I am currently listening for a second time. It's an amazing adventure and Gaiman narration is so compelling.
Silas was my favorite character because he is shrouded in an intriguing mysteriousness.
I have not but I hope too soon.
I listened to the whole book in one day. I was hooked.
I highly, highly recommend this book to all ages and all people.
Really great concept, and implemented so we care about the characters.
Meeting his babysitter.. A hell hound
Love the accent, and the inflection.
Yes. Did it on a long car drive w sons 11/14 we all loved it.
We cared enough about bod to want another book.
In the top 10. One of the best.
The author did a remarkable job of conveying the atmosphere of the story.
I rarely repeat audiobooks. I might make an exception with this one, though.
Let's just say I usually avoid audiobooks read by the author. Most are not particularly skilled narrators (or at least not as good as a professional reader) and end up hurting the story more than aid it along. Gaiman, however, is the exception.
I have absolutely no idea. Maybe....The dead do have tales to tell
I am a big fan of good ghost stories, but if it's fright you are looking for, you will be disappointed. This is not scary, unless you fing books like Harry Potter scary. It is ,however, very very entertaining and magical. Also safe for young people. If nothing else, listen to the sample. It just gets better from there.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.
I've probably listened to it at least 5x!
It's difficult to pick one specific moment from the book but I find the last encounter between Bod and his friend to be heart-wrenching.
I've heard his Audiobook Collection. His performance is comparable to this work.
It's both, really. There are funny, heartwarming moments and there are moments that makes you want to cry.
This book is not for very young children. I would advise 8+ I bought this book for my own enjoyment a couple of years ago and I could not believe my luck. I devoured it and had kept it close to my bedside table ever since. When I recently got into audiobooks, it was to my utter delight that I found this narrated by none other than Gaiman himself!
The Graveyard Book benefits from multiple readings - at least two. There were aspects of it that you could not pick out from the first reading and there are multiple things that would invite discussion, if you are so inclined. The book also heavily borrows from other myths and fairy tales as well as history and though it could be set in any suburbs, there is a passing mention of its location which the reader might have fun figuring out.
It is a fine book - one that is highly enjoyable to both the adult and the child.
The audio version of this is masterfully narrated by Neil himself , so there is no doubt to the timber, intonation, pronounciation or inflection. It is pitch perfect and even more of an enjoyable experience because of this. .
It begins one night when a family are slain in their beds by a character named jack, as he sets his sights on the last memeber or the family he finds the baby has gone. The baby has infact escaped it's crib and toddled off on an adventure ending up in the old deserted Graveyard near his home. Knowing the baby is being persued by Jack forces the inhabitants of the Graveyard to decided whether to intervene and savve the child or not.....
There is a sense of the macabre about the story, however, there is also strong values of love and respect and doing the right thing. I enjoyed this book very much along with it not following a strict format. The chapters are in widely varying lengths and each ones contains a story within the story of an adventure or milestone in Bod's life. It rambles as life does into different relationships and the actions one takes to form stronger bonds. It is often not spelt out what some of Bod's guardians are but as the book unfolds it becomes more obvious and would probably keep a child's imagination more ignited.
In the vein or Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan or Rudyard Kipling's Kim there is the idea of an orphan being raised by what seem like unsuitable and very different souls. However, like its predecessors it shows how love and respect can overcome these difficulties... but then again Nobody Owens is an exceptional child.
The ending was very well done and left the reader with a few mixed feelings, lot of possibilities and some discussion as to what they thought of Bod. A very different children's tale and consistent with Neil Gaiman's work although lacking some of the humour of his adult books such as the Anansi boys.
The more you love books... the more books you love!
Due to the Audible web site's information architecture/information design, it is impossible to tell the genre of a book from the book's page iteself. Unless you navigate to the book page using "audible categories" eg, you click a link from the home page, there is no way to tell the book's genre. (Unless I am missing something?)
Because of this design flaw, I have downloaded a few Romances, Young Adults and Kids books by accident. Actually, this is a good way to serendipitously discover books outside my comfort zone (well, except in the case of the Romances), but on the whole I find it a drag to invest time into a book only to find the writing is better suited to teenagers.
In the case of The Graveyard Book (unlike the Night Angel Trilogy series), the story is engaging, and the writing of a calibre that held my interest. It's a good book and I recommend it.
This was a fun book, especially being read from Gaiman himself. I felt like a was a kid being told a creepy story next to a campfire. Light hearted yet ghostly!
The guardians were the best. They are such unlikely characters, but the most caring to Bod.
I thought it was cute when Bod asked they slayer for girl advise.
I easily could havens I many hours to spare.
I can imagine giving this book to one of my kids/nieces/nephews to read at some point, but not till they're a little bit older. 11-15 year olds maybe.
The Graveyard Book is a charming children's story about a boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts. The individual chapters were episodic, but elements from each tied into each other as well as the larger story arc. Parents beware, the story has some dark bits which might bother sensitive children. I recommend a preview of the first chapter before reading to younger kids.
The production quality was particularly noteworthy--Neil Gaiman's narration was excellent, and the audio featured sound effects and spooky musical interludes between chapters.