Not well-spent. I kept wishing that something would actually happen with these cool characters.
I don't generally go for atypical fiction such as this, ie: kind of young adult, kind of fantasy, so I have yet to figure out just what it was that made The Graveyard Book so remarkably worthwhile for me to read. The discovery (for me) of Neil Gaiman may be a large part of it. His narration is perfect--inviting and calm, wise and direct, and the writing possesses just the precise balance of otherworldliness with real world to allow me to feel, all the way through, that it is completely and precisely True. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more of Gaiman's work.
Although this is an Audible Kids download, I would think it won't be appropriate for children around 10 and below. Mostly preteens and up, maybe. That said, the story was really good. Mr. Gaman's imagination knows no bounds. And, the narration, as always, is excellent.
When I saw that this was a harper childrens book, I thought that my daughter would like it I am glad that I listened to it before I let her it is definatly not a child'd story. It is a great book and I enjoyed it but very disturbing right off the start.
SO MANY STORIES TODAY ARE WRITTEN IN SUCH A FASHION THAT THE OUTCOME OF MOST OF THEIR SUB PLOTS ARE VERY PREDICTABLE AND THE SUB PLOTS MANY TIMES ARE FEW OR OFFER NOTHING THAT IS PERTINENT TO THE REST OF THE STORY EVEN IF IT IS JUST TO UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTERS BETTER AND BUILD A MENTAL PICTURE OF THEIR WORLD IN YOUR OWN MIND MAKING THE STORY YOUR OWN. THIS BOOK DOES THIS VERY WELL AND SURPRISES YOU KEEPING THE MAIN CHARACTER FROM FALLING INTO THE HELPLESS VICTIM CATEGORY MOST THROW THE MAIN CHARACTER INTO. THERE WERE A FEW PLACES I FELT THE STORY BEGAN TO STRAY AND I FELT THE BOOK LEFT TO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AT THE END THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO BUT I ENJOYED THE BOOK GREATLY WITH ITS VERY ORIGINAL PLOT.
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.
An incredible listen. Mr. Gaiman has one of the best voices I've ever heard on any Audible title. His accents, inflections and tonality are astonishing. I was a bit depressed it ended too soon. Highly recommended to anyone of any age.
Neil Gaiman did an excellent job of narrating his story. It kept me captivated. I was sad when the story ended because I just loved Nobody Owens. I really hope that Neil Gaiman writes a sequel to the book somehow, so we can meet up with Bod and Silas again.
It was such a pleasure to listen to this book. An adventure tale that captured my imagination with the first sentences,it held it until the very end. The narration was perfect also. As I listened I could visualize the author creating these wonderful charatacters and I'm sure only he could have brought them so vividly to life. I hope that no one is put off from purchasing this because of the 'YA' category. I think it would be enjoyed by lovers of fiction of almost every age.