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The Graveyard Book Audiobook
The Graveyard Book
Written by: 
Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: 
Neil Gaiman
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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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Publisher's Summary

Here's a fantastic ghost adventure story, laced with menace and humour.

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?

Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

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    Jonathan Michael Copeland 07-30-15
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    "Just lovely:)"

    A lovely heart warming tale of adventure in the most peculiar of manners. Listen to their own next the fire with some tea.

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    antony 06-05-15
    antony 06-05-15
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    "Awesome story masterfully presented"

    Neil Gaiman at his best I loved listening to this tale. And again in the second listening with my daughter (7) when on the road in the car. Neil has great characterizations for his characters and being the author shows in the intimate way the tale unfolds.

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    Tanyush 08-17-14
    Tanyush 08-17-14

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    "Beautiful story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommended! The story is beautiful, this is truly one of the best books by Neil Gaiman. And he is an amazing narrator..


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely the best!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Dembo Western Austrlia 03-18-14
    Lawrence Dembo Western Austrlia 03-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun for the whole family"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, Haunting, funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrated magnificently by the author who you feel truly lives in his characters. Its a book with all the elements - mystery, humour, fun. Its about growing up and friends and loyalty.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but now am searching for everything he has written and narrated


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wanted dead or alive....or is that alive or dead?


    Any additional comments?

    please please do yourself a favour and listen to this book. we listened with our 10 and 12 year old and we all LOVED it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 09-01-13
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 09-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Fabulous story and narration"

    I simply did not want this audiobook to end as it was pure inventive pleasure. The story is in turn funny, compassionate, scary and moral tale. There are so many threads in this story that I am sure another author might turn it to a six volume airport series, however Neil Gaiman is an excellent wordsmith and paints pictures that do not require HBO specials. Of course the added plus is that the author reads his own work and thereby adds colour to such a well written tale. Do yourself a favour and listen

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    Dallas Holsworthy, Australia 06-07-13
    Dallas Holsworthy, Australia 06-07-13
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    "What a great story"

    I loved this book. Captivating characters and so well written. It kept me wanting to sit in the car to find out what happens next. I will be looking for more of Neil Gaimans books

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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 01-26-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 01-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the voice of Neil Gaiman."

    It is a wonderful book and if you have never had sad or wonderes story when you where a chilled this book is a must now. Do you have children now and wonder if this is a book for them, then yes, let them hear it and answer there questions.

    The books you read at the right age, stays whit you. You love them when you grow and they grow whit you.

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    Shom Hyderabad, India 01-02-13
    Shom Hyderabad, India 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Perennially-recommended for younger readers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    Cannot comment. This is the first and only book by Neil Gaiman that I have read via audio, and absolutely loved it. Just like I loved the previous Gaiman reads - which I read on print.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    The book it is inspired by, Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling. Kind of a coming-of-age novel, with dollops of fantasy.

    Also, the fantasy / magic novels which follow the template somewhat: the Harry Potter series etc.

    Also other coming-of-age stories:
    To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Pather Panchali, a Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (from which a very famous movie was made later by Satyajit Ray)


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Nothing that i disliked.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Miss Lupescu's rescue of Bod from the ghouls.
    Bod's leaving the graveyard, right at the end.


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    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-02-13
    barbara Brookside, Australia 01-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely book, entertaining and holds your interest"

    This was a great little book. It was read well, the story was entertaining and interesting and unusual. I really enjoyed it even though it is a children's book.

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    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 09-15-12
    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 09-15-12
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This must be my favorite audio book to date. This story would have been good read by any one, but Neil Gaiman added to it even more


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    I tell every one who doesn’t know Coraline, that it is very ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ / ‘Corpses bride’


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the magic of the grave yard –Bod’s adventures with all the dead and their stories and the secrets of the grave yard he explored.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a good book, definitely worth a credit. The author reading it made the audio book even better, because who could better understand precisely the mood of each scene and the personalities of the characters. Different people like different kinds of books, but I can’t imagine that any one would listen to this and regret it.

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  • Julie
    Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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    "Great adult/young adult book"

    Loved the story, quite dark for a childrens book. My critism is I don't like music on the audio books. Sometimes the narrators voice grated on me. But glad I bought this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A. Austin
    Hants, UK
    7/20/11
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a wonderful story, and very well narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. It seems advantageous that the author is reading it, as he knows exactly how all the characters and names ought to sound, and he understands his own phrasings. Bod's adventures while growing up in a graveyard are both imaginative and exciting. I would thoroughly recommend this audiobook

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cornish Jan
    England
    7/24/09
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    "Wonderful imagination,"

    This is marketed as a Young Adult book but it is also a wonderful adult fantasy that had me lying awake hours past my usual sleep time to hear the ending. It is read by Gaiman himself, really well,and it means that you know that the interpretation of the characters is correct (something you cannot always be sure of). A terrific listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    East Sussex, UK
    5/7/16
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    "Great story. Awful music"

    Enjoyed the story. loved the narration. hated the music. why is it there? so irritating!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Deborah A. Dalby
    Cheshire, England
    12/17/15
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    "What a treat!"

    Such a lovely story for dark winter nights - great for adults and children alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Tierney
    7/20/15
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    "Excellent storyline"

    Great storyline easy pace really enjoyed it sets nicely another hopefully !!! New adventures to come many possibilities

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PHILLIP
    SKELMERSDALE, United Kingdom
    1/24/13
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    "I couldn't Finish it"

    Although a very imaginative book I couldn't finish it. Maybe would have enjoyed it if I was 12/13. To me this would be a far better film than it is a book and I do believe that Disney have bought the rights to it, I will look forward to watching in a few years time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DARREN JON, ruth MASON
    united kingdom
    7/25/16
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    7/24/16
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    "Amazing!"

    This book was amazing. Heart breaking and heart warming. Beautifully read and written. Listened to it on repeat and just loved it. Would recommend it to any adult looking for a adult grim book. Just amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Murray
    Edinburgh, MIDLOTHIAN United Kingdom
    7/21/16
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    "Gaiman on a high note, excellent"

    loved it! one of Neil Gaiman's excellent turns at stories for young people (that adults can also enjoy)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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