The story and the characters who inhabited the story
The clarity and humanity
A depth to the characters and an added enjoyment to hear it
This was a wonderful story I have been meaning to read for a long time. I am so happy I decided to purchase the audio book when I first joined Audible.
Combines the magic of one of your favorite childhood stories with content matter that an adult would love. If you liked Stardust and Anansi Boys you will love the Graveyard Book. It is not a depressing nor dark book, but full of wonder and excellent story telling.
If all authors could read their stories as well as this then it should be required.
Most of Mr Gaimans other stories; American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Stardust.
The goodbye scene when he realizes that it is time to move on.
Not necessarily - because my wife and I would not have had a chance to talk about it.
Best Gaiman book of all is Anansi Boys - Lenny Henry (I think) is an outstanding narrator. Only possibly better book is all of the Harry Potter books for getting imersed in the story.
Was a fun listen. Will allow my teenager to listen to it. The first few minutes may be a wee bit scary for my 10 year old, but overall I think kids will enjoy the fantasy of it all.
The author reveals subtle hints about his characters and who they really are. By doing so he treats his listeners/readers intellect with respect.
None others listened to.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
wow, neil gaiman is my new favorite author/narrator!!
the story of Bod Owens and his ghostly family is so unique, so different, and so easy to relate to, at the same time. it takes a special type of storyteller to create a world so fantastical and yet...real.
i really like neil gaiman's style- he's a great writer and story teller! this is the second of his books that i've listened to, and i think he's a fantastic narrator.
Great story, I couldn't put it down and finished in one sitting. Neil's performance was enthusiastic and really added to the story. I hope he comes out with a sequel!! I loved all the characters.
Quirky, terrific book, fantasy with its feet firmly grounded (undergrounded, actually!) Examines the complexities of good and evil without moralizing; instead is always warm, human (even if most of the humans are no longer alive), beautifully written, touching without being sloppy, and a whopping good story.
A human baby whose family has been killed is adopted by the graveyard folk and protected and nurtured until he finally has to determine his own destiny and meet the evil that has threatened him since infancy. He learns all the important lessons of life from the denizens of the graveyard who have lived their lives and have all the wisdom of the ages to pass along. It may sound dark but it is a story filled with light, warmth, wisdom and a generous dose of gentle humor.
Neil Gaiman does an absolutely marvelous performance in reading his own book, gets the voices, accents and tone just perfectly. Altogether a wonderful audiobook. I loved "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and this was every bit as good.
The narrator was consistently energetic, and he was able to bring life to the characters with his voice. I was constantly engaged.
There were so many memorable moments! The first half of the book is like a series of short stories with the same lead character. Each chapter contained its own adventure. The ending, of course, was memorable. Aside from that, the chapter that stood out to me the most was the chapter on the ghoul gate.
I don't want to give anything away, but the end of the chapter with the ghoul gate is my favorite.
I read some other reviews and was warned that the ending could cause one to cry. It didn't make me cry, but it definitely moved me.
I recommended this book to my Mom and her 4th grade class. What a wonderful book. The attention to detail is wonderful, and the characters relatable. Mignon Fogerty of Grammar Girl said she could listen to Neil Gaiman read a tax code. I agree.
Loved the creative ways the author brought these characters to "life!" And having Neil Gaiman read it himself is perfection! I would be curious to know what Bod is up to now in the Living World.....
Yes. Usually I listen on 1 1/2 speed, but I loved hearing the emotion and inflection in Neil's narration, so I listened on the normal speed. Enjoyed every minute