Read. Listen. Live.
This is a GREAT book. Although the beginning is a bit scary for younger kids, the story is captivating, well-written and makes you wish it would never end... thank you Neil Gaiman for the hours of enjoyment I spent with my son, listening to your imagination run wild in perfectly crafted prose.
Good vocabulary. Good life lessons. Just creepy enough to keep them interested but not cause nightmares!!
Not bad. Not great.
I wonder *why* someone wouldn't want their kids to read/listen to this book? My kiddo would have loved it when she was younger (she's in University now). Perhaps they're afraid of something a bit more "pagan"...shame. That's the only reason for objection I can think of.
Neil Gaiman is a great narrator, flawless. His writing is spot on. The book just wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. The book has a great spooky vibe and creatures you'll recognize, but aren't announced in bold letters -- which is nice!
It's short, sweet and to the point.
This was the first book that I tried from Audible and loved it.
I have been a big fan of Neil Gaiman for some time and loved this story
No but definitely close. It is hard to beat just reading a book but this one is really fun to listen to.
It is a fun twist on the Jungle Book story, but has enough of its own story that you aren't overwhelmed by trying to compare the to stories. Also I really like the funny twist on feeling like a book for a younger audience but having darker maybe even a little morbid content more for adults.
Silas and Miss Lupescu are my two favorite characters of this book and I was pleased to hear them read very well.
No. I liked it a lot but am very busy and am a person with many interests so I never really read or listen in one sitting. That is why I love books and audio books, you can put them down and just pick it up later.
Great Book! and a great audio book to fit the amazing story. I feel that most author/readers, do one or the other well and this is one that both are done successfully.
Most likely. I haven't read this particular book in print, but having read some of Neil Gaiman's other books, i much prefer to hear him narrate them.
Bod. I enjoyed how he matured in a realistic way as the story progressed.
Neil Gaiman doesn't do voices. Yes, he changes his narration enough so that you can catch which character is speaking, but it's not the over the top change that some narraters fall back on. I find it more engaging and less distracting.
Kindergarten teacher, grandmother of 5, gardener, loves animals and Arizona!
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook for the sheer delight of listening to a masterful narration and storyline.
The path that young Bod's life travels brought to mind "The Talisman," with all its fantastic characters and events. Neil Gaiman creates the most unbelievable story, and renders it believable.
Although there were many, Silas was my favorite character. I found myself anticipating his presence in the novel, and wondering (like the inhabitants of the graveyard) where he had gone in his absence.
Neil Gaiman is an amazing author and a fantastic narrator. This book is geared toward younger audiences, but I loved it so much that I re-listened to it with my husband soon after finishing it the first time. He loved it too! I highly recommend this for adults as well as the younger folks (although I'm not sure I would go too young). I would listen to Neil Gaiman read a cereal box!
The best part about listening to an author read his own work is that you hear his intent. You hear the intended mood swings, the pronunciation and enunciation, the vocal pauses and the unsaid sentences left hanging.
But not all authors should read their own work. The ability to write is not the same as the ability to perform. Using distinctive voices is itself an art form, and not everyone can do it.
As much as I loved this story by Neil Gaiman, I'm not sure he was the right voice for the audio. The children sound too old. The women sound too masculine, (save one that sounded perfect!)
His pace was excellent. Slow and calm actually heightened tension
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. In fact, i used earphones and listened to a great deal of it while sitting at my computer in the office.
Gaiman weaves a magical world around an exceptional child
Bod finds himself trapped in the Pawn Shop closet, and has to figure out how to get back home
I laughed and wondered at the imaginary characters and happenings