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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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.
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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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    Poppy 09-27-15
    Poppy 09-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful book, beautifully written and beautifully read."

    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.

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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!


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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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  • eleonora
    manchester, United Kingdom
    2/27/14
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    "fab book neil, but why the loud music???"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    no!! the music separating the chapters/parts is unbearable, too loud and too intrusive. shame because neil reads so well.


    Did Neil Gaiman do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    absolutely! when you read like him you don't need to put on funny voices.


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  • Beccameriel
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    "Perfectly scary, perfectly sad, perfectly magical."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Keith Peter
    BilbaoSpain
    4/10/09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 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
  • Ms. L. V. Hurley
    4/13/16
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    "Amazing"

    Excellent story. Can't wait to listen to more.
    I was captivated from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/12/16
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    "A very good story very well read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the book but would hope that this mirrors it adequately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story continued following the main thread without sidelines that so often my listening a chore.


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

    No I just enjoyed it.


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  • Disappointed Knitter
    4/12/16
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    "Highly recommended"

    There's always something special about a book being read by its author and this one is no exception.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Yorkshire
    4/8/16
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    "The best audio book for the car so far"

    Written in episodes that are stories in themselves made this a great book for multiple car journeys for the whole family (43,42,15,12,9,5). Beautifully read and so enthralling we sat in the car at the end of journeys to finish chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennie
    4/7/16
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    "delicotooth88"

    I loved it so much I annoyed my hole family by listening to it every night

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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