This was a very different book. The author and narrator takes you into the story, captivates your attention, and holds you attention until the end of the story. The only thing I did not enjoy was the little bits of music introducing the chapters. This was an unexpected find.
I don't generally go for atypical fiction such as this, ie: kind of young adult, kind of fantasy, so I have yet to figure out just what it was that made The Graveyard Book so remarkably worthwhile for me to read. The discovery (for me) of Neil Gaiman may be a large part of it. His narration is perfect--inviting and calm, wise and direct, and the writing possesses just the precise balance of otherworldliness with real world to allow me to feel, all the way through, that it is completely and precisely True. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more of Gaiman's work.
As the audio book starts the author jumps right into a dark plot with a nail biting first couple of pages holding your attention right from the beginning. A great overall story... however it did linger a little bit too much in the middle of the story and lost my interest for a time. No loss though....I felt the story was enjoyable and quite a treat to read! Bravo!!!!
P.S. Wouldn't this make a great movie!
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
This is a delightful and interesting work of fiction that is pleasing to the ear and mind. Such a rich tapestry of the afterlife in a graveyard community democracy. This is a lot of fun.
This was a little treasure of a listen that I discovered through great reviews. I was not disappointed. Wonderful. I would not say that this was a "children's book" although it is touted as such. The beginning is a bit much for a child. Adults will enjoy this book, or teens. The Author narrates, and does a fabulous job. This book made me want to know what other books this author has written. You will get "sucked into" the book right away!
I CERTAINLY will....I had already read the book the year that it was a Newbery winner and the read aloud was so darn good as well. I will listen to it again, because I like the story line very much and I thought that Neil Gaiman did an excellent job narrating it.
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No, but I would like to.
The book is a delightful read and listening to the narration was a delightful experience....I knit while I listen....wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
I listened for about two hours into this book and simply became so bored I quit listening. The concept is good, or at least I thought it sounded good from other reviewed. However, I just didn't care about the characters. Without that, who can care about the book? I regret spending the credit.
The performance is spectacular. The story is better suited to a young audience. Being a middle aged adult, I lost interest.
It was the first time I've listened to a book narrated by it's own author. I think it really adds something, as the intent of the story is ingrained, not interpreted. Of course the fact the Neil Gaiman has a dreamy voice helped a great deal.
I liked the matter-of-factness of it the best. This fantastical tale was told as if a boy being raised in such odd circumstances was really nothing out of the ordinary. It somehow made it even more intriguing.
I liked near the end, when the man Jack found himself in the crypt. It was the perfect way to deal with him. (I want to say more, but it would be a spoiler, so I'll remain vague.)
I connected with many parts of the book - much more than I usually do.
I'm going to listen to all of Neil Gaiman's books that he narrates himself. I really liked the nuance he brought to the story, without it being over
Solid plot, beautiful prose and amazing reader: Neil Gaiman does it all.
The part fantastical, part realistic aspect of Gaiman's books, give you that opportunity to break from the ordinary and let yourself be absorbed into a different world. The characters are extremely likeable and by the time you're done "The Graveyard Book", you'll be wishing there was more.
I'm definitely going to purchase more Neil Gaiman audiobooks - especially if I can find other ones read by him!