It may be listed as a kid's book, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable listen as an adult. Well thought out and written, the story revealed itself at an excellent pace. And, Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job telling the story. He's great to listen to - good pacing, good voices, not over the top or bland.
The beginning was far to dark and scary for my 4 younger children (ages 2-9) but the rest of the book was too bland for my 12 year old or myself. It was like Dean Koontz wrote a few sections in a Casper the Friendly Ghost book. I think it would have been a fine children's story if it omitted the details about the murders in the beginning. Do kids really need to visualize where the bodies were? And the section about the indigo man was pretty dark for middle readers, IMHO.
I have mixed feelings about Neil Gaiman's children/young adult fiction, but "Graveyard" was a winner. "Coraline" was charming and creepy, but I found "Stardust's" sex scenes plain inappropriate, especially for that genre. (Gaiman's occasional sliding into graphic coarseness is the reason why I avoid his adult fiction altogether.) He is a skilful storyteller, though, and I took a chance on "The Graveyard Book." I was very pleased by both the smoothness of the plot, the enjoyable characterization, and some well paced surprises (one of which at least did take me completely by surprise). And it was genuinely older kid/young adult friendly with no inappropriate scenes in my opinion; the scary bits were handled with tact and discreet detail hinted but not spelled out whenever something violent or scary was occuring. Gaiman's own reading style is one I find delightful and so "Graveyard" is a risk that paid off in full for me.
A mix between Harry Potter and middle earth, leaning towards middle earth. If thats your thing you will love it. If not don't use your credit.
This short book is charming from start to finish. Neil Gaiman did a stellar job of narrating his story.
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I had been waiting to listen to this for quite some time and am glad I finally did. As usual Gaiman is at his best, both as a writer and a narrator in this story. I think it is an excellent listen for both children and adults, though younger children might be upset by the dark tones of the book and the murders at the very beginning. But I sincerely came to love all of Gaiman's characters, and the details of graveyard life were fascinating.
Wow, based on the rating and responses, I had expected a lot more from this book. The book isn't bad, just not great
I purchased this book based on the wonderful reviews written by other listeners. After listening to the first 3 cd's I could not figure out what the fuss was all about. The narration was very good but the story went nowhere, just jumping from one unusual character to another, never grabbing my interest. Keeping my focus on the book was getting difficult. I stopped listening. Maybe the story would get better but it certainly was not what the reviewers made me expect. The emperor is not wearing any clothes.
What a wonderful story. I LOVED it! Great story read by Gaiman made it simply Perfect in every way. I wany MORE of this story. This is a story I plan to listen to or read every year. Wonderful! Even better than Coraline or Stardust (if that's even possible!!).
Read, listen and share this wonderful, wonderful MASTERFUL story. Thank you again Neil Gaiman for reminding me what a great storyteller you are and (hopefully) will continue to be for many years!
My 12-yr old son and I listened to this one together, each of us enjoying the author's animated recounting of this most entertaining tale, which reaches to each reader's level of understanding of the complexity of the story, making it enjoyable for young and old alike.