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
"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)
A beautiful and absolutely captivating book, made all the more enjoyable by the performance by Neil Gaiman. There is something truly wonderful about hearing the words from the author himself, it brings another level to the story as you are able to hear it just as it was intended to be when it was written.
I will miss Bod and the inhabitants of the Graveyard enormously, and have no doubt I'll be relistening to or rereading this book at some point.
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.
Absolutely recommended! The story is beautiful, this is truly one of the best books by Neil Gaiman. And he is an amazing narrator..
Absolutely the best!
Moving, Haunting, funny
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.
No, but now am searching for everything he has written and narrated
Wanted dead or alive....or is that alive or dead?
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.
Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
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
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
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.
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
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.
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)
Nothing that i disliked.
Miss Lupescu's rescue of Bod from the ghouls.
Bod's leaving the graveyard, right at the end.
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.
"fab book neil, but why the loud music???"
no!! the music separating the chapters/parts is unbearable, too loud and too intrusive. shame because neil reads so well.
absolutely! when you read like him you don't need to put on funny voices.
"Delightful tale wonderfully narrated"
This is a delightful adult fairytale beautifully narrated. I loved the gothic style, very Tim Burton-esque. A wonderful journey for the ears! Will listen to it again and again. Highly recommened.
Great storyline easy pace really enjoyed it sets nicely another hopefully !!! New adventures to come many possibilities
"Perfectly scary, perfectly sad, perfectly magical."
It's a children's book but I think suitable for anyone who loves Neil Gaiman. It manages to be scary and sad but uplifting too. The language is simple enough for a child without being at all childish.
Neil Gaiman's reading is imbued with a lyrical melancholy which is absolutely right for the story. Refreshingly, he even manages a fairly creditable Glaswegian accent - bad Scottish accents seem to be a feature of the lot of the books I've listened to recently so it's good not to be jarred out of the story for the change.
It's not relevant to this review, but should they ever make a film of this, it's very clear to me that Mr Frost should be played by Reece Shearsmith.
5 stars aren't really enough for a faultless book, read faultlessly.
"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.
I dont normally write reviews ... but I felt compelled to having just finished this book.
I loved it. I love the concept, the story, the characters, everything and Neil's narration is magical and I could listen to him forever :)
I am certainly going to look up more from him now
Thank you for this wonderful book :)
Anything I try to write as as review seems trite. Suffice it to say I applauded in the wines and spirits aisle of asda when the story (via headphones) was complete.
"Loved this! "
Really enjoyed it! Great story but also loved Neil Gaiman's witty narration. Sometimes the narrator can spoil the story but this was just perfect!
"excellent book and excellent performance"
brilliant story. Neil Gaiman is a genius. I could see older children loving this. What a brilliant concept, having the child brought up by so many characters from different parts of history and different types of being, not just the ghosts. The writing is witty and light hearted but still gets the story and messages across without needing to labour the point. excellent.
Hard to say, it's out there on it's own but is so entertaining and has so many nice little touches I could easily take time to listen to this in one go. It's totally original and fresh and like nothing else. the characters are all so well written and entertaining
Silas and Miss Lupescu but every character is brought to life individually with such skill they are easy to recognise. Loved the way Miss Lupescu was introduced and the strange appearance of the big grey dog before the reveal about who she is. When I guessed it was like a lightbulb moment and so funny..
Raising the dead has never been such fun.
Really pleased by the lack of fear about death or difference. the main character is different and happy to be as it gives him strengths and experiences others miss. Even the characters in the graveyard who are supposed to be a bit sinister like the witch are taken at face value without looking through eyes of fear and shown to just be different as well but there being nothing wrong with that.
Great story and loved the characters...a tale of life and how to embrace it...Silus is a guardian we all need
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