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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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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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    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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    nGm 03-12-12
    nGm 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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    Eric 02-08-12
    Eric 02-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful for both young and old listeners!"

    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.

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    Deana Aratula, Australia 02-04-12
    Deana Aratula, Australia 02-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More than It Seems"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, well written and fun


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

    Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.


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

    He brings great emotion to the charactors.


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

    Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 01-22-12
    Pavel Czech Republic 01-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Strange, but sometimes funny"

    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.

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    Chris 01-17-12
    Chris 01-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Hearing a story as it was meant to be heard."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

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

    What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?


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

    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.


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

    Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Janne 01-16-12
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    "Dark humour and unexpected events..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Andrea Wakool, Australia 01-11-12
    Andrea Wakool, Australia 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A delightful story, well written and narrated."
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Yes as I allways miss details the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole concept of the tale.


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

    His amazing accent.


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    worthing, west sussex United Kingdom
    10/14/16
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    "The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman"

    I loved this book, and couldn't put it down, or rather, switch it off!! Beautifully narrated by the author, it was a delight from start to finish.
    I was disappointed as I approached the end, and made my way out of the graveyard gates for the last time.
    I shall miss Bod and Silas, and all the other wonderful characters.

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  • M de Bethlen
    London United Kingdom
    10/4/16
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    "Not up to the hype"

    I've heard a lot of excellent things about this book over the years but really it did not impress me as an audiobook. I found the mandolin interludes annoying, and the Author's performance boring. To my mind he hardly differentiated the voices at all and did not do his book any favours. The story was quite good, entertaining for children (which it is intended for), but I found myself quite astonished that podcaster Tim Ferris praises it to the skies and recommends it for his adult audience. I didn't find anything "meaty" enough to capture that much attention from an adult.

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    Hemel Hempstead
    10/3/16
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    "An amazing tale"

    The whole family listened, hanging on every word. A wonderful tale, spun across years, over worlds and through time.

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  • DLETTERS
    9/29/16
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed this book, the narration was brill and really brought the characters to life
    Funny and charming
    Great author

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  • Jay
    9/28/16
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    "very good"

    lovely idea and told is a wonderful way. still not replacing my favourite neil gaiman book but very good. I think second time around this book will be better because I will know where it is going and therefore able to take in the wonderful way that neil gaiman writes .
    if you like his work then yes try this one out.

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  • Helen Ingall
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    9/17/16
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    A really mind provoking read by getting your imagination to see and feel what Bod sees.
    From a tiny boy through to a young man, you travel the years with him.
    l love a book that ends with tears and yet the happiness that goes with it and the uncertainty of what the future holds.
    l get this book on a whim and l am so pleased that l did.

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  • James Mason
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    9/12/16
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    "Like being a child again"

    Good performance by the author, slightly macabre like a Tim Burton film but pleasantly comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    9/11/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    A lovely comfortable listen, well appreciated after some of the awkward books I've listened to recently.

    The story was gentle but with enough pace and description to keep you engaged. I even got a bit emotional towards the end!

    The author read the story well, clearly knowing his characters and how they should be portrayed well!

    I enjoyed the music between each chapter too.

    I would be interested to know if there was going to be a sequel.

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  • kazza
    9/11/16
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    "I wish there was more"

    I think this book is aimed at younger readers, but who cares. It is entertaining and I really enjoyed listening to Neil's narration. Being narrated by the author means you get what he meant which may not always happen with others. Would recommend to all ages.

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  • Oliver
    9/4/16
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    "A little gem"

    Gaiman's usual story telling flair with some touching moments throughout. Loved it. If you like Gaiman, you'll love this. If you don't...it's still worth a go.

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