"Spooky, gripping and very original"
Possibly. There is an element of mystery and excitement that might be lost but there was so much detail and nuance through the story that I might enjoy it on a different level the next time.
I really can't think of one. It really is very different to anything I've read before. It's as spooky as a Stephen King, as imaginative as a Terry Pratchett and quirky as a Jonas Jonasson. Very unique.
It does focus around Bod, the principal character, however the supporting characters are very rich indeed. I did find myself wanting to know more about Liza Hempstock the deceased witch who appears from time to time, but as with a lot of the story, not knowing about the characters is as important to the story telling as knowing about them.The narration by Gaiman was excellent, certainly on-par with many dedicated voice actors.It seems odd to say but I felt I could really hear him enjoying the narration!
I certainly finished it in a couple of days and time skipped along when listening
Very different to my usual audiobook and it's definitely not for everyone. I think it's really aimed at older children and teenagers but there is plenty there for a grown-up like me!
The story of Bod and his elusive and remarkable guardians is one of the most bewitching children's/adult stories I read in a very very long time. I especially enjoy listening to to Neil's work when he reads them himself as you know that it's told the way he meant to be and this makes is all the more magical.
Yes I felt the familiar tugging of kinship between the 'Jacks' and the despicable Mr's Croup and Vandemar but that made it all better for me, almost like the underworld of villains who conspire and plot in the world of Gaimon can all be dug up from the same nefarious place.
In short, I would highly recommend not only this but all of the works by Neil Gaimon. Especially those he narrates personally. Neil Gaimon has made readers of my children in an X box age and surely, this is magic in itself?
"Awesome & magical"
Really great I can't fault it. Thoroughly engrossing. Stirling performance from the author. A magically creepy tale.
"Top marks again mr Gaiman!"
I genuinely loved this little story, it brought an ounce of pleasure to my daily commute.
A beautiful balance of humour and tragedy with loveable characters throughout.
Lovely to hear the author tell his story so we can hear what the characters sounded like as he wrote them in.
Keep up the good work Mr Gaiman!
A lovely story read by Neil Gaiman himself.
I saw that some reviewers did not like the occasional piece of music at the beginning or end of some chapters. Personally I thought it was a very appropriate piece - it being La Danse Macabre de Camille Saint-Saëns. It didn't interfere with my enjoyment of this delightful story of a child brought up and protected by dead people. He encounters and interacts with all the creatures of the underworld, some of them totally different in character to the idea we have of them. As for the Jacks, well...
Do listen to this wonderful story.
"interesting book and story"
it was interesting to look at life from different perspective. it felt like u want to live a better life and use what u have, living :-)
Not all authors should voice their own audiobooks, but Neil Gaiman does it beautifully! Creepy and fascinating and sad, this is a joy to listen to.
I really enjoyed listening to this story.
It was full of action. It was also happy and sad and loving.
Really recommend. Not my usual genre but I can honestly say I enjoyed it
"Perfectly Neil Gaiman"
I haven't read the print edition of this book, but the production of the Audible title was beautiful. A frantic performance of "Danse Macabre" punctuates each chapter beautifully.
The opening scene is fantastic. Wonderfully dark and exciting!
A book read by its author is a special thing. Neil Gaiman has a beautiful reading voice and is very talented at voicing his characters.
This was a warm, dark, and heartfelt listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
a wonderful adventure, read exquisitely well. true , the music between chapters is a little unnecessary, but it adds a little personality to the modern tale of good overcoming the bad.
I'd recommend this to the young and old in equal measure.