Although coraline is not one of my favourite Neil Gaiman books, this recording by the author is a must listen. Coraline is Gaiman???s rather dark and edgy reworking of the Alice story. Moving into a new flat with her workaholic parents, coraline discovers a door in the parlour that opens onto a brick wall. While her parents are out one afternoon, Coraline opens the door to find another flat on the other side of the door. The world she discovers is like her own but different in a way that is both dark and disturbing. Button-eyed versions of the people she knows live beyond the door and her other mother and other father care for Coraline in a way that her real parents do not. Unlike Alice who finds herself in a dream-world full of nonsense and silly characters, coraline becomes trapped in a nightmare full of grotesque creatures from which she must escape.
This book is full of disturbing images that is unlike Gaiman???s other works for young people. However, Gaiman himself reads the book, and his clean, measured performance brings it to life in an unforgettable way. I tend not to like audio books read by the author, but this one is the exception. Four stars for the book, and five stars for Gaiman???s narration.
Although this is ostensibly a children's book, I would hesitate to let my 10-year-old listen to it because it's really rather disturbing. For anyone older than ten, though, it's a lovely read, and Gaiman's narration adds a great deal. Coraline's dark adventure with the "other" mother is chilling and paced exquisitely. Highly recommended!
I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter, and decided to read it first so that I could make sure it wasn't too scary, and so that we could talk about it. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't put it down. Wonderfully spooky and evocative -- and delightfully scary (but not too scary). Now I have the audiobook for my daughter, and other kids in the family. By the way, she really liked it too!
It's been nearly 4 years to the day, actually, since I read Coraline for the first time. Hearing it performed by the author (I could listen to Gaiman read anything) is a real treat. The voice and words wash over you and pull you effortlessly into the world of a young girl and the danger that threatens to end her very existence. It has suspense, peril, and the kind of bone chilling horror that you rarely find outside a Stephen King novel.
Just about anything with his name on it is pure gold. Such a cute story about the dangers of wanting what you can't have. Neil is a master story weaver and an unparalleled narrator. His voice is melodic and pleasing to the ear. One of his best children's books! Second only to "The Graveyard Book". Don't skip this one!
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Did not appeal to me. I kept reading the first chapter and it never resonated with me.
adorably creepy fable
Coraline herself is a very colorful depiction of most little girls her age.
Great book for little kids.
I've loved reading and re-reading Coraline since I first read it soon after it was originally published, and this audiobook rendition is absolutely stellar. Neil Gaiman narrates his own novel, and his performance is pretty much perfect. Clear and easy to follow, yet expressive enough to make the book even more entertaining that the print version was. There's also a few decent musical pieces that are suitably creepy, albeit a little forgettable.