This is a fun and slightly spooky (but not in a nasty way) book that I really really enjoyed. In fact, my entire house was cleaned while I listened to this (great motivation). I wouldn't give this one to kids under about 10 years old, but it really is a charming book for those who know it is fully fiction. Because it is a young adult book it has one main story, which makes it easy listening. I really recommend this book and will be purchasing others by the same author now.
The narration was so very good that I didn't even notice it and was engrossed in the story. Well done Neil on both the writing and reading!!!!
This is a very enjoyable plot despite being set in such a dark location. All facits of our nature are explored as the young 'Bod' grows and explores not only his suroundings but his own character. Trying to find his rightful place in such an unusual environment with strange (deceased) characters as his guides, 'Bod' is fleshed out by the colourful and graphic writing style used by this author. The audio is good and Neil Gaiman brings you into the story with his easy reading style.
Those of who frequent Audible, know full well the importance of a good reader. A clunky performance can ruin a terrific book, while a great one can bring a whole cast of characters to life. I know that I myself have selected books solely based on who the narrator was (Simon Vance, look him up). So it’s obvious why writers aren’t often selected to read their own work. Because they write! They’re not performers, and most aren’t expected to be. If you put so much effort into writing an enthralling story, you don’t want to have the whole thing ruined simply because you didn’t take elocution lessons as a child.
Thus my raised eyebrow at the fact Mr. Gaiman chose to tell his own tale. Was it a marketing gimmick? Was it a writers’ ego getting in the way of his good sense?
The truth is simply this. Neil Gaiman is a storyteller.
It is such a treat to hear a writer read the story in the way that it obviously plays out in his own dark and brilliant mind. To hear the voices of the characters they way he wants you to hear them. Gaiman’s pacing is great and his tone is deep, eerie and strangely comforting. If fact it suits the story perfectly.
I have never read the Jungle Book, so I don’t know how much of Bod’s journey mimics Mowgli’s or how much Gaiman channels Kipling. But I can tell you it is an amazing story in its own right, the sort of mysterious and scary story that I wanted to have when I was a child.
This is a rare opportunity audiobook fans; to hear a tale from the creators own lips and actually enjoy it.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on vacation with my girlfriend. The story is great and it really comes to life with narration of Neil Gaiman, I recommend this to anyone.
If you're only going to read or buy a book from audible, let this be it! What a great story! What compelling narration! Thank you Neil Gaiman! This is not just a book for kids. I bought this book because it sounded so interesting! And so it was! More than interesting, it was engaging and addictive listening. The characters came to life for me listening to this book! So buy it for you, THEN buy it for your kids! :-)
I was very taken with the story of this wonderful book, which can be read and heard by anyone - teenager or grown-up alike. The entire book is very sweet and almost naive, but at the same time, there are both scary characters and children as heroes. The main character, Nobody Owens, is very innocent but at the same time strong and open to all the things. I highly recommend this book - I heard it in one fell swoop and could not bear to press pause. The author is very talented, painting pictures with every word!
The characters don’t change during the book but the solution mystery is nice.
Very well read, maybe it contributed to the reason I finished it.
A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.