Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | Audiobook Review

Posted December 9, 2015 by Zeee in Reviews4 Comments

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | Audiobook ReviewMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs
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Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1
Length: 9 hours and 41 minutes
ISBN: 1594744769
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Audiobook Review


I have heard a lot of great things about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs so I was pretty psyched when I started listening to the audiobook.  Unfortunately, I was a little put off.  Miss Peregrine’s did not live up to my expectations.

Let’s talk about the genre.

First off, it was marketed as a scary middle-grade novel but it just wasn’t!  View Spoiler » I honestly don’t have any issues for the way the plot went, but it was marketed as a spine-tingling fantasy.  With the creepy looking girl on the cover, to the creepy pictures included in the book, I thought this book would scare me a little.  But it didn’t.  Admittedly, I did not get the additional photos when I borrowed the audiobook but still.

Let’s talk about the characters.

The characters were a little interesting.  I wish there was more character development, though because I really wanted to know more about Miss Peregrine’s peculiar kids.  The title is about the peculiar kids, but I felt that there wasn’t enough focus on them.  However, I loved the bit when the kids showed off their sideshow act because it gave us a little taste of what their powers were.  I just wish there was more.

Let’s talk about world building.

I liked how the tiny island was described.  The world building did give the feeling of mysterious island slash abandoned island but without the creepiness.  In the author’s defense, he did try his best to make it sound creepy but it just didn’t cut it.

The View Spoiler » I didn’t expect this at all.  Definitely one of the highlights of the book.

Let’s talk about what I did not like.

  • It just wasn’t scary at all.  Maybe if it wasn’t promoted as a scary book I would not have expected the book to scare me.
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  • The sort of love story was just creepy! View Spoiler »  Talk about gross, yeah?
  • It wasn’t as scary as I expected.  And since it was marketed as a spine-tingling fantasy, I really expected more.
  • Definitely more of a middle-grade book than a YA.

Let’s talk about the narrator.

Jesse Bernstein did a great job with narrating the book.  He was a little slow in reading so I had to speed it up to about 1.2x the normal speed.  Otherwise, I would have been bored out of my eyes.


If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend going to your local library and try it out first before purchasing.  This is also recommended for middle grade or younger kids.

My last thoughts.

I may or may not read the other books in the series.  This is definitely not like the Harry Potter series.


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Overall: 3

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4 responses to “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | Audiobook Review

    • I am a wuss when it comes to horror. In fact, I hate seeing the trailer for Krampus on TV because scary! And I have never finished the movie The Shining OR seen Carrie because super scary! And I expected to be scared but I wasn’t! I also read on Goodreads that this was the next Harry Potter and it wasn’t. Anyway, I had high hopes for this series. I may read the next books in the series but I’m not really sure yet.

  1. Bec

    You know, I’ve never really thought how this book would work as an audiobook before. The pictures included in the physical book added an interesting development, but you can’t really see them in the audio. They could try to describe them I guess..

    My thoughts on this were about the same. It was okay, but nowhere near as creepy as expected.
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    • I think the audiobook was an enhanced edition but I borrowed mine from the library via Overdrive and the enhanced edition wasn’t supported so I only got the audio version. It would have been nice,though. But then again, the creep factor was meh.