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!
Say something about myself? Hmmmm, let's see......ummm...I read....and read....oh! Right! I read some more! And I like coffee ;)
I am usually plaques by nightmares or depressing dreams. Falling asleep is not an easy thing for me. I don't know what it is about this story that is so appealing to me but it helps with that. It is by no means boring. It just helps to distract my brain enough with something interesting and imaginative to help me fall asleep. It sometimes helps with the nightmares as well. I almost wish audible had a repeat feature :)
Excellent novel for older children, teens and adults alike. Gaiman writes and reads beautifully in this creepy, fun and memorable story.
Dark, alluring, entertaining.
Coraline, of course!
Gaiman's performance made the book. I would have loved the book anyway, but he reads line and dialogue in a way that never would have occurred to me!
Yep--I think I actually did!
Neil Gaiman's magical magical voice. It's the best way to hear his books really
THE RATS! so creepy!
Everything. He's a master and I love him deeply.
Gaiman is the perfect reader of his own stories, he presents his story with the nuance that only its author can deliver.
Coraline is one of Gaiman's most approachable stories, truly for children of all ages, meaning simply that it recalls in all of us the uncertainties and resultant horrors of living in this world as a child. Gaiman brings us all our fears remembered, and ultimately overcome. A classic modern tale.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (creepy) - This is a very dark story about an alternate world on the other side of a door in Coraline's home. When young Coraline (probably age 10ish) discovers the door and passes through, she meets twisted versions of her parents and neighbors, talking rats, a talking cat and other strange creatures. She becomes involved in a dangerous life-and-death game of strategy against her "Other Mother" and, in particular, one of her detachable hands. Coraline is smart and resourceful for a young girl her age and manages to come up with a pretty clever way to win the game, save the day and eliminate the threat of the villainous hand!
I thought the story was unique and somewhat interesting, but I can't help wonder what Gaimon's target audience actually was meant to be. As an adult listener, I thought it was fairly juvenile but, on the other hand, I think it would be too dark or intense for many children.
PERFORMANCE - Gaimon himself reads this work, and he does a good job. Not so sure that the weird songs added anything, but they were kind of creepy.
OVERALL - As stated above, I question what age group Gaimon wrote this book for, but maybe girls around 10-12 years old would find it enjoyable, perhaps even as a Halloween listen. No adult situations or language, but quite a bit of creepy characters and events, the type that can cause bad dreams...
....I was even a bit scared by it! What a great story...with an ending that didn't disappoint. I was expecting the ending to be a happy little fluffy ending but WAIT....there was more....how exciting and fabulous!!! Coraline was a wonderful and very smart heroine and the book had a lot of interesting and spooky and gooey and creepy twists and turns. It was so much fun to read that I decided to go out and check out the audio book at the library for my kids to listen to. How much fun was that to listen too???!!! Neil Gaiman narrates the book and he is wonderful.......just wait until you hear the rats sing.......creepy, creepy, creepy. My kids just ate it up.....they loved it and couldn't get enough of it!
A great listen for all from YA to adults. Neil Gaiman has written a good story and does a marvelous job of narrating it.