Neil Gaiman is an amazing author and a fantastic narrator. This book is geared toward younger audiences, but I loved it so much that I re-listened to it with my husband soon after finishing it the first time. He loved it too! I highly recommend this for adults as well as the younger folks (although I'm not sure I would go too young). I would listen to Neil Gaiman read a cereal box!
The best part about listening to an author read his own work is that you hear his intent. You hear the intended mood swings, the pronunciation and enunciation, the vocal pauses and the unsaid sentences left hanging.
But not all authors should read their own work. The ability to write is not the same as the ability to perform. Using distinctive voices is itself an art form, and not everyone can do it.
As much as I loved this story by Neil Gaiman, I'm not sure he was the right voice for the audio. The children sound too old. The women sound too masculine, (save one that sounded perfect!)
His pace was excellent. Slow and calm actually heightened tension
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. In fact, i used earphones and listened to a great deal of it while sitting at my computer in the office.
Gaiman weaves a magical world around an exceptional child
Bod finds himself trapped in the Pawn Shop closet, and has to figure out how to get back home
I laughed and wondered at the imaginary characters and happenings
Maybe... but I would definitely recommend it to anyone. We listened to it as a family, and once you get past the terror of the first few minutes, it was enjoyed by us (parents), a 13yo, a 10yo, and a 6 yo.
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The book had a great storyline. I believe that it's fantastic for children it has great characters.
I found the book to be very interesting and allowed my grandson to listen to it.
There was nothing that I did not like about the book
I could not think of any at this time
I liked this book for kids. It's was a good book for my grandson
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Perhaps this is more of a children's book, sort of along the Goosebumps line, but wouls be as oddly inappropriate for a child as it was for this adult.
Voices were difficult to distinguish and not particularly engaging.
Scenes were too long, and devoid of action, express or implied.
I must say it took me a while to listen to this one; only because I was on a trip and kept falling asleep. Once I returned home, I started at the beginning and really enjoyed the entire thing. Go with your imagination on this one, realize Nobody is living in a graveyard and enjoy it. I know I did!
I enjoy listening to audio books because they entertain me while doing other mundane life's chores!!! I am taken to other places and have an eclectic taste!
I didn't know what a treat I was in for. This book changed my views of cemeteries. This is a very clever story and the lessons in the book can be applied to today's life. This book ended up growing on me....I only wish it was longer!! The author did an amazing performance as well. I would love a sequel to book with Nobody Owens.
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The dark and scary become your family when listening to Neil Gaiman's voice from the very beginning. A wonderful thing for the minds eye.
Of course, Caroline comes to mind because of it's own success.
Neil Gaiman has a creamy, silkiness to his voice and he makes the listening experience enticing.
This was a fun read. Neil Gaiman is a great narrator of his audiobooks and I enjoyed his performance.
I would love to see this as a movie with all the quirky ghosties and denizens of the graveyard.