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.
This is one of my favourite Gaiman stories ever! Although technically a story for children, it's full of that magical charm, creepiness and wit that makes all of Gaiman's work so engaging. A great read!
This book is weird and boring. Couldn't listen to it. My mother tried it and turned it off after 5 minutes. I listened when I had nothing else to listen to. Not for me at all. I'm surprised people like this.
I'm an eater of Words.
I've given Gaiman a few chances. Not very impressed. This book made me worry about the solidity of my brain and if it dribbled out of my ear. The most interesting part of this book was the main characters name, and that isn't saying much. I feel sorry for Gaiman, this is far from the quality of Sandman.
I condem the board that voted this an Audie award winner. Unlike movies when a book wins an award it better be good on some level. This is not a popularity contest! Have some credibility. Did you even listen to this book?
This Neil Gaiman is truly a gifted story teller. Not only is the story amazing, but the way he tells it is sublime. Truly the best of all worlds this story was a joy to listen too.
The Constant Knitter
One of the most captivating listens for an audible book, made even better by its own author's reading of it.
Nobody Owens is a fairly normal young man, but that he lives with the dead. When his family members are murdered in their beds by The Man Jack, a curious toddler wanders innocently from his home and into the loving arms of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a jovial pair who make their home in a graveyard, and because of some morbid fascination with the dead, but because they themselves are deceased, and they are not the only restless spirits lurking about. The graveyard is inhabited by the old (a roman aristocrat), the forgotten (a girl forever burdened with the title of witch) and the undead (a kindly vampire with his fair share of secrets). Together, they will determine the fate of this unique young man, and each will play a crucial part in his inevitable confrontation with The Man Jack, all while helping young Bod through the trials and tribulations of his lonesome childhood and his more restless teenage years.
With The Graveyard Book, Gaiman has created a masterpiece of young adult fiction. The story of Nobody "Bod" Owens is both fantastical and relatable. No one seems as adept as Gaiman at blending the humdrum with the epic. The audiobook is given even more gravitas by the music of banjo superstar Bela Fleck and Gaiman's always wonderful narration. One wishes he could do the same with his masterpiece American Gods, currently narrated by the anachronistic George Guidall.
Also recommended is The Anansi Boys as read by Lenny Henry.