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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

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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    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 09-15-12
    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 09-15-12 Member Since 2016
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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 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fabulous"
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    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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    Niraj 03-12-12
    Niraj 03-12-12
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    "great concept great presentation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    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


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

    not any one to note over all


    Any additional comments?

    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

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  • MR
    12/20/15
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    "Entertaining"

    Great story and loved the characters...a tale of life and how to embrace it...Silus is a guardian we all need

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  • Mrs. Deborah A. Dalby
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    12/17/15
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    "What a treat!"

    Such a lovely story for dark winter nights - great for adults and children alike.

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  • mollyeyre
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    12/14/15
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    "A really super book."

    I really enjoyed this, book, I had approached it tentatively as I had not enjoyed a previous Neil Gaiman novel.
    I really liked the characters in this book, and the story was brilliant.

    This was indeed a very pleasant surprise, nicely written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/11/15
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    "Awesome"

    Awesome book beautifully narrated original story Thoroughly recommended especially if you enjoy the strange & unusual.

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  • J. Hughes
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    12/1/15
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    "Too good to be limited to children."
    What did you like most about The Graveyard Book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are drawn with a light and yet detailed hand.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice is perfect for a good spooky tale.


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

    Yes, I had to force myself to turn it off at half two in the morning.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more of Mr Gaiman's work.

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  • Neil
    12/1/15
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    "Good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to, and why?

    Loved his other books American gods and neverwhere.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Always a great narrator and has one of the best voices for audiobooks. This compares well to his others.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    this child wAs never seen or heard unless he wanted to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

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  • Peblet
    11/20/15
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    "Fabulous book!"

    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.

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  • vicky
    11/17/15
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    "wonderful escapism"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully read, creating just the right atmosphere.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable book for both adults and older children.

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  • Elayne Donaldson
    11/13/15
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    "Enchanting"

    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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  • Paul Snook
    10/23/15
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    "Grave, but not serious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    No; they are essentially two sides of the same coin. I read the book before I listened to the audiobook. It's the same text and my visualisation is the same. The only difference is where the author puts the emphasis in the structure when reading, so it is interesting from that point of view. It's always worth listening to a master storyteller reading their own work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A cracking good story that had this adult hooked, despite it being aimed at younger readers. Mr Gaiman weaves his usual magic in creating characters that you root for, characters that you loathe but find utterly compelling, and characters you just want to reassure and tell them that everything will be okay. Marvellous.


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

    Silas held a lot of interest for me. And, of course, the man Jack as a great baddie is difficult not to like.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't say without giving away spoilers.


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