As author and narrator, Mr. Gaiman does an outstanding job. This is the second book of his that I have listened to and he has become one of my favorite authors.
The author's many, sometimes almost contradictory, talents, his imagination, his sentiment, his ironic touch, his grasp of horror, and his ability to write characters we can root for, all come together perfectly. I would have loved it as a child, and I love it now, as an adult.
It is closest in feel and style *Stardust,* but set in a world of modern magic and horrors, seen through the eyes of an orphan boy given "the fredom of the graveyard" and growing up among the friendly dead.
When I ordered this book, I did not realize it was a children's book. No matter,it is a fascinating story, in the manner of Harry Potter. There were a few escapades that I did not think added to the story, but kids will love them. Very well written and read by the author. A wonderful fantasy and in it's own way, a love story.
I can not believe this book won Audio of the year - more staggering are the positive reviews, ostensibly written by adults. I feel hoodwinked and cheated! Granted the book is listed under audible for kids, it should be listed under audio for toddlers. It is one step above "Dick and Jane" or "see spot run" If this book is for all ages then Harry Potter is for Nobel Laureates.
Bod, the UK version of Casper, goes on a series of little adventures that have a bit of a creepy element, but are quickly resolved in about 10 minutes with a happy ending, a la Scooby-do meets Casper Saturday morning cartoons. Then he goes on his next adventure. I couldn't bear it. I tried, I really tried, and I've managed to finish some real stinkers- this book holds the dubious honor of being both one of the shortest in my library of hundreds and the ONLY book I have ever been unable to finish. When I say unable, I mean it- incapable- I'd rather get a root canal. What a waste.