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)
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.
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
I tell every one who doesn’t know Coraline, that it is very ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ / ‘Corpses bride’
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.
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.
"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.
"Too good to be limited to children."
This is the third Neil Gaiman book I've listened to and it did not disappoint. Read by the author himself who has the perfect voice for a modern myth maker. In the pages of this book are encapsulated life lessons for both children and parents. And perhaps the fundamental lesson that prophecy becomes self fulfilling if one makes the mistake of believing in one. An excellent read that I only wish I could have read to my daughter when she was a child.
The characters are drawn with a light and yet detailed hand.
His voice is perfect for a good spooky tale.
Yes, I had to force myself to turn it off at half two in the morning.
Looking forward to more of Mr Gaiman's work.
Don't have time to read books so listen to them in the car and on the train. This is a great way to enjoy books over an over again. This one I will listen to again as it is fun an well narrated.
Loved his other books American gods and neverwhere.
Always a great narrator and has one of the best voices for audiobooks. This compares well to his others.
this child wAs never seen or heard unless he wanted to be.
I've listened to this audiobook twice now and it's been a sheer delight both times. Neil Gaiman narrates his book beautifully. Let your children listen to this. It's magical.
Beautifully read, creating just the right atmosphere.
An enjoyable book for both adults and older children.
Beautifully written and narrated I found it difficult to stop listening and go to sleep, I just wanted to know what would happen to Bod next. Highly recommended
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