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)
It's quirkyness and humour.
It kept me enthralled, waiting to find out what will happen next.
How to choose??? All the characters were well done. Maybe the guardian.
I just loved this book and will be looking for more by this author. Excellently read too - very entertaining.
This is the kind of book you don't want to finish. Endearing yet sharp characters, great moments, and the delicious feeling of getting mixed up in a whole new setting, as the dead become allies and friends. Wonderful book. Very well read, too.
Fun Gaiman mythology
I have heard the author read some of this live and this reading was wonderful. Gaiman's characters have insight and a humanity that is easy to identify with - regardless of the strange situations in which they find themselves...
Gentle Inviting Warm
I thought my son might like this. I had a sneaky listen to check it out and couldn't stop listening! While there are some traditional themes (no spoilers, but think graveyard), they are handled in a light, original and very sympathetic way. Very well produced. Well written, witty, perfectly narrated, great music and a raft of rich characters that are easy to relate to - this quirky story has something for everyone.
not read the print version but, a professional reader gets the essence of the sentence in his or her tone before the sentence is over , it also lets me get away in my mind as in when i was young my mommy read me stores and it was enjoyebel
not any one to note over all
the writer has put down an in-depth view of a boy growing up and his experience of that growing up mixed with likable monsters. just enjoyable
Neil Gaiman has just become the benchmark by which all my other narrators will be judged by. The narration in this book is brilliant, the tempo, the rhythm, the timbre, everything about his reading ebbed and flowed with the book. I've never heard a book read with such mastery.
The storyline was excellent, even though it was probably pitched more towards the younger readers, I fully enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to my kids listening to it as well. So many books I've enjoyed have been rather age-specific, but this one has appeal over a large range of ages. My 7 year-old will enjoy this book just as much as I did.
entertaining, well written and fun
Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
He brings great emotion to the charactors.
Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.
Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.
A mix of fantasy, black humor, you need to get use to it, but it gets somehow funny. Overall story is week however, I wish it was more advanced.
I've not read the print version, but now I wish I had the capacity to hear more of Gaiman's books read by him. There was so much to this that was just.. brilliant.
What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?
All of them? Is that an answer?
I mean that seriously, because he brought all of them to life. Even to one of their voices changing accent slightly when the story called for it. But slightly, easy to miss, and yet it was countless little touches like this that made it so bloody brilliant. Every voice just /was/ that character. Beyond simply being associated, the tone, the pacing, the essence of it matched the essence of the character.
Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.
Please listen to this book. It is masterfully written, and told even better. It got me into audiobooks in a big way because I knew what was possible in the form.
I enjoy the style of Mr Gaiman. He's humour hit's the spot for me. It's a wee bit on the dark side and that's the way I like it.
The story was also a jewel of storytelling and the characters interesting.
All in all a very good book.
"Stunning .Ive listened to it twice in a week!"
Dont miss it!
Quirky atmospheric fun
His ability to inject life into the characters with zest and skill.
"Loved this book"
Yes. It brought out the child in me.
Boyd and his interaction with the ghosts.
I loved all of it.
It is the first time in a long time, I found it difficult to put a book down.
Neil Gaiman's narration really makes his books so good. A great story unlike anything I have listened to, great characters and once again beautifully read.
"Interesting and clever"
Dark, funny, imaginative.
As he wrote the book, you hear it exactly how it was meant to come across.
Baring in mind that this is a children's book and therefore can lack in depth/description it is still a brilliantly imaginative and at times spooky book.
"Loved this! And I never give 5 star but I have now"
Yes, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing. Neil Gaiman's reading of his story was the most absorbing I have ever listened to. I just wish the story continued in another book.
Would highly recommend you listen to this, what more is there to say
Always great when the author reads the book as you really get to hear how it was meant to sound when it was written.
"Another corker from Gaiman"
When reading/listening to this book it is important to know it is covered in Gaimans usual sprinkling gothic creepiness.
That is not a criticism, as I find his eerie style very appealing and enthralling, but be warned there are unusual characters and uneasy situations now and again.
That said there is a lot to like about this book. It has some brilliant complicated characters, some lovely quirky dialogue and an overarching story that is gripping. Each chapter has its own theme which keeps the story moving as the characters enter in and out of each, and even the supporting cast are interesting and used to perfection.
Gaiman himself narrating the book is perfect as he knows the characters inside out and reads it very well becoming each of his characters.
Even though I am in my twenties and not the target audience I enjoyed this book thoroughly, found it clever, the fantasy elements different from the usual and used to perfection, and would recommend it to anyone.
"for all ages"
This story works for adults and children with excellent narration from the author. Only hope there is a sequel as I would like to find out what happens to Bod in the future.
"Really original and gentle book"
I've never read any Neil Gaiman before and I think I struck lucky. I loved this book, innocent and wise at the same time.
"A brilliantly read and crafted tale."
Neil Gaiman effortlessly translates his brilliant imagination into this wonderful tale of an ophaned boy who grows up in a graveyard and experiences all sorts of amazing adventures. Not only does he write it, but he reads it too! Listen and experience the screech of the Nightgaunt and the comic expostulations of a Cockney ghoul! You'll be entertained and educated too cos' he's obviously done his research well and you'll benefit from that!
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