Holes by Louis Sacher
My Rating: 💙💙💙 (Liked It)
Publisher: Not sure as doesn’t say on audiobook details
Narrator: Kerry Beyer
Genres: Children’s Fiction
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. Ages 10+
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’d watched the movie a few years ago but didn’t realise it was based on a book. I downloaded this audiobook from my library app.
Based on what I listened to I felt the style of writing in this book is aimed more at a younger audience rather than at adults, but still worth a read. I liked how Sachar linked several stories to form the main storyline of this book.
The narrator of this book was really good. I thought he made the characters come to life and he managed to keep me engaged enough to finish this audiobook in one sitting. The book is very short anyway. But, I know from experience that a short book can take me a while to read if it wasn’t good.
Usually I always prefer to read the books first before watching the movie version because they are so different with lots of things missing but for once I didn’t mind watching the movie first as I thought the movie was pretty accurate.
I was a little sad that I hadn’t read this book when I was younger, as I think I would have rated it slightly more. I would definitely recommend this book to younger readers (10 to 15 year olds).