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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Sebold Narrator: Alice Sebold Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781600240690
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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 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 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 Rubi5 | 2/6/2014

    " Disturbind, interesting, love, sad "

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

    " The book is even better than the movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deon Mangan | 1/22/2014

    " A great book. Afterlife. But also ugliness in human sin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/17/2014

    " Pretty creepy for my 8th grade self to read. Very good book, teaches you life skills and how a young girl should think ahead and be guarded in modern society "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris Nicole | 1/11/2014

    " I just can't make myself finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mayra | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the ending, it kept me thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Roark | 12/31/2013

    " Disturbing...but well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Laughton | 12/20/2013

    " Wow some haters out there, I loved it and I loved the film. Perhaps I didn't care about a plot or the grammar or the descriptions and just went with it, just let myself go in it. Lovely bones, lovely story, I hope my heaven is like that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 12/17/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 12/14/2013

    " I loved how it was written. and although it was sad it had an inspiring message of love triumphing over all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 12/10/2013

    " Some people won't pick this book up because it deals with a girl who is murdered. That's their loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina Cavarretta | 12/5/2013

    " Good read, hard to put down. Emotional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/17/2013

    " Great book - unnerving but well written and intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dougj | 8/15/2013

    " I have a tough time reading book where horrible things happen to children, so I couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Fitzpatrick | 7/6/2013

    " Hmmmm.... I didn't love this book or hate it. I think the perspective that it was written from was a neat idea. However, the book is so depressing most of the time. I think my opinion on this one is indifferent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/10/2013

    " One of the best mysteries I ever read it was more than a mystery it was heart wrenching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suresh Nair | 1/24/2013

    " Quite good writing for a first novel. I did enjoy it (audiobook) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chandra | 1/4/2013

    " Why? Why do I have two copies of this? Why did I read this even though I *knew* I wouldn't like it? Why? Why? Why? This was my first book of 2013. I guess I wanted something different. I got it and remembered why I don't like books like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 11/25/2012

    " Great book. Not the case with the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geme393 | 10/1/2012

    " Read the first chapter and promptly returned the book. DID NOT LIKE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paris | 9/14/2012

    " Loved the book. Movie sucked though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elle Sweetpea | 8/26/2012

    " It was good up until the strange supernatural body possession part "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 6/20/2012

    " OK. It was actually really bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Arvizu | 5/12/2012

    " This book was good, but it made me cry! I couldn't stand some of the dark scenes. I felt like yelling "Run!" while I was reading it, but of course, that didn't help any. It was so much better than the movie. But that is the case with most movies based on books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 2/25/2012

    " I didn't hate the book as it seems a lot of others did. I found it to be a pretty decent read, with no major faults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 2/24/2012

    " I thought it was very well done and well-written all until the ending when it all became this muddled mess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 6/30/2011

    " Would have gotten four stars had it not been for the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms.Feldmann | 6/30/2011

    " Intriguing point of view, very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/30/2011

    " The book was much better than the movie. Such a sad story. I read this in my early 20's before having kids. I think now that I am a mom I couldn't read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 6/29/2011

    " This is a great book, ruined by a far to whimsical movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oceansofie | 6/29/2011

    " This is one of those books that I assumed I wouldn't like --sexual abuse and murder being sort of difficult to be enthusiastic about but, oddly and beautifully, this is somehow more about hope and is funny as well as painful "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kalin | 6/28/2011

    " I could not finish this book. Almost everyone I've talked to who had read the book loved it. Maybe I will go back someday and try again but for now my too read list is way too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 6/28/2011

    " I wish I had never read this book. It creeps in and settles like darkness. Disturbing, and yet I couldn't put it down. It is well written with many graphic details that I couldn't seem to get out of my mind. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with children. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ang Han | 6/26/2011

    " I didn't think it was possible for a book to be even worse than a movie.
    I was wrong.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cortni | 6/26/2011

    " Great book, next going to read Lucky. I saw the movie before reading the book and found them very different, of course I like the book better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/26/2011

    " yuk. hated it. I'm left with some disturbing images of a little girl being raped and killed and though the middle of the book did get a little better the ending was stupid. What a waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne | 6/26/2011

    " Well written. A good read if a little challenging for those who aren't that comfortable with the concept of death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/24/2011

    " Some parts were a bit precious, but the overall story was good. Sad and good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/24/2011

    " I liked the beginning but the ending was a little bland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 6/24/2011

    " This book was really good.I couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, and Lucky, a memoir. She won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2002 and the ABA Book of the Year Award in 2003, both for The Lovely Bones. The book was also made into a movie starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Saoirse Ronan. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, the University of Houston, and the University of California, Irvine. Sebold lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.