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)
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
This was my first adult audio book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also really liked the narrator, what a surprise that it was the author himself. There are few authors that could pull that off. I hope he narrates other author's books and more of his own. The story was interesting, flowed well and kept me listening.
I could hardly put this book down, the characters are so scary and friendly at the same time, it's absurd! Fantastically well written, wonderfully narrated, not quite giving me nightmares but the ending still gives me goose bumps.
Worth every penny.
"Fantastic! Had us all hooked."
The combination of imaginative, compelling story, characters and narration made this a treat to listen to. My son (7) was initially a little scared but also gripped and then, once he had become attached to the character of Bod and his 'family', he couldn't wait to find out what happened. I listened with him at first to reassure him and then found myself not wanting to miss out. We have since listened to it again and read the book. An absolute favourite. Who says writing for children is a lesser art?
The book is fantastic, it keeps you interested from the beginning. The only downfall (luckily not too important) is the music, which I think completely unnecessary and a bit anoying.
Worth listening to!!!
Gaiman's talents once again shine through in this tale of a small boy who's taken into care, by a graveyard. Funny and engaging the story unfolds and characters come to life with Gaiman's wonderful use of accent and tone.
Not quite sure who it's aimed at?
I'm 37 and I loved it.This one stays in my collection.
"A charming book"
This book is a charming tail about the underworld. The story is told with such wit I was disappointed when I finished it, not because it was a bad ending but i was no longer emerged in this rich and colourful world that the author created.
"Anything but grave"
I have to admit to loving all of Neil Gaiman's books. His writing is so unique and this story does not disappoint. An unusual storyline - a young child is rescued from those who would harm him by the inhabitants of a graveyard and grows up living as a virtual ghost. It is funny in parts, scary in parts, and a book that I just didn't want to end. If you haven't tried his books, this is a great place to start
"First Audible purchase, a purchase well-made"
After the Guardian had their offer on free audiobooks from Audible I quickly signed up for it and wasn't dissapointed by my first download. Gaiman reading his own material is like being lulled to sleep by a comforting voice.
I've always enjoyed the production of audiobooks, left them for a while, and now I'm back. The story was pacey and very enjoyable. Recommended.
this is a very engaging story and although it is aimed at older children it stands up very well to an adult reader. Much better than the Harry Potter books.
The narrator is Neil Gaiman himself and he is great to listen to, the story grabs you from the first lines and keeps you till the end.
"lovely, quirky and so well read"
this is a story for young adults or old adults....like my good self.I was attracted to this story by the the story line, a young boy grows up in a graveyard cared for by ghosts and other such. It is read very well indeed by the author and this adds depth I feel to the characters and the descriptions of the various places Bod visits. Its an entertaining story, amusing, scary and Bod is a loveable character. This is a story I highly recommend.
a beautifully told, dark, intelligent, simple, series of fairy-tale adventures in the life of Bod. Pretty much perfect,i'm getting hooked on gaiman...
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