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Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Derek Landy , Rupert Degas
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20 Aug 2007

Get ready for the biggest NEW publishing phenomena of 2007!

“So you won't keep anything from me again?"
He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."
"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.
"I know."
"And technically, you've already died."
"I know that too."
"Just so we're clear."

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.

Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture… Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (20 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007254453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007254453
  • ASIN: 0007254458
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."

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Audiobooks are the new black. This is the truth. For those of us too busy being busy to read, audiobooks are a lifesaver. That's not to say they're all great because they're not, but when you get a great one, those earbuds aren't coming out until the fat lady starts singing.

An audiobook has to work pretty damn hard - firstly, the story has to carry itself more than in print because it's incredibly easy to switch off and secondly, the narrator needs to be hand picked by very smart people in order for it to work - thankfully, Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the better audios picked up in the last month or two.

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books that's sort of aimed at the younger crowd but is so well written, lovers of a great story will get a kick out of it whatever age they are. That's the crux of the detail but Rupert Degas has brought this book to life with no small amount of panache attached. A voice for every character pitched perfectly and a laconic pacing, makes it an absolute pleasure to be in the company of.

If you hadn't figured it out already, Skulduggery Pleasant is a skeleton. He's also a detective. A detective skeleton if you like - and that much alone should tell you whether you'll like this or not. He embarks on his first adventure here and with his new sidekick, Stephanie, we are introduced to some cracking friendly characters and a good manner of original foes as we bear witness a thorough bonding of the two that will hopefully set the scene for plenty more books in the series. There is very little on the market at the moment that compares with this as an audio product - classy is an understatement.

If you're looking for a fun listen that delivers on all fronts, this is as good as it gets in the audiobook world. Review from Burn Digital Magazine

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Exciting. A Real Page Turner 24 April 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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My eight year old daughter chose this as the book she wanted to take on holiday with us for bed time reading. Her teacher is reading it to her class at school and she wanted to know what happened while she was away. I have to say I was dubious to start with, but was as hooked as she was after a couple of chapters.

It's a very well written, incredibly fast paced roller coaster of a book with action on almost every page. You really want to get through it as fast as possible because you just have to know what happens next.

It concerns a twelve year old girl, Stephanie Edgely, who is left a fortune by her crime writing uncle in his will. At the will reading she meets Skulduggery Pleasant, who turns out to be a detective who is also a skeleton with supernatural powers. Stephanie is drawn inexorably into Skulduggery's dangerous world and comes face to face with a truly evil villain, Nefarious Serpine, whose mission is of course to end the world as we know it. Skulduggery and Stephanie team up to try and stop him.

Despite the focus being on action the plot is tight and the characters are well drawn. It clearly isn't just a gratuitious slug fest, and there are some highly comical moments amongst what are some very dark moments.

I would say that I think this may be slightly too dark for the average eight year old, and I'm glad I read it with my daughter. I'd be happier recommending it to tens and ups. Having said that she can't wait to read the sequel, and it's almost a dead cert she'll get it for her upcoming birthday, because neither can I!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and unusual 16 Jun 2010
Skulduggery Pleasant is the debut novel by Derek Landy, and on this evidence I believe he should have many successful books ahead of him. He tells the tale of a wise-cracking skeleton detective, who befriends a young girl called Stephenie Edgley when her uncle is murdered. They are from then drawn into a world of magic and mystery and uncover a plot by the leading dark wizard to bring back old Gods and murder all those without magic.

The plot moves at breakneck speed, with sparkling dialogue between Skulduggery and Stephenie. It is easy to follow and twists many cliches in the pursuit of entertainment. The skeletal detective at the heart of the novel is by far the best part of it all - never less than interesting, witty and good-humoured. I would greatly enjoy reading more adventures involving him.

Stephenie is resourceful, brave and cool-headed - a fine role model for girls who pick up this book. In fact, the strength of these two characters cause the others to fall into their shadow and the secondary characters are never truly fleshed out to the point where you would care about them.

I also have complaints about the bad guy who, despite my earlier words, is terribly cliched. He is paper-thin in terms of characterisation, never really gives reason for his motives, and is used more for comedy effect than tense moments.

It is easy to see that Landy has a background in martial arts because his fight scenes are effective and efficiently-written, showing us clearly how they would play out.

Lastly, I would comment that the system of magic, while unoriginal, shows signs of being used to a greater extent in novels to follow.

Altogether this is a blast of a debut novel, setting the scene in an exciting manner for more tales of Skulduggery Pleasant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 20 Nov 2013
By Laura
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I was recommended this book my a friend of mine and she lent it to me to read, two days later I returned it too her and begged for the second in the series! When it's not action packed it's witty and genius, hard to put down and a real page turner. So now I find myself buying all the books for my own collection, I love them so much.

This may be for teenagers aged 11-15 but I stared reading the series at aged 17 and still found them brilliant and now at 20 I still have to have the newest book on preorder and read it in under a week. Derek Landy sure knows how to write well.

This book is perfect for boys, girls, of many ages, all that is needed is a love of adventure, mystery, and magic!

This comes well recommended from me and my friends!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Since childhood I've always enjoyed a good read that enlivens the imagination and makes me smile. I was after a new read, something along the dark and twisted road with a morbid sense of humour; who would have thought it would be found in a "childrens" book?

I read reviews on Amazon about this book and was pleasantly surprised by the number of "adults" who too like to venture into their deepest imagination, and who better to do it with than Skulduggery? It was the number of warm and encouraging reviews that pursueded me to buy this adventure.

I loved every word of it. The characters and plot are well developed and rounded with interesting and strangely believable backstories. Derek Landy has touched on the single most important point that leads to the spectacular success of this book, we all want to believe in magic and so we are compelled to agree with Stephanie in her pursuit of her uncle's mysterious death. She encounters trouble and problems in everyway imaginable, both in her old normal life and in her new mysterious, magical and dangerous one.

I for one can't wait until my newly pre-ordered copy of Skulduggery Pleasant: 2 drops through my letterbox! Bravo!
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