"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.
"Great story. I just wish Neil wasn't narrating..."
Almost anyone. This is the bit that lets it down for me, and has put me off buying others by Gaiman. It's not that there's anything wrong with him as a storyteller, but having heard genuinely talented voice actors working on stuff like this (such as Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's blindingly good work on Rivers Of London), I've come to realise just how much an excellent voice can add to a story, and although I'm utterly in awe of Neil Gaiman's imagination and creative abilities, he's no more than a mediocre reader. I feel like I'm betraying a friend when I say that, but it's true.
"I wish I had this book as a kid!"
This book was just perfect. Neil Gaiman took something scary like graveyards and death and turned it into a brilliantly funny children's book. It might be a little too scary for the youngest, but I would definitely call it a children's book. However, I'm an adult and I still LOVED it, so it really a book for everyone. If I ever have my own children we are definitly reading this at bedtime.
At certain times the book seemed a bit disjointed or difficult to follow, but this may be because it was my first audio book and I'm not used to not being able to read over something again, but it's a beautifully charming book. You grow to love the characters and Neil Gaimans voice is a joy to listen to. The storyline isn't very intricate or detailed, and I find the ending a little underwhelming, but I do not regret choosing this as my first audio book, it's a wonderful little story none the less. I would recommend it!
"Everything you want from a Neil Gaiman book"
Very high. The story was captivating, enchanting, spooky and touching. The narration was AMAZING
The dance macabre. It just felt pure Gaiman, odd, wonderful, slightly unnessary but also sort of essential.
His beautiful wonderful voice. I loved the story, but I think I love his voice more if I'm honest.
He made me feel like I was five years old and sitting in primary school crossed legged on a carpet at story time on a sunny afternoon. "Are you all sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Once upon a time...".
The last scene.
If audible ever put up "The phone book - 250 hours of alphabetised names and 11 digit numbers, read for you by Neil Gaiman" I will be preordering.
The story is good too, honest.
The story was brilliant and funny!!! The end was so funny that I laughed so loudly!!!
I would suggest that you put it on the recommended list.
And I give it 5 stars because of what I just said.