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)
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.
I have always loved Neil Gaiman and to listen to him read his own words is just wonderful.
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.
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.
I found the plays on words amusing.
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.
Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a new spin on the supernatural genre and was subtle in its approach.
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.
I read it and loved it a couple of years ago. Even better listening to it. So unusual.
outstanding adult fairy tale different a real interesting read I would not hesitate to recommend it
"A fantastic story, for adults and children alike!"
Having read the Graveyard Book itself, I loved listening to this audio version narrated by author Neil Gaiman. Highly recommended!
I confess to being a Gaiman fan, I am rarely underwhelmed by his work, and I certainly wasn't with "The Graveyard Book".
I first read it 3 or 4 years ago then recently got ther audible version to play in the car to keep my 6 and 8 year old boys entertained on a long journey. Their attention was captured from the first paragraph and didn't waver throughout. (Even though they found it rather scary in parts, but not too scary). I also was hooked again, partially thanks to Neil Gaimans narration which was perfect in tone. I suppose being the author he would be more aware of the rhythm of the book and nature of its characters. I found it suited how I remembered the book perfectly.
The story itself is full of fantastical creatures, some of whom behave as we would expect and others who buck the standard " horror " or "fantasy" norms. Typical Gaiman.
Adventure, friendship, loss, conflict, and growing up are all explored. By the main character "Bod" but also by his extended family in the graveyard.
A great read and an excellent listen!
This is a beautifully written, wonderfully read, gripping story. Kept the whole family entertained on a very long car journey.
"Excellent for car rides with my 6year old"
My Daughter and I enjoyed it very much
perfect for the car journeys we take together
I loved this book all the way through, just an excellent and entertaining idea throughout !
Authors don't always make the best readers of their own work, but Neil Gaimen is fantastic. This is a great story and a really enjoyable dramatisation.
"I am really enjoying it!☺"
I really like the book.☺-and the narrator.I think some bits were more intresting than others.
"Gaiman at his best. A masterpiece."
Having read most of the top drawer Neil Gaiman's books I thought there would be no more surprises in his collection, that was until I reached "The Graveyard Book". I picked it up as a short read inbetween different volumes of another series. My goodness, I couldn't have been more wrong...
This is an amazing book written with an unbelievable attention to detail that makes you you feel as if you are part of the story, and experience the same emotions, adventures and life as the main character.
Each chapter of the book is its own story, yet they all slot together like so many pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle creating something so much more than the sum of its parts. It is breathtaking.
Neil Gaiman's narration is very good though I wouldn't say amazing, that said, listening to the book read by the author is rewarding on it's own and this performance deserves one extra star for that. The music between the chapters allows you to take the pause and think about the story which is a lovely addition as otherwise I feel that you could read this book 'in a single breath'.
This wonderful work shows how talented Neil Gaiman is and puts him up there among the best writers of our time. I would recommend it to anyone and I look forward to his future work.
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