this book to anyone because the book is not interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily H | 7/31/2012

    " This book was really good. I really liked how the author put kind of a modern twist on Shakespeare's Hamlet. I would really recommend that everybody read this because it's really funny at times but your also on the edge of your seat sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/30/2011

    " Loved it! Gratz is smart, funny and, in places, self deprecating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah | 3/23/2011

    " there were some thinks that you didnt think that would happen and at the end it all blows your mind cause it did minded "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 2/17/2011

    " Really good book you should read it if you liked hamlet or the plot of hamlet it is pretty awsome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/12/2011

    " Sarcastic, smart-ass narrator who becomes an amateur sleuth and solves the whodunit. Lots of chuckles and giggles and some adventure, a delightful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/5/2010

    " I liked how this book was a modern twist on Hamlet by Shakespeare. Specifically I liked how all the character's names were closely similar to the actual names. For example Hamlet was Hamilton, Ophelia was Olivia, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shalen | 9/27/2010

    " I loved this book... I am not sure what you can learn from this book... I think it was an awesome idea that Alan Gratz based this book from the tradgey: Hamlet... The characters were real fun to watch grow and read how they react to a situation... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/22/2010

    " Fun if you are a Shakespeare fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalida | 6/25/2010

    " Loved this book. Horatio Wilkes, our teen crime detective, has such a personality. Very creative, original, retelling of Hamlet with much more agency for the characters. So fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 5/10/2010

    " Incredibly entertaining although most of the jokes do require a thorough knowledge of the source material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/11/2010

    " An interesting concept if you're familiar with Hamlet. Possibly an interesting option for students who are familiar with Shakespeare, but it was a bit heavy-handed for me. "

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About the Author

Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist‘s Top Ten Sports Books.

About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.