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.
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.
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.
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.
Neil Gaiman brought this book to life! He is a marvelous reader, and the book was very well done too. Although I am an adult, this would be a fun book to listen to with your teenage kids on a long car ride. I believe it would be frightening for younger kids.
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.
Almost everyone has talked so highly about this book. And I am here to say, "They are absolutely right". This is a great book about a little boy who grows up in some rather abnormal circumstances. Its funny, sad, creepy, mystical and comes with some great pieces of insight. I do want to add that Neil Geiman is clearly not just a great writer but an excellent narrator as well. The book has so many characters it would be so hard to listen if it were not for the narrator, who just magically transforms his voice to suit the character. Buy this book, if you have a taste for genius!
A truly enjoyable book! Even for myself, well beyond the age served by "youth fiction", I was enthralled throughout. It's both spooky and heart warming, with characters that are very unique and likable. The plot carries along nicely, and even when events seem to make little sense, most things are tied back up in the end. Almost makes me wish I grew up in a graveyard...