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)
entertaining, well written and fun
Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
He brings great emotion to the charactors.
Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.
Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.
A mix of fantasy, black humor, you need to get use to it, but it gets somehow funny. Overall story is week however, I wish it was more advanced.
I've not read the print version, but now I wish I had the capacity to hear more of Gaiman's books read by him. There was so much to this that was just.. brilliant.
What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?
All of them? Is that an answer?
I mean that seriously, because he brought all of them to life. Even to one of their voices changing accent slightly when the story called for it. But slightly, easy to miss, and yet it was countless little touches like this that made it so bloody brilliant. Every voice just /was/ that character. Beyond simply being associated, the tone, the pacing, the essence of it matched the essence of the character.
Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.
Please listen to this book. It is masterfully written, and told even better. It got me into audiobooks in a big way because I knew what was possible in the form.
I enjoy the style of Mr Gaiman. He's humour hit's the spot for me. It's a wee bit on the dark side and that's the way I like it.
The story was also a jewel of storytelling and the characters interesting.
All in all a very good book.
Yes as I allways miss details the first time.
The whole concept of the tale.
His amazing accent.
I listen to audiobooks on my morning run, so stories I like are ones that are entertaining enough to make me want to get out of bed at 6am.
I picked this up during one of Audible's "at the moment" sales - the ones that show up randomly when you sign in and at first, once I'd purchased it and realized it was a children's book I almost didn't listen to it.
But I'm so glad I did. So well written with wonderful characters and great descriptive settings. An entirely original idea, and every time I stopped listening, I couldn't wait to get back to the story to hear what happened next. Bod, the main character was entertaining, believable, with a great voice, as was his guardian Silas. There was no overblown sentimentality here, no underdevelopment either, just good storytelling.
Gaiman himself as the narrator was wonderful to listen to. His pacing, his tone were both wonderful and I found myself getting lost in the story and his voice.
Even if children's books aren't your preference, I highly recommend this one, it will leave you with warm fuzzies.
The Graveyard Book (Audiobook) tells the story of a small boy who is spirited away by a handful of graveyard-inhabiting ghosts on the night of his family's murder, and his ensuing experiences growing up in these unorthodox circumstances.
Like many of Gaiman's works (Stardust & American Gods to name a couple) the narrative comprises a wonderful blend of real world relationships and fantastical themes. Many of the interactions between the boy and the other denizens of the novel (living or dead) effectively illustrate connections that any child will make growing up. The boy's posthumous guardians act and feel like true family members for him, rather than the cliched collection of evil ravening ghouls that we might have come to expect from a children's novel set in a Graveyard (although I should mention that the book does have ravening ghouls in it too!).Your typical Goosebumps (TM) novel this isn't, folks.
The audio is wonderfully performed/voiced by Gaiman, who has proven in this & other recitations that he is not simply a great writer, but a decent reader too. I particularly enjoyed the rough voices of the afore-mentioned ghouls, who sound to me like they just stepped off the docks of an old town somewhere in England.. although probably a very genteel town, the book being fairly suitable for younger listeners, despite the grim opening scenes.
If I have any nit-picking to do about this book it would be that there is always a certain vagueness about the fantastical elements within Gaiman's stories. This is of course to be expected to some extent, as the fantastical will, and probably should always be at least slightly inexplicable, but I found myself on several occasions hungering for more information on the why or how of things. Why are the ghosts waiting around in the graveyard? How is it that they are so different from the ghouls? Many questions like these are never explicitly answered within the book, but I expect the book would probably be twice as long if it did enter into these details.
For those of you looking for the short version of this review: The Graveyard Book is a well-told story of some of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that any kid might experience growing up, effectively wrapped in an enthralling package of fantastical adventures that will keep any listener's ears following it through to the finish, almost regardless of the age of said ears. Highly recommended.
This is the book that made me renew my membership with Audible!
It's a slightly dark tale of a baby who grows up with quite a different life than the one most children get. After all - he is growing up in a graveyard with corpses as his parents and a vampire as his guardian. Who are the men Jack? And why are they so eager to kill the boy? This book takes many twists and turns, and although slow moving at the start, is an entertaining tale with a good overall plot. Neil Gaiman's voice is perfect for narration, and I loved that he is the author of the book as well.
All of them
However, I could have done without the silly irritating music. If the music had not been louder than the reading, it would not have been so bad.
How can a toddler be adopted by a whole graveyard and have a wonderful childhood? Neil Gaiman can show it to us. Very well read and full of inventiveness, though a bit weak in the finale. I recommend it.
"Very enjoyable and a good introductory kids book"
Quite new to Neil Gaiman. You have to accept it will all become super natural. Some issues with rationale for initial plot but if you get over that, it's an enjoyable
Listen. The performance by Gaiman is very good.
"A masterly performance!"
More than a nod to Roald Dahl's way of mingling the unbelievable and the absolutely sensible characters,this book kept me gripped to the end, ignoring the arrival of the cleaner (who, no doubt, saw me as rude). Great to hear the fantastical revived in such a masterly way,with a light unfrightening touch, dealing with perhaps frightening topics, unlike Michael Moorcroft. Well worth a listen, even for adults.
"Stick with it"
Took a good while for this to get going, but the end result is fantastic, well written and well read.
"Fast paced, amusing, insightful."
Yet another well crafted tale from Neil Gaiman. Instantly likeable characters and unexpected twists. I wasn't sure whether I'd like Neil's performance but I was pleasantly surprised - it was a corker. A storyteller at their best.
"A wonderful book for anyone of any age"
Right up at the top, alongside Neverwhere (also a Gaiman), Heart of Darkness (Conrad) and Richard Armitage's reading of love poetry.
The danse macabre!
The final chapter where Bod was growing up made me want to cry into my tea - it was moving without being slushy and that made it all the more touching.
Listen to it! I avoided The Graveyard Book for a while, thinking that I wouldn't like it because it was written for children. Having read it, I'm very glad I changed my mind - it's a wonderful book. I think I read an interview with Gaiman once where he said that when he writes for children, he is particularly choosy about the words he uses, because as there are fewer words in children's novels he can't afford to be sloppy and use words that he just happens to like. You can really see that in The Graveyard Book, because the word and the sphrasing and the overall structure are just absolutely perfect.
On a slightly different note, I love that Bod's love of stories is reflected in the episodic structure of the novel - I can imagine the ghosts in the graveyard telling Bod's story in this way for centuries to come.
"Great story. I just wish Neil wasn't narrating..."
Almost anyone. This is the bit that lets it down for me, and has put me off buying others by Gaiman. It's not that there's anything wrong with him as a storyteller, but having heard genuinely talented voice actors working on stuff like this (such as Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's blindingly good work on Rivers Of London), I've come to realise just how much an excellent voice can add to a story, and although I'm utterly in awe of Neil Gaiman's imagination and creative abilities, he's no more than a mediocre reader. I feel like I'm betraying a friend when I say that, but it's true.
"I wish I had this book as a kid!"
This book was just perfect. Neil Gaiman took something scary like graveyards and death and turned it into a brilliantly funny children's book. It might be a little too scary for the youngest, but I would definitely call it a children's book. However, I'm an adult and I still LOVED it, so it really a book for everyone. If I ever have my own children we are definitly reading this at bedtime.
At certain times the book seemed a bit disjointed or difficult to follow, but this may be because it was my first audio book and I'm not used to not being able to read over something again, but it's a beautifully charming book. You grow to love the characters and Neil Gaimans voice is a joy to listen to. The storyline isn't very intricate or detailed, and I find the ending a little underwhelming, but I do not regret choosing this as my first audio book, it's a wonderful little story none the less. I would recommend it!
"Everything you want from a Neil Gaiman book"
Very high. The story was captivating, enchanting, spooky and touching. The narration was AMAZING
The dance macabre. It just felt pure Gaiman, odd, wonderful, slightly unnessary but also sort of essential.
His beautiful wonderful voice. I loved the story, but I think I love his voice more if I'm honest.
He made me feel like I was five years old and sitting in primary school crossed legged on a carpet at story time on a sunny afternoon. "Are you all sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Once upon a time...".
The last scene.
If audible ever put up "The phone book - 250 hours of alphabetised names and 11 digit numbers, read for you by Neil Gaiman" I will be preordering.
The story is good too, honest.
The story was brilliant and funny!!! The end was so funny that I laughed so loudly!!!
I would suggest that you put it on the recommended list.
And I give it 5 stars because of what I just said.
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