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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (996 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Haig Narrator: Andrew Dennis Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781598873542
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Philip's uncle moves fast: he's got his hands in the family business as well as on Philip's mother. Plus he killed Philip's dad. That's what the ghost of the boy's father tells the 11-year-old at the funeral <#150> and it's his job to kill his uncle. Sus Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 2/18/2014

    " I would give this book a 3.5. It's well written and an engaging story line. It seems kind of M. Night though - in a 6th Sense kind of way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Giuliana | 2/15/2014

    " The premise of the novel is inspired by Hamlet: a kid is visited by the ghost of his recently deceased father, who reveals he was actually murdered by his brother. The novel is written in first person, from the point of view of an 11-year-old with a striking propensity for similes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/11/2014

    " This is a wonderful, quick read. It is written by the 11 year old boy who sees and talks to his father's ghost. As written on the book cover,it is an updated Hamlet story. The author is spot on as an 11 year old writing about the experiences he is going thru. Is he really interacting with his Dad's ghost or is he imagining the encounters because he can't deal with his feelings any other way. Either way, you can't help but feel that this kid needs someone in his life to just give him a hug and really listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianne | 2/10/2014

    " This was an interesting story. It was cute. It was kind of predictable though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 2/9/2014

    " My friend who runs ChicksDigBooks.com told me that this book was awesome and also had ghosts in it like my novel. And it did! And the thing about the ghosts here is that they are tricky. Right now the ghost in my novel is very earnest....but what if the ghost was tricky? That would be interesting.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nouf | 2/6/2014

    " I loved the whole book except the ending, it just left me hanging there! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/23/2014

    " OK, I can see what he was trying to do. But simply omitting punctuation and adding some bizarre CAPITALISATION does not a stream-of-consciousness masterpiece make. I could forgive it if it was aimed at children but I'm assuming, due to the language, it's not (unless the C-word is now part of the curriculum?). A decent enough story (well, it is lifted straight from Shakespeare) but there was just something disingenuous about the style that prevented me from becoming wholly engaged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting read, but HATED the ending! Total Hamlet ripoff but without the resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 1/19/2014

    " Again, cover caught my eye. This was sort of a sad story. I do not want to ruin it at all, but the boys father dies, and his ghost cant go to hell or heaven untill his murderer is caught. so he uses his son to get the person that killed him. the kid just couldnt let him go at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 1/3/2014

    " modern day Hamlet story told from the point of view of an 11 year old English boy in a fast first person. engaging, quick read with some surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/1/2013

    " What the hell kind of ending is that? But, I kinda liked it. The Hamlet references were interesting but not too annoying, and the style was a la Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It took a little while to get used to, but then sounded definitely 11-year-old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Veach | 11/24/2013

    " Picked this up in London. A good take on Hamlet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/24/2013

    " Really tried to love this. Very clever modern day Hamlet. But just never connected with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 10/6/2013

    " The lack of punctuation really bothered me through the whole book. Other than that, it was an interesting story. The ending was a bit abrupt and didn't tie up loose ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chi | 9/25/2013

    " i loved this book matt haige never lets me down with his witty chapters & lovable charecters. he has a great way of being able to see the world from a childs eyes & express them in this fantastic book about loss love revenge fear friendship & family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony B | 9/24/2013

    " My first Matt Haig book, I really liked his pop culture references that the boy drew while going through everything. This was an extremely quick and fun read, I loved the dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/3/2013

    " Charming in ways. A unexpected ending, but considering this is a take of from Hamlet, but in a young person's gook, a good turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Jose | 4/23/2013

    " I really liked this book. It is written in the voice of an eleven year old boy. This works well for me because that also happens to be my reading level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy W'f | 3/16/2013

    " A modern take on Hamlet. If you can, get the audio book. The boy who reads it is an absolute delight. Although the similarities to Hamlet are pretty strained in a number of places, it's still a very book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 10/15/2012

    " A strange and quirky book. Reminded me a lot of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl Hesler | 6/5/2012

    " Very funny. Often in a guilty-pleasure way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 5/20/2012

    " The story was good until the end which made the book "just okay". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce | 2/4/2012

    " From an adaptation standpoint, this book is remarkable. Taking the plot of Hamlet and changing the setting to the modern day really lets you view Shakespeare's work in a different light. I enjoyed this book and found it fascinating. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 9/22/2011

    " Jordan Crane should design ALL book covers. Just look at how HIDEOUS the non-Jordan Crane cover is for this book. What was Penguin thinking? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody Unverrich | 7/21/2011

    " Just finished this book. I actually really recommend it. Easy afternoon read, a modern versionn of Hamlet told from the perspective of an 11 year old English boy. It was odd in an endearing way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 5/16/2011

    " An entertaining read with an interesting narrative viewpoint and style. The gimmick of the 11-year-old's voice/writing style gets a little distracting at times, but overall it is effective and makes for a much different experience of the story than a traditional narration would have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 3/27/2011

    " An entertaining read with an interesting narrative viewpoint and style. The gimmick of the 11-year-old's voice/writing style gets a little distracting at times, but overall it is effective and makes for a much different experience of the story than a traditional narration would have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 3/19/2011

    " Started this, and it was okay but not as good as The Radleys and I ended up stopping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2011

    " Charming in ways. A unexpected ending, but considering this is a take of from Hamlet, but in a young person's gook, a good turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khristina | 1/25/2011

    " I liked this book very much. Having lost a parent when I was young I could identify with many of Phillip's feelings.
    When/if this ever gets made into a movie I'd like that kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the role of Phillip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 12/29/2010

    " Again, cover caught my eye. This was sort of a sad story. I do not want to ruin it at all, but the boys father dies, and his ghost cant go to hell or heaven untill his murderer is caught. so he uses his son to get the person that killed him. the kid just couldnt let him go at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 monica | 11/18/2010

    " ... due stelle e mezzo perchè la trama mi è piaciuta abbastanza, ma lo stile di scrittura infantile e la punteggiatura ridotta al minimo non mi hanno entusiasmata.
    Un libro che non mi ha fatto una grande impressione tutto sommato. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 10/26/2010

    " The story was good until the end which made the book "just okay". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alternate | 8/11/2010

    " not terrible, I just stopped half way through when I stopped running. books on cd don't hold much delight for me outside a run. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smoore2 | 7/8/2010

    " Good writing, weird ending. "

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About the Author
Author Matt Haig

Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. His children’s books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

About the Narrator

Andrew Dennis, in addition to cowriting the New York Times bestseller 1634: The Galileo Affair, had a story in Baen’s The Ring of Fire and has had many nonfiction pieces published on the subjects of law and the paranormal. By way of a day job, Dennis a lawyer and lives in Preston, England, with his wife and children.