"Delightful tale wonderfully narrated"
This is a delightful adult fairytale beautifully narrated. I loved the gothic style, very Tim Burton-esque. A wonderful journey for the ears! Will listen to it again and again. Highly recommened.
"fab book neil, but why the loud music???"
no!! the music separating the chapters/parts is unbearable, too loud and too intrusive. shame because neil reads so well.
absolutely! when you read like him you don't need to put on funny voices.
"I couldn't Finish it"
Although a very imaginative book I couldn't finish it. Maybe would have enjoyed it if I was 12/13. To me this would be a far better film than it is a book and I do believe that Disney have bought the rights to it, I will look forward to watching in a few years time.
like listening to a story when you were a child but written for any age. One you can listen to again and again.
It is a story like no other.
Beautiful and haunting.
It is billed as a book for a younger audience - but this is a story that will grip any heart - no matter the age
"Very enjoyable and a good introductory kids book"
Quite new to Neil Gaiman. You have to accept it will all become super natural. Some issues with rationale for initial plot but if you get over that, it's an enjoyable
Listen. The performance by Gaiman is very good.
"A masterly performance!"
More than a nod to Roald Dahl's way of mingling the unbelievable and the absolutely sensible characters,this book kept me gripped to the end, ignoring the arrival of the cleaner (who, no doubt, saw me as rude). Great to hear the fantastical revived in such a masterly way,with a light unfrightening touch, dealing with perhaps frightening topics, unlike Michael Moorcroft. Well worth a listen, even for adults.
"Stick with it"
Took a good while for this to get going, but the end result is fantastic, well written and well read.
"Fast paced, amusing, insightful."
Yet another well crafted tale from Neil Gaiman. Instantly likeable characters and unexpected twists. I wasn't sure whether I'd like Neil's performance but I was pleasantly surprised - it was a corker. A storyteller at their best.
"A wonderful book for anyone of any age"
Right up at the top, alongside Neverwhere (also a Gaiman), Heart of Darkness (Conrad) and Richard Armitage's reading of love poetry.
The danse macabre!
The final chapter where Bod was growing up made me want to cry into my tea - it was moving without being slushy and that made it all the more touching.
Listen to it! I avoided The Graveyard Book for a while, thinking that I wouldn't like it because it was written for children. Having read it, I'm very glad I changed my mind - it's a wonderful book. I think I read an interview with Gaiman once where he said that when he writes for children, he is particularly choosy about the words he uses, because as there are fewer words in children's novels he can't afford to be sloppy and use words that he just happens to like. You can really see that in The Graveyard Book, because the word and the sphrasing and the overall structure are just absolutely perfect.
On a slightly different note, I love that Bod's love of stories is reflected in the episodic structure of the novel - I can imagine the ghosts in the graveyard telling Bod's story in this way for centuries to come.