Lost Boys

Version: Unabridged
Author: Orson Scott Card
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Genres: Horror, Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2004
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 1 minute
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From the bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a gripping story of terror within a small town.

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step’s new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevie’s school is worse, an unending parade of misery and disaster. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers’ concern turns to terror. There is something eerie about his loyal, invisible new playmates: each shares the name of a child who has recently vanished from the sleepy Southern town. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it’s suddenly clear that Stevie is next on the list.

Reviews (11)

Lost Boys

Written by DAS on November 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow. Didn't expect the ending. Several reviewers say the book is slow, that there is too much character building. Personally, I found Card's writing during the character building to be amazingly real. He knows how real people think and speak in their daily lives. While nothing really happens for the first 12 disks, I found it pleasant to listen to. I kept trying to figure out where the story was going, and how it was tied to the title of the book. Card doesn't give you many clues, until late in the book. But then, the 13th disk starts. It hits hard and fast. I just sat in my car, in my parking place at home, and listened. It will take a little while to get this story out of my mind. I recommend you stay with the story through the 12 disks, enjoy them, and then settle in somewhere where you can listen to the whole 13th disk without interruption.

Terrible and Slow

Written by Anonymous on July 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was not what I expected from Ms. Card. Needs to go back to Space Sci Fi....If you do want to hear this one...listen to the first two discs and the last one....the rest is not worth your time...

The best of the best

Written by Anonymous on November 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't know how some lost interest in this or thought it was about the Mormon religion. Reading is a way to experience new things and learn and I did learn a lot about what it means to be a Mormon-- but only because it was such a large part of the "family" in the book. They were religious, not the book. It wraps you up in the day to day life of a normal, loving family, their struggles and hardships, then wham! Out of left field comes this beautiful, heart bending plot twist that left me crying on my doorstep while painting my door. If any passerby's would have asked why I was emotional, I would have told them about my favorite new book.

Different, but worth the time

Written by Howeln from Alpine, CA on July 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I kept putting this down (figuratively) over a period of time. While the book is well written and well read, it has the feeling of a story that never really has a happy point. Kinda like the movie Perfect Storm. I especially liked the ending. The subject matter is not a cheery one, so I'm not sure there should be a lot of good things happening in the book. I gave it 4 stars, as Card writes a good story and the reader did an excellent job in reading, but this type of story is just not my cup of tea in general.

Lost boys

Written by Seattle on July 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

you'll like this book if you're not a biggot. If you think you are a biggot in any way, shape or form then just don't bother. This is a entertaining book, takes you into the mind of a mormon family just living their life in North Carolina with 2 boys and a girl. I guess this is a true story; someone said. but someone said someone said right. In the book, but not even a major part, kinda like in the background some 8yr old boys start disappearing. you hear about it but doesn't go into that story. But this family has an 8yr old boy. But believe me, you'll never ever ever ever guess the ending. It shocked me. i was sitting in my office on the 45floor of my office building in seattle and a co-worker saw me crying. I don't cry, i'm a tough man. lol. you'll like this book.

Lost Boys

Written by Gene Sheppard from Marietta, GA on September 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The only reason to listen to this story is to find out about the Mormon religion. If you are interested in this for any horror, you will be disappointed. Not a keeper.


Written by Daryl McNeal on June 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I rented this book expecting it to be the original story on which the 1987 movie "The Lost Boys" was based. Boy was I wrong! There are times when the book is slow and dull, but at the same time, the discs all seemd to end far too quickly. This is a story about a family and how they interact with the world around them. That world is definitely not the same one Beaver Cleaver lived in. By the end of the book, I felt that their family was my family. I felt their emotions and did not want to leave them. This is not a thriller. It is not an adventure. It is a good intense read (or listen) that will leave you wanting your next book to be fluff so that you can recover your emotional expenditure.

a personal look at Orson Scott Card

Written by Anonymous on March 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is an candid look into the lives of an adult LDS (Mormon) couple delivered in Card's matter-of-fact style. There are several possible suspects, so I'd call it a mystery, but I don't think I would go so far as to call it a thriller.

Lost Boys

Written by Anonymous on December 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book moves very slowly. So slowly that I lost interest in the characters.

love Orson Scott Card's writing!

Written by Cathryn Cary from Pullman, WA on April 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book moves a little slowly and the events are not quite as thrilling as a lot of our books and movies normally are today. Having said that, I love the way that this story is told. Card writes so realistically that you really care about his characters. The narrator is good too. I highly recommend this book, as with all of Card's books that I've read.

Author Details

Author Details

Card, Orson Scott

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author of numerous genres.

Card's launch in the publishing industry was with science fiction (Hot Sleep and Capitol) and later fantasy (Songmaster). He remains best known for the seminal Ender's Game, which has been among the most popular sci-fi novels ever since its publication in 1985. Both Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the first author to win both of sci-fi's top prizes in consecutive years.

He has since branched out into contemporary fiction, such as , Treasure Box and Enchantment. Other works demonstrating his versatility include the novelization of the James Cameron film The Abyss, the alternate histories The Tales of Alvin Maker and Pastwatch, and Robota, a collaboration with Star Wars artist Doug Chiang.

His writing is dominated by detailed characterization and moral issues. As Card says, "We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness�the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction."

Some of his novels, for example Stone Tables, about the life of the Biblical prophet Moses; his Women of Genesis trilogy; The Folk Of The Fringe stories; and Saints, about Latter-day Saint pioneers, have explicit religious themes. In his other writings, the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious; Card's Homecoming and Alvin Maker sagas are partly retellings of the Book of Mormon and the life of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

Card was born in Richland, Washington; raised in California, Arizona, and Utah; served an LDS mission in Brazil; graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah; and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife Kristine are the parents of five children: Geoffrey (a published author in his own right), Emily (who adapted his short story "A Sepulchre of Songs" to the stage in Posing as People), Charlie Ben, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa. The children are named for the authors Chaucer, Bront� and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott.

In addition to his novels and short stories, Card has had an active career as a nonfiction writer. During the 1980s he wrote many technical articles and columns, primarily for Compute!'s Gazette and Ahoy!, two magazines covering Commodore microcomputers. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Card began to write a weekly "War Watch" (later renamed "World Watch") column for the Greensboro Rhino Times which is archived on Card's website.