The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.
Publisher: [United States] : Scholastic : Made available through hoopla, 2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780545047647
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (2hr., 51 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Woodman, Jeff
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new_art_form Jul 17, 2015

Hugo Cabret spends his days alone in the walls of a Paris train station, keeping the clocks working and in good condition, so that no one will discover that his uncle, the rightful clock keeper of the station, is no longer there. So far, no one has suspected a thing, although the Station Inspector has had an eye on him for a while, and if he catches him, Hugo will be sent away to an orphanage, or worse. Hugo manages to remain out of trouble for a long time, until he meets the strange girl and the bitter man, who helps Hugo uncover his mysterious history. He doesn't know it yet, but his life is about to change, thanks to an old notebook, mysterious drawings, and an odd rundown machine.
It took me only a few hours to read this book, but not because it was good. Most pages had about five sentences maximum, and pretty much half the book was just pictures. That doesn't really bother me, though. The pictures are well drawn and they helped me better picture the story in my mind, giving me settings and characters and what they looked like.
I usually read this book if I need to have something read in a short amount of time. It honestly isn't written that well and there are so many boring scenes and useless material that I think you're better off just looking at the pictures. All in all, I'd recommend this book to people who are looking for a quick and easy read, not something that they'll remember days after the last page is read.

WCLSDemingLibrary Apr 07, 2015

The audio of this story feels a bit flat- perhaps because it is missing the illustrations that are included in the printed version.

Feb 25, 2012

Great book the story is awesome

Jun 08, 2010

I was skeptical when I heard that Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret was being made into an audiobook. It is a story that is told only partly through text; pages of wordless illustrations move the action forward. In the audio version, the pictures are translated into sound clips. (Running footsteps, the sound of a crowded railway station, the whistle of a steam engine.) This worked surprisingly well.

The story is set in about 1937. A twelve-year-old orphan named Hugo lives on his own in a train station in Paris, where he tends to the many clocks. His obsession is to restore to working order an automaton that he has found. Caught stealing parts from a toy booth in the station, Hugo's life becomes entwined with that of Georges, a grumpy old toy store owner with a mysterious past.

Silent films from the turn of the century, magicians, a stolen key... a story for listeners of all ages.

Dec 15, 2009

Ideal for the young readers.

Nov 13, 2009

i liked the pictures but the story sucks

Nov 13, 2009

One of the few times where the audio versio does not live up to the book. One of the reasons why I liked the book so much was because of the beautiful illustrations and as this is the audio version you can't really translate the illustrations onto an audio cd. Great story, just not a good format for it though.

Calvina Li
Sep 20, 2009

Terrific book! Don't be daunted by the thickness, half of the book is actually wonderful pictures.

Jan 02, 2009

I really LOVE this book!!
First I thought wow look how thick that book is!!
And when I flipped through it i realized it was practically all pictures!!The fact that its in Paris is great too!!
I have no Idea how I have to thank my school librarian for showing me this book!!
If you didn`t read this book yet you are sssssoooooo missing out all the best stuff!!

lucky Dec 20, 2008

A good book, with amazing pictures that really help you visualize the story.


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lucky Dec 20, 2008

A boy works on clocks in a station. He meets an old man and a girl and his secret is revealed.


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