The Lovely Bones

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alice Sebold
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: August 2002
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 45 minutes
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Overview

Sebold takes an impossible idea and pulls it off. In the first chapter, 14-year-old Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder by a neighbor. The rest of the novel, spanning nearly 20 years, is narrated by Susie, from heaven. The Lovely Bones is a dazzling, original, magnificent first novel -- in the rich tradition of Alice Hoffman and Alice McDermott -- that builds out of a family's grief the most hopeful and joyful of stories. 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 in which she finds herself. 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 begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant new novelist, and through the eyes of her winning young heroine, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful, touching, even funny novel about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

Reviews (24)

The Lovely Bones

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on July 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What an interesting and dark story. Even though I am an avid reader, I don't think I've ever read a story like this one. This book has a rather gloomy story line, but somehow, its not depressing. I really liked the narrator's voice because she helped to make the sordid details of the story not seem too shocking.

Shook

Written by Shaken in a good way from Lyons, IL on November 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book really effected me. It made me think and wonder what heaven will really be like. I think I may also start talking to my relatives that have already passed on. Even though I felt at times that the book was droning on I couldn't stop listening and I kept wanting more. I loved listening to the reader. I thought she did an excellent job. I must confess that I was a little disappointed at the end. I don't want to give anything away so I'll say that I felt there were loose ends that I wish were tied up.

sad

Written by Anonymous on May 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I'm sure that it is a good book, just very sad. I couldn't take it and quit before it was finished.

The Lovely Bones

Written by Pauline on July 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As other reviewers have said, this is an interesting book. A theme which has been written about many times, but certainly a new perspective. I had problems when the author had Suzie describing Heaven ... a kind of Disney World in the sky ... she lost her credibility at those points. Rather sad to listen to at times also ... so, why did I continue? Somehow I just had to, the book hypnotised me. Just as I was ready to quit after yet another utopia "Heaven description" there was a twist in the story that kept me glued. Interesting book ...

a good read

Written by Sunkissedgirl on July 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A very interesting read with a unique point of view. A little sad and hard to swallow at first, but glad I read it because I enjoyed the journey it took me on. Slight inconsistencies in the voices/inflection from the narrator became a little distracting for me at times, and it seemed a little lengthy towards the last 1/3 of the book, but overall it was a good read.

The lovely bones

Written by Anonymous from Salem, OR on February 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very well written and unusual perspective. I will read more of this author's work.

Enjoyable read

Written by Sharon on December 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a very enjoyable book to read. I can't say there is a lot of fast-paced action in the book, but it is very thought-provoking and very unique in the way it's written from the girl's point of view. I would definitely recommend it.

lovely bones

Written by Anonymous on December 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a very good audio. I enjoyed it very much

The Lovely Bones

Written by Chey_ARIEA from Chula Vista, CA on October 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. I read a long time ago and forgot how good it was. If you liked this book I would recommend that you read Lucky by Alice Sebold and loved it as well. I cannot wait till the move for The Lovely Bones come out next year.

The Lovely Bones

Written by Anonymous from Houston, TX on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was mesmerized. This reader was absooutely outstanding and held my interest to the very last line of the book. I don't think it could have been done better. Highly recommend.

Author Details

Author Details

Sebold, Alice

As Alice Sebold relates in her chilling memoir Lucky, she was considered fortunate for surviving a violent, devastating rape in her freshman year at Syracuse University. The woman before her had not been so "lucky": She was murdered and dismembered.

The shadow of this fact survives in Sebold's acclaimed bestseller The Lovely Bones, which is narrated by another not-so-lucky victim from beyond the grave. It's such a maudlin premise that the book shouldn't have been successful -- in fact, Sebold's editor has told the author that the manuscript never would have been bought if she had been told what it was about before reading it.

But in her ability to convey the brutal details of crime and its aftermath -- both the imagined instance and the real -- Sebold proved herself a gripping writer. In a style that is straightforward but more than reportorial, she projected in The Lovely Bones the pitch-perfect voice of a dead 14-year-old girl who, from her vantage point in heaven, remains engaged with life on earth. The book was a sensation and appeared on most "best books" lists for 2002.

Five years later, Sebold produced The Almost Moon, the chilling tale of a woman driven by circumstances to commit an unspeakable act. The novel begins with one of the most arresting first lines in recent memory: "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily."