Found this because Audible recommended it... Good book for any age (was worried it would be too young adult for me)...
This authored has managed to put a fresh and clever face on this type of novel. Every bit was interesting, witty and felt real. My only regret was no follow up books and no movie.
You will enjoy it.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The story is so different and entertaining, unlike anything I've read before. The idea of a human child being raised and protected by the inhabitants of an old graveyard -- well, Gaiman pulls it off beautifully.
Of course, I loved the main character,
The characterizations were done so well. I'm not sure it would have made quite the same impact on me if I'd just read the story...
I didn't read the print for this book because I saw the author was reading it, although I did buy the book. Gaiman is fantastic. I enjoyed hearing it the way he meant the story to be heard.
Gaiman has a unique perspective in his story telling I find very refreshing. I've read many of his books.
The main character Bod is fascinating to imagine as he matures through this story.
I enjoyed this story and now have my 15 yr old son listening to it.
Neil Gaiman has a lovely speaking voice. He very quickly drew me in to the story.
this was a unique concept
Silas - I liked that he was straightforward
ALL characters were performed well
I felt extremely satisfied with the ending
I hope there will be a sequel to this story.
Loved the imaginative storytelling.
The boy-hero and the
The Man Jack (pure evil), but all characters were terrific!
Wanted to keep listening.
Recommend for ages 10+, but easily a young adult or adult audio book.
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.