Like the Harry Potter books, "The Graveyard Book" is one of those page-turners that parents will read to their children at bedtime and then secretly keep reading after the kids are asleep. Audible should really consider a 6-star scale for Gaiman; he's that good. Plus, he's a great narrator.
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The first bit of this recording has the usual "This is Audible Kids!" announcement, but that is hardly fair. Why should kids be the only ones to enjoy the graveyard?
Bod's story is told perfectly by Gaiman himself, who could have paid his bills as a professional narrator even if he didn't have an ounce of writing ability. What a treat!
I have a different opinion from a previous reviewer; if this book is too intense for young children, it isn't because of the murder of the family (which, I think, will scare parents more than kids, the way it's written). What may too intense for little kids are the events in Ghulheim, or under The Hill, or when a trusted individual suddenly is revealed for what they really are, but even those are written so little kids may not feel as fearful as we think they might.
I'd say you know your kids best, but I'd only be really cautious with more sensitive kids under the age of 8 or 9.
I loved this book and wish it was 10 times longer. The imagery that Mr Gaiman puts out is as entertaining as the actual storyline. I felt like I was right there sitting on a gravestone watching everything go by.
If you are looking for American Gods revisited, this is not it. If you are looking for a good YA story, this is a good option.
It's a turnabout novel -- instead of ghosts haunting the living. The living is "haunting" the graveyard. But all the demons and ghosts are simply a backdrop to a coming of age story.
And, BTW, the author does a nice job of narrating.
A touching, charming tale of death and life, full of wit and magic. The plot is worn and familiar, but Gaiman's attention to detail in his prose, as well as his beautiful reading, make the story as comfortable as a blanket on a chilly evening.
It was an OK, entertaining story but not the great read everyone else is raving about. Middle of the pack at best.