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)
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.
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
recommended by Tim Ferriss. I gave it a go not realising it was young adult. (I'm 48)
anyway I loved it. The narration by the author was very atmospheric. Some nice plot twists with beautifully voiced characters. Wanted more
Wonderful story that takes one to another imaginary world. I could not stop myself listening ...
I absolutely loved this. It's warm, funny and quite loving, especially considering its about a little boy being brought up by the dead.
Mr Gaiman's performance is wonderful, he had a perfectly offbeat delivery which compliments his words perfectly.
"A fantastic story."
A beautifully read, beautifully descriptive, fantastic story. I was fully engaged from start to finish.
The best book I've read in a long time. Performed brilliantly. The characters were so diverse, a fab concept for a story. I will definitely read this with my son when he is a bit older.
Wonderful narration, what a marvellous voice. Thoroughly enjoyable story which kept me entertained and intrigued.
A fun and entertaining story with a darker underbelly - great bit of escapism. Performance by the author was excellent, as you might expect given that he wrote it, although not always a given!
I didn't want it to end!!! Beautifully written and spoken!!! I will definitely downloading more from Neil Gaiman.
I dont normally write reviews ... but I felt compelled to having just finished this book.
I loved it. I love the concept, the story, the characters, everything and Neil's narration is magical and I could listen to him forever :)
I am certainly going to look up more from him now
Thank you for this wonderful book :)
Anything I try to write as as review seems trite. Suffice it to say I applauded in the wines and spirits aisle of asda when the story (via headphones) was complete.
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