I listened for about two hours into this book and simply became so bored I quit listening. The concept is good, or at least I thought it sounded good from other reviewed. However, I just didn't care about the characters. Without that, who can care about the book? I regret spending the credit.
The performance is spectacular. The story is better suited to a young audience. Being a middle aged adult, I lost interest.
It was the first time I've listened to a book narrated by it's own author. I think it really adds something, as the intent of the story is ingrained, not interpreted. Of course the fact the Neil Gaiman has a dreamy voice helped a great deal.
I liked the matter-of-factness of it the best. This fantastical tale was told as if a boy being raised in such odd circumstances was really nothing out of the ordinary. It somehow made it even more intriguing.
I liked near the end, when the man Jack found himself in the crypt. It was the perfect way to deal with him. (I want to say more, but it would be a spoiler, so I'll remain vague.)
I connected with many parts of the book - much more than I usually do.
I'm going to listen to all of Neil Gaiman's books that he narrates himself. I really liked the nuance he brought to the story, without it being over
Solid plot, beautiful prose and amazing reader: Neil Gaiman does it all.
The part fantastical, part realistic aspect of Gaiman's books, give you that opportunity to break from the ordinary and let yourself be absorbed into a different world. The characters are extremely likeable and by the time you're done "The Graveyard Book", you'll be wishing there was more.
I'm definitely going to purchase more Neil Gaiman audiobooks - especially if I can find other ones read by him!
No. The story has the pacing of an old ghost story that is intreging in a short story but tireeome in a novel.
No. It drags.
I'm a literary agent, mother of two, and newly obsessed audiobook lover. I do most of my listening while walking our dog.
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK has enough sinister elements to keep you on the edge of your seat (I even jumped once), while still being playful and witty. It's definitely middle-grade/YA, but for the brave reader who is not prone to nightmares. And everyone should listen to at least one Neil Gaiman book. His reading his off-the-charts fantastic. I loved this all the way through and highly recommend it. It would be particularly good for a family road trip.
I "read" a lot of books using Audible, and although I tend to listen to classic stories such as Dickens mixed with Lee Child, John Sanford, some Stephen King and a variety of other non-fiction books, this story turned out to be a real gem.
When I first played the story I thought I made a mistake and that it was a kiddie book. Not so! I'm over 60 years old and found the book to be very entertaining in an odd way that kept me glued to the story. A child raised by graveyard inhabitants is not your everyday book. Especially when the main character can use "skills" learned from the dead to protect himself from the living that have bad intentions.
Can you imagine being raised by ghosts (that's a rather simplistic name after reading this book) from many years past and learning all the things that they knew when alive and even when dead? Well, with the help of this story and the author's excellent narration, you might just get a glimpse of what could be, maybe even might be, if we're lucky.
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...