Having read the book "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman and enjoying it thoroughly, I was curious to listen to an audio book performed by the author. The idea of a child raised in a graveyard by ghosts was so compelling that I simply had to give it a try. It is pure brilliance. I never wanted it to end. Neil Gaiman's theatrical reading was absolutely among the best I have ever heard over many years at Audible.com. His capability with regional accents, with subtlety and nuance in reading his own work is simply amazing. The case can be argued that The Graveyard Book may not be for young children but I will say that Harry Potter can be far scarier than this book and perfectly appropriate for children over, say 10 years old. But the support, compassion, love and protection that is given to a child growing up in the most unlikely of places is simply magnificent. I recommend this book to anybody, young or old. It's beautifully written and read.
This book captures the attention of young and old. I have listened to the book twice. Love the story.
Okay, I relish Steven King books as they can create the impossible world, populate it with normal people and make the impossible reality real.
Graveyard - a baby boy bounces down the stairs on his diapered butt as his family is being murdered and as he crawls outside - he enters a graveyard. The spirits adopt the little boy, known to all as BOD - short for ........
Cannot believe how creative and how wondrous this tale is as it flows from baby boy to the end of an evil. The world (a graveyard for God's sake) is an improbabley reality, but it is populated with real personalities fleshed out by the author in King style and this unreal world not only seems possible but makes one wonder every time they pass a graveyard.
Narration is by the author - fantastic! So good, I bought Neverwhere and American Gods - he is the equal of Jim Dale.
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?