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)
Neil Gaiman has just become the benchmark by which all my other narrators will be judged by. The narration in this book is brilliant, the tempo, the rhythm, the timbre, everything about his reading ebbed and flowed with the book. I've never heard a book read with such mastery.
The storyline was excellent, even though it was probably pitched more towards the younger readers, I fully enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to my kids listening to it as well. So many books I've enjoyed have been rather age-specific, but this one has appeal over a large range of ages. My 7 year-old will enjoy this book just as much as I did.
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.
"Good story well read. Left wanting more."
I enjoyed the story and the atmosphere it created. Characters were entertaining. Disappointed with the "bad guys" in the story.
"A good listen x"
It was good to hear the story unfolds narrated very well x
Did not take to the music at the end and beginning of the chapters.
Will now read more Neil Gaiman to compare.
"Great (apart from the music)"
The book is fabulous, of course, and beautifully read by the author. The music is distracting, though, as it continues during the opening paragraphs of each chapter. It's a shame, and does spoil the quality of the experience.
"Not Just for Children"
I really enjoyed this book, narrated beautifully by the author and look forward to listening to more of his works.
"Brilliant and mesmerising"
Gaiman never fails to entertain and enchant. I envy his innate story telling talent but am thankful he shares it with us all.
"GRAVEYARDS CAN BE FUN"
Probably about 3rd best
Silas was my favorite character because no matter how hard he tried to be hard and tough, deep down he had a soft caring heart which was really brought out by Bod.
Although I knew it was all fantasy Neil Gaiman brought it to life and made it enjoyable.
Yes, in fact the first time I listened to it in one sitting and then did it again the next day.
I think I have listened to the Graveyard Book about 6 or 7 times and enjoyed each time. I always hear something I missed before.
I would definatley recomend and have recomended to many people young and old as it is a fantastic book not just for kids (i'm 39 and loved it!).
his voice and how he tells the story makes you want to keep listening!
definatley yes but i had to settle with listening in two parts
"Loved the narration"
My first book on audible, and I loved the way the story was narrated. The story itself is also an interesting read.
like listening to a story when you were a child but written for any age. One you can listen to again and again.
It is a story like no other.
Beautiful and haunting.
It is billed as a book for a younger audience - but this is a story that will grip any heart - no matter the age
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