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Coraline | [Neil Gaiman]

Coraline

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
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Publisher's Summary

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different...

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Terrence Warrenton, VA, USA 02-05-10
    Terrence Warrenton, VA, USA 02-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the movie"

    Much like Stardust this is a grown-up fable, and a well done one at that. Gaiman's narration was pleasant, if low key. Like other reviewers have noted, the songs are a little off, but not horrible. I get the feeling they were included to break up the book into managable sections. (Like if played for a kids or in a classroom.) It's well worth the download.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-25-09
    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-25-09
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    "Coraline"

    Oh, the book is much better than the movie. Not to trash the film, but there's more of the Neil Gaiman touch to it than there is portrayed in the movie.

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    Chris 02-09-09
    Chris 02-09-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Brilliant"

    The story is imaginative, insightful, and interesting. The author did a great job of putting the main character in a situation where she needed wit and ingenuity to overcome difficulty. The narrator (who also wrote the book) was convincing as the different characters, and gave each character a life of his/her own.

    I definitely would recommend this book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    plm San Francisco, CA United States 10-24-05
    plm San Francisco, CA United States 10-24-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully creepy"

    This is a short captivating story that totally draws you in. The characters are vividly described, so that you feel you are seeing them. Neil Gaiman is an excellent storyteller, both as the writer and as the narrator. It's been a long time since I've become so caught up in a story that I couldn't turn it off, I had to find out what happened next. It might be a little too creepy for very small children, but everyone else should enjoy it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 06-06-05
    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 06-06-05 Member Since 2013

    Susan B.

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    "Enjoyed by kids and adults alike"

    My kids loved this story so much they wanted to listen to it again immediately after it finished! Neil Gaiman reads it beautifully, and the singing rats were a real treat! The story is nicely complemented by the original music. Although the story is a bit spooky, neither of the kids (6 & 9 yo) was frightened by it. We are now anxious to listen to more Neil Gaiman stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 03-20-12
    Jennifer Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2010

    moeba

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    "Great Quick Story!"

    Written much like a kids book- Character confronts darkness with bravery and thoughtfulness and prevails! Loved it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Leigh Austin, TX, United States 10-21-13
    Jenny Leigh Austin, TX, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Excellent, Quick Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I found 'Coraline' one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. I was driving from Austin to Ft Worth, which is about a 3hr drive and it was the perfect amount of time to listen to this story. Perfect for my Halloween spooky mood :). I loved the fact that the author, Neil Gaiman, was the reader. At first it was a little odd to listen to him voice a young girl, but in no time I got used to it. Gaiman knows his own story so well, and gives the performance that he wants his audiobook listeners to hear.
    I was a little surprised to find that the book was really not much different from the movie! I was aware that some book fans didn't like the movie due to its "difference," but maybe those were just internet trolls, because the books is almost the exact same as the film. Minus the gardens and the Wybie character, you could say this adaptation was pretty exact. I figured the adaptation would be a lot like the book to movie adaptation of 'Stardust.'
    I would highly recommend 'Coraline' to any fan of Neil Gaiman. Even though it's meant for a lot younger audience than his usual readers, the book is well worth the short amount of time it takes to listen to. And who doesn't want to listen to Gaiman's vocals for three and a half hours anyway?
    Some of the best parts were the songs that Gaiman sang in between chapters. They were creepy, and really kept with the uncomfortable feel throughout the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 08-04-13
    Ann 08-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Neil Gaiman, how does he do it. great evary time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I told one of my friends about it, and he loved it


    What other book might you compare Coraline to and why?

    all of Neil Gaiman's books


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he brings the creepy story to life in a way I did not get from the book


    Any additional comments?

    I read it wen I was 10 and loved it, I read it another time wen i was 13 and it is still one of the greatest (yet creepy) books i have read. love the movie too lives up to the book but they changed some stuff and added stuff the clay animation is amazing for the story if you like the book see the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 05-14-13
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

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    "Neil Gaiman brings this book to life!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coraline to be better than the print version?

    I would consider the Coraline audio edition better than the print because the book comes to life through the music and voices used for each character. I am better able to imagine the world of Coraline than if I were just reading the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the black cat in the story because it was nice to see Coraline have someone on her side against the other mother and he can be sarcastic and snarky with the way he speaks in riddles.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Neil Gaiman brings imagination to the book. With him being the author he knows how he wants the characters to sound and how to use inflection to carry the story. He did a great job of helping the reader visualize the dull world of Coraline and the colorful world of the other parents.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, I had seen the movie so I knew how the book would pretty much go down. I was curious to see what was going to happen when Coraline went down into the basement when sent there by the "other mother."


    Any additional comments?

    While I was reading this book, I was wondering the whole time where the Wybie character was. I guess they invented him in the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ewing, NJ, United States 02-16-13
    Jennifer Ewing, NJ, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."
    If you could sum up Coraline in three words, what would they be?

    I love everything about this book. Now, the song that pops up several times in the reading.... yeah, I could do without that. Grated on my nerves.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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