Have not read the print version so don't know but Gaiman does a really good job with the character's voices so am inclined to think the audio version would be better.
The story is incredibly creative and fanciful (and charming) and because of that you can't quite anticipate what lies ahead.
Nope - I haven't.
The story intrigued me but in the beginning I wasn't sure that I liked it. And then I got sucked in and couldn't wait to resume listening.
Well worth downloading.
I would probably listen to another book by this author.
I love books that are read by the author because you get the true feeling the author meant to put behind the words.
This was an enjoyable read but not really inline with my belief of the afterlife. Fantasy but pretty clean, moderately scary, and quite entertaining.
For a supposed children's book, this story is remarkably accessible to adults. Sure, I could see some of the plot points coming, but I kept it in mind that the story was meant for children and I was able to enjoy this book immensely. It has a good story, with great, likable characters, and it's very fun and even a bit thought provoking.
Also, the fact that Neil Gaiman narrates most of his audiobooks is something I will always appreciate. His voice is wonderful, and no one knows the book characters like the author. I always am assured I'm hearing the intended inflection of the sentence, the right way to pronounce a name, the correct pacing for a paragraph.
I would recommend this book through and through.
Couldn't stop listening.
I found the story to be so imaginative and unique and the characters compelling.
Neil Gaiman is a masterful storyteller, listening to him tell his tale made it come to life for me.
I will now have to listen to all of Neil Gaiman's books. I recommend this book to adults of all ages and older children.
Once again Gaiman does not disappoint. Big kids will love this one too. And Gaiman is the best one to read the story. Soo enjoyable
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIOBOOK
My first Neil Gaiman book was American Gods, about which I felt lukewarm. After my review, Gaiman fans said this book would have been a better introduction. Wanting to give this beloved author another chance, I listened to this on audio. (Count Neil Gaiman as one of the authors who is well-suited to narrating his own books. He did a bang-up job.) I listened to this around Halloween, and I was thinking of making it a “mother-son” listen. However, after the first chapter (which has a very chilling massacre of a family), I decided that my rather sensitive son might not be up for it. Although things got considerably lighter after the opening scene, I would caution parents that Gaiman doesn’t hold back on the scary stuff … this is, after all, a book about a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard. The Man Jack (who we meet in the first chapter) was a frightening character, and I know my son would have had nightmares about him. However, for more mature kids (perhaps in the 10- to 12-year range or more mature 8- and 9-year-olds), I think this book would be a great introduction to horror as it is often mixed with humor and things turn out pretty much OK in the end. This certainly was a better introduction to Neil Gaiman, and I’m willing to take on another book. Any suggestions?
Believe it or not, yes. I am an avid reader, and books build a world in my head when I read them, so I often *don't* love listening to someone read it out loud, with the limitations of their own voice.
But Neil Gaiman reads his own work so well that I found myself torn between wanting to listen to it every chance I got and also not wanting it to end!
The main character, Bod, because Gaiman wrote him to be liked, and also he performed him to be liked.
He made each character unique, and evoked their personalities with the way he spoke their lines.
SPOILER ALERT: Bod's rescue from Ghoulheim.
"Shut up and take my money!"
The story and the characters who inhabited the story
The clarity and humanity
A depth to the characters and an added enjoyment to hear it
This was a wonderful story I have been meaning to read for a long time. I am so happy I decided to purchase the audio book when I first joined Audible.
Combines the magic of one of your favorite childhood stories with content matter that an adult would love. If you liked Stardust and Anansi Boys you will love the Graveyard Book. It is not a depressing nor dark book, but full of wonder and excellent story telling.
If all authors could read their stories as well as this then it should be required.
Most of Mr Gaimans other stories; American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Stardust.
The goodbye scene when he realizes that it is time to move on.
Not necessarily - because my wife and I would not have had a chance to talk about it.
Best Gaiman book of all is Anansi Boys - Lenny Henry (I think) is an outstanding narrator. Only possibly better book is all of the Harry Potter books for getting imersed in the story.
Was a fun listen. Will allow my teenager to listen to it. The first few minutes may be a wee bit scary for my 10 year old, but overall I think kids will enjoy the fantasy of it all.