Great story, I couldn't put it down and finished in one sitting. Neil's performance was enthusiastic and really added to the story. I hope he comes out with a sequel!! I loved all the characters.
Quirky, terrific book, fantasy with its feet firmly grounded (undergrounded, actually!) Examines the complexities of good and evil without moralizing; instead is always warm, human (even if most of the humans are no longer alive), beautifully written, touching without being sloppy, and a whopping good story.
A human baby whose family has been killed is adopted by the graveyard folk and protected and nurtured until he finally has to determine his own destiny and meet the evil that has threatened him since infancy. He learns all the important lessons of life from the denizens of the graveyard who have lived their lives and have all the wisdom of the ages to pass along. It may sound dark but it is a story filled with light, warmth, wisdom and a generous dose of gentle humor.
Neil Gaiman does an absolutely marvelous performance in reading his own book, gets the voices, accents and tone just perfectly. Altogether a wonderful audiobook. I loved "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and this was every bit as good.
The narrator was consistently energetic, and he was able to bring life to the characters with his voice. I was constantly engaged.
There were so many memorable moments! The first half of the book is like a series of short stories with the same lead character. Each chapter contained its own adventure. The ending, of course, was memorable. Aside from that, the chapter that stood out to me the most was the chapter on the ghoul gate.
I don't want to give anything away, but the end of the chapter with the ghoul gate is my favorite.
I read some other reviews and was warned that the ending could cause one to cry. It didn't make me cry, but it definitely moved me.
I recommended this book to my Mom and her 4th grade class. What a wonderful book. The attention to detail is wonderful, and the characters relatable. Mignon Fogerty of Grammar Girl said she could listen to Neil Gaiman read a tax code. I agree.
Loved the creative ways the author brought these characters to "life!" And having Neil Gaiman read it himself is perfection! I would be curious to know what Bod is up to now in the Living World.....
Yes. Usually I listen on 1 1/2 speed, but I loved hearing the emotion and inflection in Neil's narration, so I listened on the normal speed. Enjoyed every minute
I thought this book was very entertaiing. I am a 30 year old woman and Mr Gaiman's story and preformance kept me engaged as if I were an enthralled adolescent. Conversely, this book would be great for any child as well. I highly recommend it to all.
I love all of Mr. Gaiman's work
In particular, I appreciate when the author narrates their own work.
Yes, Neil Gaiman gives an excellent performance of his own title. The story itself comes across almost as a series of mini-stories (which is more or less how it came to be if I understand correctly) wrapped in a larger and exciting adventure. Unfortunately, the story as a whole just barely misses the mark. Very fun story overall and an absolutely fantastic performance made it still be a great and highly-recommended experience to me.
Lover of many types of genres! Enjoy listening to family novels on long road trips and non-fiction on my commute.
The character development.
Bod was the best part of the whole story. I enjoyed hearing him grow up and learn about the graveyard and the world outside.
It made me laugh and cry. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.
This was a great choice for an audio book.
There's nothing I can say about this book that someone else hasn't already said. Neil's narration is impeccable, the world-building and description are immersive, and I loved the characters immediately. I loved the tension in the story, and was glad that it was thrilling and suspenseful without being horrific or gory. That being said, I did see the "twist" coming from a mile off, but it's a children's book, so I can't really complain about that.