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Trollhunters

Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino - one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named Tubby who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year-old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some unhuman) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

©2015 Stygian LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

What the critics say

"Narrator Kirby Heyborne works his vocal magic in a story that is, by turns, amusing and blood curdling.... Heyborne is in his element as he creates the garbled language and horrifying growls and howls of the fearsome trolls. He’s equally at home voicing teens and adults, particularly the stuttering local sheriff." (AudioFile)

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  • Liz
  • 2018-11-21

Formulaic and Kind of Gross

Although I bought this book for roadtrips with my kids, I'm glad I listened to it on my own first. The descriptions of troll guts and gore are pretty intense, and probably not appropriate for most kids under 10. Also, the author shouting the character AARRGGH's name constantly got old real fast. Other than that, the story is ok but not spectacular.

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Wow

This might be one of my favourite books ever!
Captivating. Beautifully written. Beautifully narrated. A road-trip worthy book!

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a good YA story

narrator was great, felt a little slow at times and there was a great deal of inner monologue. but still fairly fun

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  • Byron Leavitt
  • 2017-07-08

Not as good as the cartoon, but still awesome.

I very much enjoyed this book. The narrator kind of bugged me, but the story was a ton of fun. It was very interesting to see the changes between the book and the cartoon. While I do feel the cartoon is (ironically) better, it is fun to compare the differences between the two. This one is much more like a live-action movie, with much more grit, blood and true monsters. It's fun, and I recommend it.

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  • Raymond
  • 2017-01-12

Wonderful!!

Absolutely incredible!!! I originally became interested in this title due to a show on Netflix and this book is sooo much better than what was produced for television. it is wonderfully written and performed.

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  • Kirsten O'Reilly
  • 2016-02-17

Awesome performance!

Elementary to middle school level enjoyment. Kirby Heybourne was awesome as narrator. He's very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • DobieChuck
  • 2015-07-13

Unexpectedly Excellent

So fun and entertaining, no reservations... I was dubious, but was quickly won over w/ the flippant humor, as well as the impressively conceived yarn;) Usually not a fan of the genre in general, but this one makes me reconsider that opinion... Reminded me a bit of John Connoly's Samuel Johnson/Biddlecombe books - The Gates, The Infernals, and The Creeps... Similar use of humor w/ the slightly gothic setting/mood... Silly - yes fantastical - yes worth a read - no question... I read it in one sitting w/ a slight break for sleep... Certainly worth the credit... The only negative, and it's a small one, is the the narrator is smidge slow, but played well at 1.25x... Go for it, you'll thank me...

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  • Kimberly N.
  • 2019-05-27

Great Story. Less than great reading

First of all, this is nothing like the Netflix show. It is totally different and I love them both for it! the story is much darker, but still wonderful. I really struggled in the beginning though. The narrator is great at doing voices, but his normal reading voice is kind of robotic. I genuinely could not believe that he was going to read the WHOLE book. About halfway through I was able to get over his initial robotic voice and appreciate what he was good at. Like i said, his voices are great. I loved that I could hear the difference in all the characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book, I just needed some time to get used to it all. 😊

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  • N_K
  • 2019-03-20

Not the Netflix's version

I loved the Netflix's version of the Troll Hunters and that is what made me look for the book. The book version is very different, not for the preteen or younger. As an adult I found this story interesting and adventurous. Overall I enjoyed it!

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  • Daniel
  • 2018-12-07

Great listen

Different from the Netflix series which I love too. This story can hold its own

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  • Levi
  • 2018-10-28

Guillermo del Toro at his best

I loved this story, very good action not to much gore and some really imaginative images.

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  • Niad
  • 2018-09-23

Much darker than the tv show, but still good.

This book was much darker than the Trollhunters tv show, but it is just as amazing and worth a listen. once you get past the differences between both the story becomes very enjoyable. It's full of emotion and the character development is perfect. The reader was a bit difficult to listen to at times, but I still liked it.

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  • Linda Noble
  • 2018-08-06

Wonderful story and narration

Instantly captivates your attention. A great read for both adults and young adults. Sometimes Guillermo del Toro books leave a person feeling unsettled or upset, thankfully Trollhunters isn't one of them. :-)