Neil Gaiman at his masterful best - both as author and narrator.
May be a little intense for children under 12, but enjoyable for anyone over that age. Themes of love, redemption, courage, and loyalty.
As author and narrator, Mr. Gaiman does an outstanding job. This is the second book of his that I have listened to and he has become one of my favorite authors.
Don't know why everybody else got excited about it. It's a very simple story - a boy with some supernatral talent, and then a simple plot. That's all. The narrator is great though.
He had me from the beginning till the very end. I want more from this author. Rich use of charactors, settings and the unexpected.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Gaiman's strength as a writer is coming up with completely unique settings or to be more blunt, plain ol' weird settings.
Am I the only one here who finds Gaiman stories just too strange for words? I'll give him an "O" for originality but otherwise between the terror and the sweetness is precious little space to put yourself in the shoes of the character since the situation is so far removed from reality. Odd, I often find many negative reviews of what are good books and many people highly recommend this author of a book about a child in given the "freedom of the graveyard." There is good comedy, suspense, and clever writing but Gaiman's settings make many of the most far out science fiction or fantasy book settings seem realistic. It is a cute little story but certainly not for young kids. (A ghoul gate, evil serpent guardians, murders.) I'd never read this to a small child.
Having read all so many rave reviews I suppose I set my expectations to high (since some really good writing gets panned by reader reviews) He isn't a BAD writer, but a reader should be able to imagine and explain (at least a bit) but his thing for very odd settings is not entertaining. Finally a major character's actions and abilities are never really explained. It's obvious that particular character was more like a necessary plot device. I don't mean to be the "party-pooper" but I see an emperor with no clothes and while this WASN'T a BAD book I can, in no WAY see it getting FIVE whole STARS in even one review. (I don't mean to offend Gaiman lovers though, there's just no accounting for tastes) Still, so many books GREAT BOOKS that get SO LITTLE public response that one can't help wonder if Gaiman has an entire team of friends, family and neighbors writing nice things about his book to boost his stats.
I absolutely loved this book! The story is wonderful and Neil Gaiman is a great narrator, I loved his accent. Listened to this twice in a row, couldn't get enough. You won't be disappointed.