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    Description

    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.

    ©2007 Derek Landy (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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    "The balance between humour and danger is well handled in Derek Landy's fun, fast-paced fantasy." ( The Guardian)

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    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Sumit G.
    • 25/08/2007

    Dark Magic & a talking skeleton

    The novel is a good novel, albeit it starts off a bit slowly and predictively. But once it gets off, it is quite interesting, with Skullduggery Pleasant providing a lot of smart remarks and replies. It almost feels like you are reading a movie script rather than a novel with the amount of action involved.
    On the good side, it has quite a few twists and turns, and the writer has used a lot of formulae (but not often used ones). The only criticism is that, it uses about the "true name" and "taken name" concept which has been mentioned in quite a few novels, whether it is Eragon series or Barthemeus the djinn's serries.

    Apart from that, its a good read if you like Buffy the Vampire slayer type stuff (with a bit more humour and wit).

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    • edel
    • 08/07/2012

    Skullduggery Pleasant

    Would you consider the audio edition of Skulduggery Pleasant to be better than the print version?

    Yes I do. Having all the characters played out with individual voices make the story come alive .

    What did you like best about this story?

    My favourite part was all the witty one liners, they were very funny and I did laugh listening to them. The arguments between Skullduggery and Stephanie were also hilarious.

    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    He was excellent. His voice was perfect for Skullduggery.. It had the right amount of sarcasm and experience.. It was easy to imagine him as the older wiser person in their friendship. His voice could be very creepy at times which set the scene on more then one occasion. At other times his voice was very droll. Perfect for who he was playing. I was not sure at the beginning if I would like a man reading the parts of Stephanie but it really worked!, he was great at it.After a while I forgot that it was a man reading female voices.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh. The banter between the two main characters was played out very well and I would easily buy more books in the series just from listening to this book.

    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful series for the young or the young at heart who like adventure and bad guys that get what is coming to them.

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    • Sam
    • 06/06/2007

    Funny & Entertaining

    I had a few odd looks from my family as I burst out laughing while listening to this book.
    Rupert Degas has a brilliant voice that brought all the characters uniquely to life.
    Thoroughly enjoyable!

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    • Benbarian
    • 04/03/2013

    Not my cup o tea, didn't think it baby young adult

    This is certainly entertaining, and the narration is great. But I'd rather read a Pratchett. All the bits of this individually make for entertainment, it's just that all together they don't stand out as anything vaguely new or novel. Everything has been done before, better. Didn't finish it.

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    • Deborah
    • 25/06/2012

    Gripping and fascinating audio book

    What did you love best about Skulduggery Pleasant?

    The characters, storyline and narration kept me listening and entertained!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant complications and resolutions kept me engaged and fascinated.

    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    Rupert's ability to adopt and adapt the various characters' voices was sensational and gripping. What a terrific narrator. Really made the story for me.!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting of Skulduggery and the key character at the outset will remain a powerful one for me.

    Any additional comments?

    Best ever audio book I've listened to thus far.

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    • Ric
    • 26/03/2011

    Brilliant

    So I am a bit of a fan of teenage fiction but the genre can be a bit of a risk. I had looked at this series of books in the stores for a long time and have been tempted but not purchased one. Then I listened to a preview of this on Audible.com ~~ well I was "sold" instantly. Rupert Degas has done one of the best narration jobs I have ever heard. The way he has bought the characters to life is nothing short of amazing. Rupert will always be the voice of Skulduggery for me now and I am glad of that.

    The story is fast paced and captivating. The action at times is non-stop and it is hard to "put it down" or in the case of an audiobook "turn it off". There is a couple of common fantasy themes as mentioned in the review above (notably the use of names to give power to people) but this is by no means detracting in my opinion but rather adds to the validity of a magic realm by having cross-over with other authors. The characters in the novel are the heart of the work and Derek Landy has demonstrated he is a master at character development.

    I look forward to listening to the whole series.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02/11/2019

    get the physical version

    so while theis storry is truly one of my childhood favourites and still holds up even though im an adult the preformance is horendous, the naration is acceptable however the voices he makes mostly just sound strange. however the biggest afront is pumping it full of bad halloween music between each chapter whose only function is to drag the reader out of the text and any veresimilitude (suspension of disbelief), and for this afront to basic storrytelling i can't recomend the audiobook for any reason. the story is great but get the actual book, this is not a good pressentation of it.

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    • Torsten Will
    • 12/10/2019

    Magic, performance unbelievable

    The story is good. There are points I would have liked a different approach but when I feared that stuff becomes predictable there were some surprises coming. All in all the story is good and with the introduction to the magical world „out of the way“ I look forward to the next book. But truly unbelievable is the performance if the narrator. I look for titles where I can distinguish the characters while speaking. And it is done here perfectly. So many characters, so many voices. I’ve heard this quality only from Jonatan Sleeps of Saturn Five Sounds but they use a lot of digital. Michael Page comes close to this, but this is even better. Perfectly done. Five stars with a plus.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 29/06/2019

    not just for kids!

    thought this was terrific. didn't realise it was for kids when I downloaded it but there was plenty to enjoy and laughs galore. will definitely get the next in the series.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 10/04/2019

    Positively epic!

    Degas is nothing short ofa master narrator, and he easily manages to bring Landy's characters to life. From the rolling boulder to the seductive femme fatale, Degas does all voices with exquisite authenticity. Don't settle for lesser narrators - Degas is simply the best there is.

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    • alfred1974
    • 16/05/2011

    Riesenspass mit Landy und Degas

    EInfach nur genial! Der erste Teil der Skulduggery "Saga" ist einer der besten und ist durch die irrwitzigen Dialoge der Charakteren ein Riesenspass.
    Absolut klasse: Rupert Degas!! Es macht einfach nur Freude ihm zuzuhören.

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    • nobodyowens
    • 15/04/2011

    5 Sterne für Derek Landy und Rupert Degas

    Die Geschichte um Skulduggery Pleasant und Stephanie ist großartig geschrieben und erzählt! Mit Witz, Charme und Zauberei kämpfen beide gegen das Böse und bekommen Unterstützung von weiteren Helden, von denen jeder seine eigene Persönlichkeit hat. Derek Landy hat tolle Figuren erschaffen und Rupert Degas macht sie lebendig! 5 Sterne!

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    • Sabine
    • 27/04/2020

    Schlechter Abklatsch von den Dresden Files

    auch in einer Fantasy Geschichte muss die Geschichte in sich stimmen und das tut die hier absolut nicht. die Charaktere sind oberflächlich und klischeehaft, sie machen keine Entwicklungen, sondern unmotivierte Sprünge, ihre Handlungen sind kaum nachvollziehbar, ihre Fähigkeiten unrealistisch und ein vernünftiger Spannungsbogen wird erzwungenen Überraschungsmomenten geopfert. was da auf Krampf in eine kurze Geschichte gepackt wird hätte man spannend auf mehrere Bände verteilen können. Wer die genialen Dresden Files von Jim Butcher kennt, hält es kaum aus dieser Geschichte zu folgen . mir gelang es nur weil der Sprecher, bekannt durch "the name of the Wind", einfach genial ist.

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    • JimmyO
    • 20/03/2019

    Amazingly funny...

    and well versed and cunning and, well just good. Also the action is particularly cinematic.

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    • Katrin Melcher
    • 04/07/2018

    From book one to the end: Amazing

    The first time I read this book was when I was 14 years old. Since then the book and the series became one of my favorites if not my favorite (and that includes the Harry Potter series). It is funny witty and I love the depiction of good and evil and how it changes from book to book. The development of the characters is very real, especially the change in Steph as she grows up and sees that the world isn't just devided in villains and heros. I think Derek Landy was also very successful in writing big and tragic events and how they affect certain characters and how this affect changes them (and not just for a few chapters/books, something that other writers tend to do). This book series deserves more readers and recognition, so if you thinking about reading it, just do!

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    • T. Michaelsen
    • 16/12/2007

    Excelent!!!

    This is the best book i've ever listen to. I can understand why it's called "the next harry potter".I heard it three times till now and i'm still laughing. Great story, brilliant characters and funny dialouges. Defenatley a must have.

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    • Till
    • 09/12/2017

    Der sprecher is etwas unpräzise

    Bei den Charakter Stimmen manchmal ist auch der ton plötzlich sehr laut was nicht unbedingt sein muss trotzdem ist es sehr deutlich und gut betont gesprochen

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    • MioKindle
    • 07/11/2017

    Funny, Sarcastic, Charming, Scary Goodness!

    Rupert Degas brings Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Kane alive in a very loving charming way!

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    • Yunomi
    • 29/11/2016

    Jugendbuch

    Ich liebe Geister-Detektivgeschichten, und die Umsetzung als Hörbuch mit den Musik- und Geräuscheinspielungen ist großartig, ebenso wie der Sprecher mit dem irischen Akzent, aber: anders als so manch anderer Titel in diesem Genre, der auch durchaus noch Erwachsene zu fesseln und gruseln vermag (ich sage nur Lockwood & Co.), sind die Charaktere hier wirklich eher flach und - abgesehen von einer gewissen anfänglichen Skurrilität - sehr vorhersehbar gehalten. Schade! Also vom Niveau her eher TKKG als Drei Fragezeichen, und nur für sehr junge Jugendliche zu empfehlen.