I "read" a lot of books using Audible, and although I tend to listen to classic stories such as Dickens mixed with Lee Child, John Sanford, some Stephen King and a variety of other non-fiction books, this story turned out to be a real gem.
When I first played the story I thought I made a mistake and that it was a kiddie book. Not so! I'm over 60 years old and found the book to be very entertaining in an odd way that kept me glued to the story. A child raised by graveyard inhabitants is not your everyday book. Especially when the main character can use "skills" learned from the dead to protect himself from the living that have bad intentions.
Can you imagine being raised by ghosts (that's a rather simplistic name after reading this book) from many years past and learning all the things that they knew when alive and even when dead? Well, with the help of this story and the author's excellent narration, you might just get a glimpse of what could be, maybe even might be, if we're lucky.
Found this because Audible recommended it... Good book for any age (was worried it would be too young adult for me)...
This authored has managed to put a fresh and clever face on this type of novel. Every bit was interesting, witty and felt real. My only regret was no follow up books and no movie.
You will enjoy it.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The story is so different and entertaining, unlike anything I've read before. The idea of a human child being raised and protected by the inhabitants of an old graveyard -- well, Gaiman pulls it off beautifully.
Of course, I loved the main character,
The characterizations were done so well. I'm not sure it would have made quite the same impact on me if I'd just read the story...
I didn't read the print for this book because I saw the author was reading it, although I did buy the book. Gaiman is fantastic. I enjoyed hearing it the way he meant the story to be heard.
Gaiman has a unique perspective in his story telling I find very refreshing. I've read many of his books.
The main character Bod is fascinating to imagine as he matures through this story.
I enjoyed this story and now have my 15 yr old son listening to it.
Neil Gaiman has a lovely speaking voice. He very quickly drew me in to the story.
this was a unique concept
Silas - I liked that he was straightforward
ALL characters were performed well
I felt extremely satisfied with the ending
I hope there will be a sequel to this story.
Loved the imaginative storytelling.
The boy-hero and the
The Man Jack (pure evil), but all characters were terrific!
Wanted to keep listening.
Recommend for ages 10+, but easily a young adult or adult audio book.
I absolutely love this book. The audio production was stellar! I loved the many voices (characters) the soundtrack between chapters and above all the story. GREAT, GREAT book. The only problem now is that it will be hard to find additional audio books that meet or surpass the caliber and production quality of this book.
The love between Bod and his Silas. The chapter when Bod runs away.
There were so many. I do not know how he kept the voices separate...I would have been confused. I particularly loved Liza Hempstock, Silas and Miss Lupescu
The end of the book, saying goodbye to his mother.
Loved it...I now will read other Neil Gaiman books.
I agree with the reviews that say Tweens or older. It is a great story that deals with macabre subjects very lightly and with humor. Great story!