Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
What a wonderful story. Something for everyone – adventure, mystery, humor, creepiness. Enjoyable for adults in the way of the best literature for young people such as Peter Pan, Harry Potter and (not surprisingly) The Jungle Book. Good coming-of-age stories remind us grown-ups of who we once were and of the dreams and hopes we once had for ourselves and our belief that we could accomplish anything - before the "real world" teaches us not to believe in magic anymore. Gaiman is a Pied Piper of storytelling for all ages, and as always gives voice to his creations as no one else could. The added musical interludes enhanced the atmosphere. I long to know what Bod’s life became, but suspect that a sequel would not really be in order. Better to let us imagine.
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!
I doubt I've heard a better audiobook, Neil Gaiman's narration is brilliant and kept me up very late two nights running.
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.
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. .
Don't get me wrong, I love this story, but it's a bit too intense for young children; it starts with the stabbing murder of a young family... Having said that, I've found it to be a wonderfully entertaining story for me and have listened to it three times already. I highly recomend it, just not for anyone under 12 or 13.