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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (854,897 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Sebold Narrator: Alice Sebol Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder, a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that is calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive, and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Careful and courageous, original and profound, The Lovely Bones spins the most painful subject imaginable into pure gold.”

    Karen Joy Fowler

  • “Such is the author’s skill that from the first page the premise seems utterly believable.”

    New Yorker

  • “Sebold has taken a grim, media-exploited subject and fashioned from it a story that is both tragic and full of light and grace.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Teens will immediately be drawn into this account of a girl who…tells her story from ‘heaven.’”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Recipient of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Recipient of the 2005 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A 2003 Book Sense Book of the Year
  • The 2003 American Bookseller Association Book of the Year for Adult Fiction
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2002
  • A 2002 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Marie | 2/20/2014

    " The ending could have been better.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly | 2/13/2014

    " Definitely a disturbing read, but like "Room," it's handled with sensitivity and insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rubi5 | 2/6/2014

    " Disturbind, interesting, love, sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marieke | 1/31/2014

    " The book is even better than the movie "

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