I absolutely love this book. The audio production was stellar! I loved the many voices (characters) the soundtrack between chapters and above all the story. GREAT, GREAT book. The only problem now is that it will be hard to find additional audio books that meet or surpass the caliber and production quality of this book.
The love between Bod and his Silas. The chapter when Bod runs away.
There were so many. I do not know how he kept the voices separate...I would have been confused. I particularly loved Liza Hempstock, Silas and Miss Lupescu
The end of the book, saying goodbye to his mother.
Loved it...I now will read other Neil Gaiman books.
I agree with the reviews that say Tweens or older. It is a great story that deals with macabre subjects very lightly and with humor. Great story!
I can't decide which I liked more: Neil Gaiman's reading of his gem of a story or the story itself. Either way, it made for a wonderful, tight, oddly nostalgic experience.
This is my first listen of a Gaiman story - I had recently read "American Gods" before downloading "The Graveyard Book", which prepared me for Gaiman's crisp, seemingly simple style. Pairing that with his soothing and smart narration makes this production the best I've yet listened to from Audible.
The tale opens ominously, with a horrendous crime perpetrated by a very dark character. When I listened to the story a second time with my wife and twin 13-year olds, I was surprised by their gasps as the hinted details of the crime coalesced to reveal the true nature of the deed. This initial dip into darkness, however, yields to a story of humor, lightness of spirit, and innocence. The black heart of the initial scenes never goes away completely, but serves as a touchstone for the acts and relationships that follow.
The characters who inhabit this world are lightly drawn, but never shallow. Sometimes only the few words inscribed on a headstone are all that defines one of these players, but those words create an entire world itself - not unlike radically short films (think 1- or 5-second variety) that flash by in an instant, but leave behind an echo that grows in the story's wake (mixed metaphor there!).
Gaiman's writing is full of this type of sketched description. He leaves out what many authors belabor. The resulting prose feels light and effortless, but nevertheless digs deeply into occasionally heavy themes - abandonment, commitment, death, love... just the basics.
My kids absolutely loved the story. I heartily recommend it for any children 12 or over, with younger ones also game if they have some degree of sophistication about storytelling and some of the themes noted above. Though considered a "teen" title, I guarantee un-jaded adults will relish the experience of listening to a very accomplished author tell this sweet story.
My only critique is the subplots sprinkled throughout felt, at times, disjointed. That was an initial sense that was largely erased on my second pass, though most folks will likely listen only once, so my first impression was of a somewhat wandering plot line. The overall presentation, characters, and gentle story, however, still make this well worth your time.
Having read the book "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman and enjoying it thoroughly, I was curious to listen to an audio book performed by the author. The idea of a child raised in a graveyard by ghosts was so compelling that I simply had to give it a try. It is pure brilliance. I never wanted it to end. Neil Gaiman's theatrical reading was absolutely among the best I have ever heard over many years at Audible.com. His capability with regional accents, with subtlety and nuance in reading his own work is simply amazing. The case can be argued that The Graveyard Book may not be for young children but I will say that Harry Potter can be far scarier than this book and perfectly appropriate for children over, say 10 years old. But the support, compassion, love and protection that is given to a child growing up in the most unlikely of places is simply magnificent. I recommend this book to anybody, young or old. It's beautifully written and read.
This book captures the attention of young and old. I have listened to the book twice. Love the story.
Okay, I relish Steven King books as they can create the impossible world, populate it with normal people and make the impossible reality real.
Graveyard - a baby boy bounces down the stairs on his diapered butt as his family is being murdered and as he crawls outside - he enters a graveyard. The spirits adopt the little boy, known to all as BOD - short for ........
Cannot believe how creative and how wondrous this tale is as it flows from baby boy to the end of an evil. The world (a graveyard for God's sake) is an improbabley reality, but it is populated with real personalities fleshed out by the author in King style and this unreal world not only seems possible but makes one wonder every time they pass a graveyard.
Narration is by the author - fantastic! So good, I bought Neverwhere and American Gods - he is the equal of Jim Dale.
I enjoyed this this novel of Neil Gaiman more than all those I've previously read. "The Graveyard Book" is ripe for a sequel and I hope we'll see one soon!
My first Gaiman experience was Stardust -- which led me to read everything he's written and listen to as much of it as I could get my hands on. Gaiman is a superb reader, and I love hearing authors reading their own work... who better than they to know what the voices should sound like? As Gaiman's stories go, this one is smallish in scope... totally manageable, and very entertaining.
On a scale of 1-5, this audiobook is a 10. You get an amazing performer doing the voices PLUS, since it's the author, you get all of the intended nuances that only the author can know about... PLUS, since it's THIS author... I mean, even his tweets are entertaining. This is the quintessential audiobook... a book that was written to be heard, read by the author, who happens to be an amazing performer as well.
I've been an adult for many years now, but there are some children's books I still like (Narnia, Harry Potter, Despereaux, etc.) There are many others that don't move me at all. This was a wonderful surprise as I had never heard of it before. I cared deeply about the many diverse characters--the living, the dead and those who were neither. (I'm in love with Silas!) It is a classic, in the sense that it tells a tale of good and evil, of life and death and of love, friendship and loyalty. It is also a page turner, (if you can say that about a book in audio form.) I sometimes listen or read until I fall asleep, but this book kept me awake to find out what happened next! Highly recommend this tale.