The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Audiobook CD - 2007
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The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.
Publisher: North Kingstown, R.I. : BBC Audiobooks America ; [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2007], ℗2007
ISBN: 9781607881339
1607881330
Branch Call Number: FICTION Seb
Description: 9 sound : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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gpush19
Jul 26, 2018

I really did not enjoy this book. I used the preloaded audio version and the reader (the author) was flat and emotionless which made the book very hard to be interested in. I also did not enjoy the length of the book. There were many opportunities for the book to end with a decent wrap up of everything going on in the story. It seemed that the author just liked seeing her own words on paper and did not take into account that the ending could have been well before it was. Over all not a terrible book but definitely not a book i would re-read and probably wouldn't even recommend to others.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 15, 2018

This book was a bit tough to get through. Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by a man who has a taste for young girls. She follows her family's lives after her death from heaven. There were a lot of heavy topics in this book, as you can probably guess from this short overview. However, I do feel it was respectfully written and done in a beautiful way as Susie watched her family grow and change over the years.

I noticed as I filtered through my "read" list that the stories that really connect with me (that I remember the most details about) are those that are so sad and realistic. Those that are about death, dying, and injustice behind such. This is another movie I haven't watched. Maybe I will...

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lizzybeth99
Dec 28, 2017

I thought this was difficult to get into and really enjoy reading the first couple chapters. I'm so glad I kept going. What a great book!

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Eil_1
Dec 03, 2017

A gripping and fascinating story of Susie Salmon. An amazing feat for the author to enable her readers to suspend their own sense of reality - and, from Susie's Heaven, to follow the lives of those she left behind. The characters are intensely defined, and it is difficult not to feel connected with them. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

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Rozywang
Aug 15, 2017

I read most of this in public and it was a big mistake. I kept having to hold in my tears several times. The Lovely Bones will reach into your chest and rip out your heart.

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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

This made me cry so many times, but it was definitely a worthwhile read. I love the description of lives moved on from trauma, such as losing a child, sister, and friend. It is such a beautiful read.

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BigBooks000
Mar 28, 2016

I heard people talking about the movie, but I hadn't seen it. I decided to read the book first. It wasn't what I expected at all. I truly enjoyed this book of "What If?" What if you could return from the spirit world? What would you do, or who would you visit? This book inspired me to use my imagination and reflect on what I might do. This story was from the view point of the departed Suzie. I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to know what would happen to Suzie Salmon. Some things in the story really upset me, but then again... people are human. I recommend this book to all my friends!

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vuhnehsuh
Oct 23, 2015

I thought the overall idea of this book was really interesting. But when I was midway through, I began to get bored. I felt a few of the chapters could have been omitted. All in all, it takes some time to get into this book, but once this book grabs you, it's a page turner.

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blue_cobra_671
Aug 20, 2015

Really good book. I would recommend it to most of my friends.

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KShaheed321
Aug 20, 2015

A young girl gets murdered by a quite unnoticable neighborhood man. she guides her father and sister to find out the truth through the presence of her soul

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Susie "like the fish" Salmon. She's been dead since December 6, 1973. She was fourteen years old when she was raped and murdered by her neighbor. Here's how it happened. It's a cold snowy afternoon. After school, Susie takes a shortcut through the cornfield to her suburban Pennsylvania home. Mr. Harvey (who she recognizes but doesn't know) is in the cornfield. He's built an underground shelter, with a door that's covered with earth. He piques Susie's curiosity and lures her into the hole. She quickly learns this is a mistake, and he rapes and then kills her. Right now she's in heaven, which she soon learns is her personal heaven – everybody gets one when they die.

teal_tiger_lilly Aug 03, 2012

a 14 year old girl is killed when she is going to a 36 year old mans house just to see his den ... she is killed and cut with a razor... the family is speechless and tries to find a way to move forward in their life

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

On December 6, 1973, in a suburb of Philadelphia, 14-year-old Susie Salmon takes her usual shortcut home from her school through a cornfield. George Harvey, a 36-year-old single man who lives alone and builds doll houses for a living, persuades her to have a look at an underground den he has recently dug in the field. Once she has entered it, he rapes and murders her with a shaving razor and dismembers her body, putting her remains in a safe that he dumps in a sinkhole. Susie's spirit flees toward her personal heaven.
The Salmon family at first refuses to accept the fact that Susie is dead, until Susie's elbow is found by the neighbor's dog. The police talk to Harvey, finding him strange but seeing no reason to suspect him. Susie's father Jack, on extended leave from work, begins to suspect Harvey, a sentiment his surviving daughter Lindsey comes to share

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical praise and became an instant bestseller.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

An unusual coming-of-age story in which Susie, the 14-year-old narrator, watches from heaven over her family, her murderer and the police detective working on her case.

Fourteen-year-old Susie looks down from heaven and describes the horrifying events of her murder, while her family struggle to cope with the pain of her death.

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hazele1
Aug 09, 2016

"A father's suspicion is as powerful as a mother's intuition"

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KShaheed321
Aug 20, 2015

"shes in the inbetween..."

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

Our only kiss was like an accident- a beautiful gasoline rainbow

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

“Had my brother really seen me somehow, or he was he merely a little boy telling beautiful lies?” (p. 95)

“How to commit the perfect murder was an old game in heaven. I always chose the icicle: the weapon melts away.” (p. 125)

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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