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Publisher's Summary

Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake), he is not surprised.

Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five feet wide by five feet deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie, and Stanley must dig up the truth.

Wonderfully inventive, compelling and hilarious, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece.

©2002 Louis Sachar (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

" Holes is one of those instant classics that adults, as well as children over eight, will thoroughly enjoy. Sachar has created something quite different from JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, but no less enchanting." ( Independent on Sunday)
"If you want a witty, moving listen that grabs you and never lets up, look no further than Holes." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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Exceptional

It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book as much as this.
A simple story, with unexpected detours, and a superb narrator- so natural and engaging that he could have been sitting next to me on the sofa.
Give it a go.

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Awesome

Awesome book an complete Heart stopper definitely recommended. Plus great for shadowing I absolutely loved it

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Entertaining

Really liked this book was easy to listen to no bad language the story was good narrator very good & had a satisfying ending

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Great story for all ages

Loved the story from beginning to end. Narrator was brilliant. Can’t wait for my ten and twelve year old sons to listen to it.

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I am an adult and I loved this kids book.

A great book with many twists and turns. I would highly recommend. The plot was great and the past/present links were cleverly written.

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loved it

I loved both the book and the movie both had a brilliant story 10/10 ❤

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Encaptured the whole family including 9 year old

This wonderful classic story is brought to life through this recording. The twists, turns and back stories were followed easily by Master 9, and we all loved it.

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Loved it!

The story was great and the narrator brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed by mum and 2 boys, 13 and 11 yrs old.

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Holes

A strange and lovely tale. And performed brilliantly by the narrator. This was a very engaging listen.

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old but good

like the connection it has with old day white man views. but it all comes together in the end for the better ..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2018

Fabulous Feel-Good Literature

One of the best stories I've come across in a long time. Sachar makes you fall in love with his beautiful narrative which will stay with you for a long time. "Holes" is the epitome of what youth literature should be -- something to be loved by children of all ages. Like everything on Audible, the reading is superb. Often too little is made of this, but the outstanding quality of the productions and the skill of the actors doing the reading really stand to Audible's credit.

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  • RaeRae
  • 26-01-2020

sooo good!

I read this with my English class and then watch the movie, then listened to the audio book! READ SMALL STEPS PLEASE!?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2019

Must Read

I couldn't stop listening to this book. it's amazing. The story is so effortlessly good, it's like the author is showing off. I will definitely listen again and so should you.

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  • henri k
  • 05-01-2019

great book for Children and adults.

fabulous book for kids and adults. we decided to get this after our English teacher suggested it. so brilliant! tears at the end.

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  • TM
  • 07-10-2018

Holes is great, people are just mean

A very enjoyable, heartwarming and funny story that really does blow your mind on some occasions, the characters are well realised and prove to be compelling. I enjoyed the non-linear narrative and the interwoven plot lines which really prompted some thought provoking questions, the narrator's voice was also pleasant to listen to. My only problems are the loose ends at the end of the audiobook but I suppose that was intentional and how everything seems a bit too convenient to be realistic.

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  • Jack McGuinness
  • 30-12-2020

love it

I felt like I evoled along with stanly throughout the story. I could picture ever minuye of them digging the holes. and every facial expression on the each characters face. and Kerry Beyer was a brilliant narrator gor this book. I really enjoyed it thank you audible

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  • Mother of Five
  • 24-08-2018

amazing

great and funny I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was great I love it

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  • Kathy
  • 30-03-2021

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A fun and thoughtful book. Though clearly a children's book, at no point did I feel it was patronising or childish. The narrator did an amazing job and added to the experience.

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- An interesting and enjoyable story that was encapsulated well.
- There was good character development and growth.
- The switches back to the past were well done and I enjoyed learning the tidbits that then later tied into the story.
- The narrative did an amazing job. I especially enjoyed the way they gave each character their own tone of voice so you knew who was speaking even without being told.

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- Some of the characters lacked depth beyond their immediate purpose to the story. The antagonists were only really that, not people with thought and backgrounds of their own.

Overall I had a really fun time listening to Holes and it was a nice palate cleanser after some heavier books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-2021

THE BEST BOOK EVER


this is the best book ever and I love the last part were the onions came in.

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  • randomguidetojupiter
  • 01-05-2020

Could be so much better

Interesting idea but badly written. There's no real character or story development and everything is very abrupt rather than drawing you in. The narrator uses horrible racially stereotyped accents but only once the race of each character is introduced in the story. Having heard him narrate other titles he should be banned from attempting any accent other than his own.

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  • Katharine
  • 27-01-2017

Highly recommended

This is a brilliant story, which really comes to life in this audio reading. Good for adults to listen to, as well as older children.

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