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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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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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    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. 07-20-12
    S. 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 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fabulous"
    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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    Tracey Hamilton, New Zealand 05-14-12
    Tracey Hamilton, New Zealand 05-14-12
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    "A cute, lighthearted story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a new spin on the supernatural genre and was subtle in its approach.


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    Erica 04-27-12
    Erica 04-27-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome story! Unusual and very quirky!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    It's quirkyness and humour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me enthralled, waiting to find out what will happen next.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    How to choose??? All the characters were well done. Maybe the guardian.


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book and will be looking for more by this author. Excellently read too - very entertaining.

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    Amaya 04-24-12
    Amaya 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Earth Brother 04-21-12
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    "Well told - great story"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Gaiman mythology


    What did you like best about this story?

    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...


    What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s voice?

    Gentle Inviting Warm


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    Adele 03-26-12
    Adele 03-26-12
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    "Original, witty, clever, charming - loved it!"

    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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    11/4/16
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    "Gripping "

    I thought I would listen to a chapter to make sure it was the sort of thing my sons would like. I couldn't stop until I reached the end.

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  • Thihan
    10/30/16
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    "Wonderful book and narration"

    I've recently reacquainted myself with my love of fiction. The Graveyard Book is now in my top 5 favourite stories. Beautifully imagined and written with wonderful narration by the author, I will definitely be listening to more Neil Gaiman in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/19/16
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    "Love the story, love the voice"

    Another binge Listen! Pulling at every emotion. Bods journey to adulthood through the love of his ghostly family and others. Loved the seamless aging. Music breaks for chapters excellent idea,but just a little loud over first line or so. Hey but with the dark chocolate tones of Mr G your soon back into hypnotising story telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
    worthing, west sussex United Kingdom
    10/14/16
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    "The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman"

    I loved this book, and couldn't put it down, or rather, switch it off!! Beautifully narrated by the author, it was a delight from start to finish.
    I was disappointed as I approached the end, and made my way out of the graveyard gates for the last time.
    I shall miss Bod and Silas, and all the other wonderful characters.

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  • M de Bethlen
    London United Kingdom
    10/4/16
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    "Not up to the hype"

    I've heard a lot of excellent things about this book over the years but really it did not impress me as an audiobook. I found the mandolin interludes annoying, and the Author's performance boring. To my mind he hardly differentiated the voices at all and did not do his book any favours. The story was quite good, entertaining for children (which it is intended for), but I found myself quite astonished that podcaster Tim Ferris praises it to the skies and recommends it for his adult audience. I didn't find anything "meaty" enough to capture that much attention from an adult.

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    Hemel Hempstead
    10/3/16
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    "An amazing tale"

    The whole family listened, hanging on every word. A wonderful tale, spun across years, over worlds and through time.

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  • DLETTERS
    9/29/16
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed this book, the narration was brill and really brought the characters to life
    Funny and charming
    Great author

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  • Jay
    9/28/16
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    "very good"

    lovely idea and told is a wonderful way. still not replacing my favourite neil gaiman book but very good. I think second time around this book will be better because I will know where it is going and therefore able to take in the wonderful way that neil gaiman writes .
    if you like his work then yes try this one out.

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  • Helen Ingall
    England
    9/17/16
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    A really mind provoking read by getting your imagination to see and feel what Bod sees.
    From a tiny boy through to a young man, you travel the years with him.
    l love a book that ends with tears and yet the happiness that goes with it and the uncertainty of what the future holds.
    l get this book on a whim and l am so pleased that l did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mason
    UK
    9/12/16
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    "Like being a child again"

    Good performance by the author, slightly macabre like a Tim Burton film but pleasantly comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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