The Lovely Bones (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction]
by Alice Sebold
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Now read by the author, this edition also includes an interview with Alice Sebold and the first chapter of her new book, The Almost Moon.When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public-service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed things like that didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief: her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor, and they begin the difficult process of healing. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
An amazing work of modern fiction
I really enjoyed reading The Lovely Bones. The unique perspective of the novel and the way Sebold pushes the story with the intricate web of characters going through harsh and violent changes in their lives is just brilliant. I recently did an essay comparing this to The Catcher in the Rye, and there are many similarities but this definitley takes the cake. It's very emotional and also very compelling to the reader to keep reading, and it's just all around a dark but beautiful story.
Very sickly disturbing
I couldn't finish this book. Infact, I had to turn it off after the first 2 hours. As a mother, it was disturbing and gut wrenching to listen to this girl describe her death and family's reaction. It hit too close to home to imagine loosing a child. I turned it off when she described the killer's discusting thoughts after the murder. I felt like I might be sick. I chose to listen to this book because a lot of reviewers said that it was sad, but very uplifting. I don't recommend this one if you have children.
Not lovely but certainly an amazing novel.
When hearing the term lovely I usually think of delightful objects (Ex. Flowers). To call "The Lovely Bones" delightful would be completely wrong. Yes, the book is amazing, and I loved reading it. But the tragic events in the novel are heart wrenching and certainly depressing. From the initial crime committed in the book that begins the Salmon family’s downfall, I was emotional- my emotions only heightening as “The Lovely Bones” progressed. Although the book may seem unbearable at times, it’s worth finishing. Along with horrifying and suspenseful moments, the novel has its beautiful ones as well. Just read it, Alice Sebold is quite the amazing author, and you may be surprised where this novel takes you.