It took me a bit to get into this but soon was hooked! I realize it is not the type for everyone. But I thought it was very entertaining with good lessons and a good message hidden in there! Mr Gaiman not only is a good author but narrates very well also!
I'm actually Mrs. William -- have been using and enjoying my husband's Audible account so much I couldn't resist reviewing!
I know this is an award-winning children's/young adult book, but that should not stop anyone of any age from enjoying it. The graveyard setting and the (mostly) deceased characters may seem odd choices, but the book has real depth and heart as well as suspense. Sometimes I have thought that Neil Gaiman is not the best narrator of his own work, but here the combination is perfect. I couldn't recommend it more.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
What can I say, I love Neil Gaiman as an author and narrator, he's twisted in all the right ways and is one of my favorites!!! He didn't fail with this one either. I enjoyed the story, which I didn't expect (not the enjoyment but the story), well, I never do - his creativity is way beyond my feeble imagination, but I've listened to it twice with only one book in between just because. Usually I give it a longer rest in between listens; this time I went back sooner because it was just fun and a little different. His world of fantasy is where I love to go to escape. Wish I'd had it sooner, but I'm never too old! May be a little "dark" for some, but I love it! Enjoy!
I've listened to many audio books over the years and have never left a review before. After finishing the The Graveyard Book, I couldn't wait to leave a comment. I am still stunned how much I enjoyed the story and performance. Neil does an amazing job getting you to care about Bod as he grows up. The book starts a little dark but don't let that stop you from listening to this one! I don't know if I've ever listened to a book about ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, and more and actually believed that they could really exist. If you want to be part of an adventure (and feel young again like me), this is the perfect book!
We downloaded this book for a 6 hour trip. Mom, dad, an 11 and a 7 year old were totally absorbed for the entire trip. Neil narrates this book himself and he does not disappoint. The characters are interesting, the story is layered with complexity and there is plenty of suspense. Totally worth the purchase. We'll listen again this summer on another long journey.
My inner (and outter, for that matter) child just adores when a story teller does sound effects. When Bod is learning to make the bird shriek for
I was cheering (aloud, luckily I was by myself at the time) when Bod lured that awful bad Jack down to the Sleer and traps him there to be the Sleer's Master forever. You go, Bod! I am also very fond of Miss Lepescu and was glad when Bod told her straight up he simply could not eat the food she was bringing him in those plastic containers.
Himself! I swear he *is* every character he portrays in some way or other. He is so obviously enjoying himself. It is easy to forget sometimes that there is only one person reading this story.
Yes, but I also didn't want it to end too soon either so I
If you get the opportunity to listen to any of Mr. Gaiman's books, do so!
I love it when the author Narrates!
I was surprised by the dark beginning, but really shouldn't have been as the title is THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, but I was. Highly entertaining, always something new.
I love this book and Neil Gaiman makes is come alive!! I've listened to it 3 or 4 times now and will listen again when I need a lift. Nobody is a character to love as are Mr. and Mrs. Owens!
When nothing else in my library appeals to me I'll listen to The Graveyard Book or Strardust - over and over.
I was new to the Gaiman world, not even having seen a movie based on one of his books. It was recommended by a friend who knew I liked fantasy even though most of my reading these days is non-fiction or British mysteries.
I was engrossed from the first paragraph. I found myself sitting in parking lots or my driveway, unable to stop until the end of a chapter. At first, it was a little unnerving to think that this was promoted as a children's book but then my 9-year old self would have loved it too.
The reading was pitch perfect with Mr. Gaiman becoming his characters so organically that it never felt awkward. He embodied male/female, human/deceased/creatures, good/evil so effortlessly that it never took me out of the moment as the voices shifted.
The hardest part at the end was the realization that it was the end. How could these
I haven't read the print version, but Neil Gaiman reads his own work with professionalism and sincerity.
I listened while I walked my dog on chilly January mornings and the evocative placement of the grave yard setting was good company.
I love when Bod is trying to fade and failing, or bored with his lessons.
I was sad to come to the end of this story. I loved having the characters with me.