Neil Gaiman is simultaneously one of the best authors in fantasy and one of the best narrators! This short book has reminded me of his talent, and I will be making it a mission to go back and listen to his books that I have not yet read. He is able to quickly lead the you into an immersive experience, and you will not want to stop listening to return to the real world.
I loved Neil Gaiman's previous work on the Sandman series and after seeing the great reviews for this audio book, I figured I'd give it a listen. Compared to some other audio books, this is on the short side. However, the story had my girlfriend and I totally enthralled as we worked on some arts and crafts stuff over the weekend. Mr. Gaiman also gives a phenomenal narration. I really enjoyed his pacing and how he brings out the emotion of a scene. This audio book has really set the bar high.
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
I think the very best part was the Dance Macbre. It was a beautiful and touching vision of this strange dance.
The main character, Nobody. He had a gravitas that was beyond his years but believable.
The final discussion between Nobody and his Guardian almost brought me to tears. Moving, not maudlin.
Toward the end, I was a little confused and had to leap in thought to figure it out. But,... it was good for the brain. This was so well written and performed I recommend it for anyone.
Neil Gaiman's narration was amazing. He had spot-on accents and dialog for all of his wildly varied characters.
My favorite character was Silas. He was mysterious, aloof, reliable, wise and even loving in his own special way.
This was my first Neil Gaiman performance, but it certainly won't be the last.
I laughed throughout the story and I got teary at the end of this book.
I listened to this book with my 14 year old and she enjoyed it as much as I did. The description sounds more scary than it actually was. Gaiman somehow manages to present rather gory and frightening elements with a touch of humor.
Neil Gaiman ruins all other audible books for me --- his reading is so perfect and keeps you so involved in the story (and of course the stories themselves are fantastic!), that all other books seem pale by comparison. Even the books that aren't read by the author (such as American Gods), are still some the best listens I have ever listened!!
As a verbal storyteller, Neil Gaiman's voice is rich with variations and imitations, with pauses, gentle stirrings of the voice, low murmers contrasted against vibrant, resonant proclamations... A real joy, thank you very much!
American Gods is another eerie story that brings the surreal right up to the edge of believability. .
Wonderful, engaging story
The timing and cadence of his characters
not your usual coming of age story
We all enjoyed this story - from parents to teenager to 8 year-old
This is my favorite audiobook so far.
It is hard to pick my favorite character, there are so many! Bod, of course, and Miss LePescu, Silas too.
I think the scene of the Danse Macabre, with the townfolk all dancing with their cemetery neighbors was wonderful.
I had already read the book, so I knew what was coming. I really enjoyed the performance, and would have liked to hear it all in one sitting, but that would have been impossible.
A great audiobook, it held my interest from beginning to end. I highly recommend it to everyone. Not too scary for young ones, and very entertaining to me as an adult.
I Gaiman is such a fabulous writer. This book did not disappoint. I highly recommend it for story and narration.
I have not read the print version, but the author's reading of the book was perfect!!
Neil Gaiman writes unique books; I have never read another quite like The Graveyard Book.
Bod, with Silas a close second
The ending, but I don't want to spoil that by too much description
One-of-a-kind story, enhanced by a wonderful reading by the author