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Publisher's Summary

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of 19th-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a 16-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

©2011 Daniel Kraus (P)2011 Listening Library

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Not Rotten At All!

A well written, well narrated tale about a relationship between a father and son, a young man growing up trying to understand himself, and the circumstances that have brought him to where he is now. The story holds its interest in what the father does to earn his living, he robs graves. I did not find the discriptive scenes gross or repulsive, just interesting. A refreshingly different story, I look forward to reading more works by this author. This novel is appropriate for the young adult and up.

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Hard to take, but an interesting character study.

Parts of this book were very fascinating. Joey as a character is interesting. The writers prose is beautiful while being utterly horrific in plot. My biggest complaint, though, is that there were several key moments in this story where I just could not suspend my disbelief. It was just too hard to accept the story.

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Can this be made into a movie?...... PLEASE!!!!!!!

I would love to know if this is an actual thing. Do grave robbers work in a tight secret group? Searching the obituaries for any sign of a "good dig"? Treasures and money with danger and sadness. The characters stories felt believable in a "6 Feet Under" kind of way. I felt bad for the main character's bullying because he didn't deserve it but I also see how it made him pro-active. Towards the end my heart was thumping so loud with the suspense, horror, and excitement of the villain and hero battle. I got to meet the author a few years back when this book was released and I wish I had read now when I met him because I would like to know more about the story.

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Meh

I really wanted to like this story, I love a good dark tale, dead bodies and all that happy stuff. The beginning was great, but as the story dragged into the second half he lost me. I left off right after the whole scene with Baby and the french fries, I just couldn't finish it. I have over 200 titles in my library, this is the first time that I haven't been able make myself finish an audiobook.

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Dig in, it's a bumpy ride

The book was disturbing when our main character gets sent to
Live with a dad he's never met.. And the conditions are terrible. But it gets worse...dad I'd a gravedigger , whose exploits are described in detail. But then it gets even worse, he decides to learn the trade. And shockingly...it gets worse. But I couldn't stop listening and it was well written. Who could I recommend it to? No young adult. But it does make YOU want to read it, doesn't it?

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Fascinating

This is a book about belonging, about identity, about family. It's absolutely amazing, but to be honest I'm just speechless at the last two chapters. I think I'm mourning having ended it.

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Amazing!!!!

What a Great Plot!!!! The complexity of all the Characters! The Narrator is incredible!!!! I highly recommend this Book to fans of Stephen Kings, the gunslinger series. It reminded me of it, of Roland.

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Awesome read

Daniel Kraus does an excellent job taking us to the macabre world of diggers and Rotters. I read most of this book in one day and couldn’t wait to finish it. A real page turner. Kirby Heyborne does an amazing job voicing each character.

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A story for the outcast

This story tells of a boy who goes through loss, hardship, tribulation at the hands of others and discovery of self through means of his craft. I personally found it riveting. Not many could have described the details of a world we don’t know so well as Daniel Kraus has done in this book. Not for the faint hearted though I find few readers to be so. Enjoy discovering the a world that almost pulls you into darkness.

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fantastic story, if you have a strong stomach

Very well written, excellent character development the author gives the reader a real sense of place. The action is so well described it may be to vivid and graphic for some readers. I thought it would be scary considering the subject was grave robbing, but it was more of an emotional and strange coming of age story. Very glad I took the time. I was so involved at times I didn't want to turn it off to get back to work or go to sleep. But fair warning don't listen while you eat!