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The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman]

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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    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.

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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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    S. Cape town, South Africa 07-20-12
    S. Cape town, South Africa 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A complete pleasure to listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have always loved Neil Gaiman and to listen to him read his own words is just wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    Its a fantastic book. It blends dark whimsy, historical trivia and humour as only Gaiman can and the result was me sometimes sitting in my car long after I had arrived at my destination to listen to a little bit more of the story.


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    Chris Christchurch, New Zealand 06-30-12
    Chris Christchurch, New Zealand 06-30-12
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    "Wonderful story"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this audiobook several times. I love the layers of complexity that are revealed through repeated listens. Definitely one of my favourites.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the plays on words amusing.

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    Suzanne Rose 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gainman seems to be a favourite with us Aussies, and why not, I could listen to his voice forever and his marvellous mind always entertains with totally different stories. To have a tale set in a graveyard with an ophaned baby is basically weird! But in the hands of a master storyteller it keeps one enthralled until the end. Totally recommended.

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  • 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.

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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.


    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.

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  • Apples
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    7/26/15
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    "Not Just for Children"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, narrated beautifully by the author and look forward to listening to more of his works.

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  • Pegs
    UK
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliant and mesmerising"

    Gaiman never fails to entertain and enchant. I envy his innate story telling talent but am thankful he shares it with us all.

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  • Mr. A. M. Smith
    UK
    7/20/15
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    "GRAVEYARDS CAN BE FUN"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably about 3rd best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silas was my favorite character because no matter how hard he tried to be hard and tough, deep down he had a soft caring heart which was really brought out by Bod.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Although I knew it was all fantasy Neil Gaiman brought it to life and made it enjoyable.


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

    Yes, in fact the first time I listened to it in one sitting and then did it again the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have listened to the Graveyard Book about 6 or 7 times and enjoyed each time. I always hear something I missed before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/20/15
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    "fantastic book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definatley recomend and have recomended to many people young and old as it is a fantastic book not just for kids (i'm 39 and loved it!).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silas


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    his voice and how he tells the story makes you want to keep listening!


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

    definatley yes but i had to settle with listening in two parts


    0 of 0 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

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  • vishwajeet marwah
    London, UK
    7/18/15
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    "Loved the narration"

    My first book on audible, and I loved the way the story was narrated. The story itself is also an interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs G M Winrow
    6/11/15
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    "magically dark"

    like listening to a story when you were a child but written for any age. One you can listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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