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 is a very enjoyable plot despite being set in such a dark location. All facits of our nature are explored as the young 'Bod' grows and explores not only his suroundings but his own character. Trying to find his rightful place in such an unusual environment with strange (deceased) characters as his guides, 'Bod' is fleshed out by the colourful and graphic writing style used by this author. The audio is good and Neil Gaiman brings you into the story with his easy reading style.
Those of who frequent Audible, know full well the importance of a good reader. A clunky performance can ruin a terrific book, while a great one can bring a whole cast of characters to life. I know that I myself have selected books solely based on who the narrator was (Simon Vance, look him up). So it’s obvious why writers aren’t often selected to read their own work. Because they write! They’re not performers, and most aren’t expected to be. If you put so much effort into writing an enthralling story, you don’t want to have the whole thing ruined simply because you didn’t take elocution lessons as a child.
Thus my raised eyebrow at the fact Mr. Gaiman chose to tell his own tale. Was it a marketing gimmick? Was it a writers’ ego getting in the way of his good sense?
The truth is simply this. Neil Gaiman is a storyteller.
It is such a treat to hear a writer read the story in the way that it obviously plays out in his own dark and brilliant mind. To hear the voices of the characters they way he wants you to hear them. Gaiman’s pacing is great and his tone is deep, eerie and strangely comforting. If fact it suits the story perfectly.
I have never read the Jungle Book, so I don’t know how much of Bod’s journey mimics Mowgli’s or how much Gaiman channels Kipling. But I can tell you it is an amazing story in its own right, the sort of mysterious and scary story that I wanted to have when I was a child.
This is a rare opportunity audiobook fans; to hear a tale from the creators own lips and actually enjoy it.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on vacation with my girlfriend. The story is great and it really comes to life with narration of Neil Gaiman, I recommend this to anyone.
If you're only going to read or buy a book from audible, let this be it! What a great story! What compelling narration! Thank you Neil Gaiman! This is not just a book for kids. I bought this book because it sounded so interesting! And so it was! More than interesting, it was engaging and addictive listening. The characters came to life for me listening to this book! So buy it for you, THEN buy it for your kids! :-)
I enjoyed this a lot. It wasn't until I was half way through that I realised it is a story for youths, but it is still a rollicking tale and well read.
I was very taken with the story of this wonderful book, which can be read and heard by anyone - teenager or grown-up alike. The entire book is very sweet and almost naive, but at the same time, there are both scary characters and children as heroes. The main character, Nobody Owens, is very innocent but at the same time strong and open to all the things. I highly recommend this book - I heard it in one fell swoop and could not bear to press pause. The author is very talented, painting pictures with every word!
The characters don’t change during the book but the solution mystery is nice.
Very well read, maybe it contributed to the reason I finished it.
A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.
A fantastic story with lovely detailed characters, full of surprises. That Neil Gaiman himself narrates the story is definitely a bonus. Loved it and could not stop listening till the end
"Stunning .Ive listened to it twice in a week!"
Dont miss it!
Quirky atmospheric fun
His ability to inject life into the characters with zest and skill.
"Loved this book"
Yes. It brought out the child in me.
Boyd and his interaction with the ghosts.
I loved all of it.
It is the first time in a long time, I found it difficult to put a book down.
Neil Gaiman's narration really makes his books so good. A great story unlike anything I have listened to, great characters and once again beautifully read.
"Interesting and clever"
Dark, funny, imaginative.
As he wrote the book, you hear it exactly how it was meant to come across.
Baring in mind that this is a children's book and therefore can lack in depth/description it is still a brilliantly imaginative and at times spooky book.
"Loved this! And I never give 5 star but I have now"
Yes, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing. Neil Gaiman's reading of his story was the most absorbing I have ever listened to. I just wish the story continued in another book.
Would highly recommend you listen to this, what more is there to say
Always great when the author reads the book as you really get to hear how it was meant to sound when it was written.
"Another corker from Gaiman"
When reading/listening to this book it is important to know it is covered in Gaimans usual sprinkling gothic creepiness.
That is not a criticism, as I find his eerie style very appealing and enthralling, but be warned there are unusual characters and uneasy situations now and again.
That said there is a lot to like about this book. It has some brilliant complicated characters, some lovely quirky dialogue and an overarching story that is gripping. Each chapter has its own theme which keeps the story moving as the characters enter in and out of each, and even the supporting cast are interesting and used to perfection.
Gaiman himself narrating the book is perfect as he knows the characters inside out and reads it very well becoming each of his characters.
Even though I am in my twenties and not the target audience I enjoyed this book thoroughly, found it clever, the fantasy elements different from the usual and used to perfection, and would recommend it to anyone.
"for all ages"
This story works for adults and children with excellent narration from the author. Only hope there is a sequel as I would like to find out what happens to Bod in the future.
"Really original and gentle book"
I've never read any Neil Gaiman before and I think I struck lucky. I loved this book, innocent and wise at the same time.
"A brilliantly read and crafted tale."
Neil Gaiman effortlessly translates his brilliant imagination into this wonderful tale of an ophaned boy who grows up in a graveyard and experiences all sorts of amazing adventures. Not only does he write it, but he reads it too! Listen and experience the screech of the Nightgaunt and the comic expostulations of a Cockney ghoul! You'll be entertained and educated too cos' he's obviously done his research well and you'll benefit from that!
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