I had such a good time listening to this book that I didn't want it to end. After Neverwhere I was afraid that Neil Gaiman couldn't capture my imagination so well again....but he did! This is a lovely, well written book with just enough dark to it. And my, can he read his own work! Very unusual. Note: this is not a book for small children but it will appeal to the child in adults.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Over a hundred audio books in 6 years and this is the first time I was moved to write a review. The book was fun and the narrator completely charming, I can't wait to listen again with the family!
I loved the notion of the ghosts being corporeal enough to care for a baby. I love it when an author can cross the lines between young adult fiction and adult fiction. This book has some unsettling scenes for pre-teens, but for the rest of us, worth the time to listen.
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
This story was well-developed and well-written. I also liked the narration, as well. I recommend it to anyone at all, period. I loved the characters in this book even more than the plot (the villain, the guardian, the witch ghost, the poet ghost), and I love how this audiobook led me to a new version of _Danse Macabre_, done by Bela Fleck and Ben Solee. You can find the MP3 on iTunes or Amazon MP3 store; I think it was done especially for this audiobook.
I really ate this up. A fun little fantasy that's very well read. Nothing kills a good story like a bad reader, and I think it's rare to find authors who read their own work well. Gaiman is a first-class reader as well as storyteller.
I purchased this book without knowing it was aimed at teenagers. I started out skeptical, but it won me over quickly. It was well worth the credit. I have never been disappointed by Gaiman.
What a different book. I grit my teeth at the beginning because it begins vague (on purpose) and weird compared to my usual selection in audio books. But I was hooked not too far in and really enjoyed it all the way through. A couple "dull" moments which I fast forwarded through but a delightful tale. With Neil Gaiman reading his own book, you realize you are hearing it as he intended. Which is sometimes a question in audio books. So, grit you teeth, hang in there, and enjoy.