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
Great story and loved the characters...a tale of life and how to embrace it...Silus is a guardian we all need
"What a treat!"
Such a lovely story for dark winter nights - great for adults and children alike.
"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
Awesome book beautifully narrated original story Thoroughly recommended especially if you enjoy the strange & unusual.
"Too good to be limited to children."
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.
The characters are drawn with a light and yet detailed hand.
His voice is perfect for a good spooky tale.
Yes, I had to force myself to turn it off at half two in the morning.
Looking forward to more of Mr Gaiman's work.
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.
Loved his other books American gods and neverwhere.
Always a great narrator and has one of the best voices for audiobooks. This compares well to his others.
this child wAs never seen or heard unless he wanted to be.
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.
Beautifully read, creating just the right atmosphere.
An enjoyable book for both adults and older children.
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
"Grave, but not serious"
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.
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.
Silas held a lot of interest for me. And, of course, the man Jack as a great baddie is difficult not to like.
I can't say without giving away spoilers.
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