The Constant Knitter
One of the most captivating listens for an audible book, made even better by its own author's reading of it.
Nobody Owens is a fairly normal young man, but that he lives with the dead. When his family members are murdered in their beds by The Man Jack, a curious toddler wanders innocently from his home and into the loving arms of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a jovial pair who make their home in a graveyard, and because of some morbid fascination with the dead, but because they themselves are deceased, and they are not the only restless spirits lurking about. The graveyard is inhabited by the old (a roman aristocrat), the forgotten (a girl forever burdened with the title of witch) and the undead (a kindly vampire with his fair share of secrets). Together, they will determine the fate of this unique young man, and each will play a crucial part in his inevitable confrontation with The Man Jack, all while helping young Bod through the trials and tribulations of his lonesome childhood and his more restless teenage years.
With The Graveyard Book, Gaiman has created a masterpiece of young adult fiction. The story of Nobody "Bod" Owens is both fantastical and relatable. No one seems as adept as Gaiman at blending the humdrum with the epic. The audiobook is given even more gravitas by the music of banjo superstar Bela Fleck and Gaiman's always wonderful narration. One wishes he could do the same with his masterpiece American Gods, currently narrated by the anachronistic George Guidall.
Also recommended is The Anansi Boys as read by Lenny Henry.
I love books (history and fantasy especially), animals, guns, motorcycles, walking in the rain (okay, just kidding about that one)... someone who strives to be a life-long learner.
The story of Bod (short for Nobody) is wisely and wonderfully written and narrated by Neil Gaiman. We began listening to this on a car trip and everyone was so engrossed that the drive flew by and my son and husband couldn't wait to get back into the car to continue the story. We weren't able to finish the book on the trip and so the following night, the three of us sat in a dark room for another two hours to finish! This book has some dark moments which might not be suitable for children under 12, but other than that there is wisdom, laughter, and wonder for readers of any age. As we listened to Bod grow up, we grew up too. After hearing the narration of Neil Gaiman, I am inclined to listen to his other books, even when the story description is not that interesting, for the sheer pleasure of his skill as a reader.
I first "read" this book by listening to this audiobook. It is a wonderful story (as I expected from Neil) and as he's reading his own work & I love his voice anyway, the narration is perfect. I actually liked this story so much I ended up also buying a print version.
Short and simple enough for kids to enjoy - clever and original enough for mature readers to gain something new from this tale. Interesting concept that moved at a fast clip and was just dark enough to keep an edgy interest, just innocent enough to not weigh too heavily on the mind or evoke a too critical of an engagement with the plot. The best part was Neil Gaiman's narration. Very cool.
I enjoyed listening to Neil Gaiman read his own novel. Sometimes having the author narrate his or her own work is the kiss of death for a book, but Mr. Gaiman is a lively and talented reader. This book is aimed at a slightly younger audience (although it is surprisingly morbid in parts) so it's not a particularly complex story, but it is well-paced, with an interesting overall concept (orphaned mortal child is raised by spirits in a graveyard). I'd recommend it for anyone who isn't too easily put off by mildly gory/scary bits and is looking for an entertaining, quick listen.
This book was amazing! Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and narrator. He can make each voice original to each character, and the story itself is completely mesmerizing! One you start listening you'll be hook. But it can be a bit strange and somewhat dark in places. Best keep it for kids no younger than five. But otherwise it is a must read!! If you loved Coraline then you'll love this too!!!
I love this book! It was fantastically written and very imaginative. I reccomend it for young adults and adults who enjoy reading such as Harry Potter. I can not rave enough about it.
My kids age 8, 10, and 12, wife (not giving age), and I all enjoyed The Graveyard Book. Perfect for listening together on our long drive, except that we spent a few minutes in the driveway each time we reached our destination, unable to stop listening. Gaiman's deft presentation kept all ages on the edge of our seats without being too intense for even the youngest listeners.