A lighthearted tale about an orphaned baby who is adopted and raised by the supernatural inhabitants of a graveyard.
When a secret, occult group learns that a child will spell their doom, they seek to eliminate said child. Though they dispatch the infant's family, through a series of events, the baby boy is found by the spiritual (deceased) inhabitants of an old, local cemetery.
He is quickly adopted and protected by the graveyard folk. They protect him from the faction that took his natural family while raising and loving him as if they were his living, breathing kin.
This book invites you to become ensconced in the hamlet where your adopted parents are a kindly, husband-and-wife, Victorian ghost couple, your guardian is an ancient, reformed vampire, your tutor is a matronly werewolf, and your neighborhood is a venerable graveyard with a quaint community of ghosts from here, there, and then. The graveyard's magic keeps you hidden from those who would do you harm, and you must remain until safe. But in the meantime, you find your hearth and heart among the macabre.
This is a great book and wonderfully read (by the author?). HOWEVER... parents might want to listen to it first. The first scene is, well, to put it bluntly, the narrative of a professional murderer stabbing to death two parents and a little girl. It's pretty violent. The story really starts with the second scene, where the baby is "adopted" by ghosts in the graveyard, and if you think the scene of murder will bother your child overmuch, you can probably just skip right over it without losing much plot.
But this is a very good book, and the reader is really, really good, especially with the children's voices.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I really enjoyed this one - light, fun, and just gruesome enough to keep me entertained. This would be a great book for older kids/teens and something the family could listen to together as long as nobody is too squeamish. Reminds me of the movie Beetlejuice - this would be a great Tim Burton movie.
I really love Neil Gaiman's narrative books. This is one of my favorites next to Stardust and Neverwhere. In fact this probably makes the Top 20 list of over 600 books I have listened to. I have been a Audible member since 1996.
The best part of the book is that it is narrated superbly by the author himself. You will NOT be disappointed. A must listen.
This was the first book I've listened to from this author, and I was very happy to find this gem.
It started out a little rocky for me, as it was like mish mash of biblical style descriptions, dribbled in with some meaningless quip. I thought I picked a doozy. Luckily, this didn't last too long and the story took off.
Character development was rich, and full of lots of different characters. Story line was about as wonderful and unique as you can possibly have it without seeming manic.
Every time the characters got into a situation, I never, ever figured out what was going to happen. This fact made Gaiman a great author. He was able to make such a wonderful story, without trying to shoe horn originality for originalitys' sake.
I was also shocked to see that Gaiman himself narrated. It was done so well, and the voices he used for each character obviously matched perfectly with them, that it made the story that much more enjoyable. I have since listened to other Gaiman stories, but this is still my favorite.
If you are an avid listener or reader of books, and feel at times it's hard to find a truly original story, this is the book for you.
I am a retired man. I thought this book was charming, had great imagery, mystery, and the performance was excellent. The Graveyard Book is definitely not just for children.
Murder is horrific, and this story is about murder. It is also about death, love, redemption.
I am not a fan for horror stories, and so it was with trepidation I downloaded this book. To my surprise, Gaiman is a wonderful reader, and the story is a delightful fantasy - an adult fairy tale - and the two combined were an incredibly rich auditory and imaginary experience.
Download it - you won't regret it!
How wonderful it is to hear an author's words read they way he heard them in his own head. Gaiman's narration is right up there with the best readers in audio books, no doubt about it. I loved the book, but have to caution parents that, although it is presented as "Children's Book" it is not for young children, and it is certainly a fantastic book for adults. I wish more authors had the ability at characterization, inflection and pacing that Gaiman has, but alas, his is a rare quality. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately bought "Neverwhere", which is every bit as good. I can't wait for more from this author/performer.
I doubt I've heard a better audiobook, Neil Gaiman's narration is brilliant and kept me up very late two nights running.
I enjoy Neil Gaiman both as a writer and a narrator. In fact, I was amazed at his narration skills. I usually don't like the author as the reader, but in this book I don't think anyone could have done as well as Gaiman. This is my favorite of all the Gaiman books I have ready so far. You cannot find a better character as "Bod". Gaiman's imagiination is wonderful. You will really be mystified by the ghouls' names and tickled (in a ghoulish way) how they got them. .