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The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman]

The Graveyard Book

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.
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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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    Morten Copenhagen NV, Denmark 07-24-11
    Morten Copenhagen NV, Denmark 07-24-11
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    "Compelling story great narration"

    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.

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    pagarama HAMILTON, Australia 07-20-11
    pagarama HAMILTON, Australia 07-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "AWESOME!"

    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! :-)

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    Cherie Beaconsfield, Australia 04-25-11
    Cherie Beaconsfield, Australia 04-25-11
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    "Great Tale"

    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.

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    Anne-Grethe Bording, Denmark 03-01-11
    Anne-Grethe Bording, Denmark 03-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Quaint, sweet and naive"

    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!

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    Idit Mevaseret Zion, Israel 02-20-11
    Idit Mevaseret Zion, Israel 02-20-11
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    "A 5 star book for youth."

    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.

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    Opspin København Ø, Denmark 02-05-11
    Opspin København Ø, Denmark 02-05-11

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    "I liked it :D"

    I've heard a lot about this book, now I've heard it, and I enjoyed it very much.

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    Rupert Morrish Bloomington, MN USA 11-14-10
    Rupert Morrish Bloomington, MN USA 11-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Simply fantastic"

    A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.

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    Monika Weil, Germany 10-04-10
    Monika Weil, Germany 10-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly entertaining quirky story"

    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

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    M. Solis Yucatan, MX 09-20-10
    M. Solis Yucatan, MX 09-20-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent!"

    Very enjoyable, excellent characters and good messages for young readers and older too. The narrator was also very good.

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    Lyndsay Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles 09-06-10
    Lyndsay Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles 09-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Odd premise but good"

    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.

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  • Muppet
    9/23/09
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    "Fabulous story"

    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.

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  • Angela
    newton-le-willows, merseyside, United Kingdom
    8/4/09
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    7/17/09
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    "fantastic"

    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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  • Kim
    Lyneham, Wilts, United Kingdom
    6/25/09
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    "Superb"

    This is a beautifully narrated book. The style of the narration so wonderfully matches the story. It is excellent. I heartily reccomend it to everyone who enjoys a very good quirky story.

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  • Emma
    Pembury, Kent, United Kingdom
    6/15/09
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    "Brilliant reading"

    I downloaded this title yesterday and I absolutely love Neil Gaiman's reading, he has a wonderfully rich story telling voice. The story is intended for younger readers but I would recommend it as a charming modern fairytale to anyone.

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  • Paul
    6/15/09
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    "almost but not quite"

    A great story, with only one or two dissapointing bits you find in all books - but for the story itself its 5/5 - what lets this audio book down the most is the music thats overlayed onto the start of each new secion which drowns out the narator to a degree distracting your mind from the tale and onto the tune which plays for aft far to long into each section.

    Also sad to say that I would have much preffered a proffesional voice artist to the author narrating his own book - I'm sure theres a certain charm to this and that he, above anybody else really has a feel for the characters, who they are and what they sound like... its just that the way its read at times is like a story being read to a small child by an adult who isnt quite used to reading stories yet and hasnt quite worked out which bits to emphasise, and other tricks of the trade.

    Good book - but the music and naration slightly lets it down.

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  • Wendy
    Glos, United Kingdom
    3/20/09
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    "My trip to London listening to the Graveyard book"

    The Graveyard book was the first book I had downloaded from 'Audible', I was not disappointed. I put the book onto my Ipod and listened to it on my coach journey to London, a distance of about 3 hours. Neil Gaiman has a lovely voice and the descriptions he gave was almost as if I were there - in the graveyard. The story is surreal and very entertaining, I was on the edge of my seat during the final chapter.
    I am no stranger to Gaimans books, having read 'Stardust','Anansi boys' and 'American Gods' too.
    I would recommend this book to anyone. It is brilliant made even more special by the fact that Neil narrates it.
    My Ipod battery only lasted for the first 3 chapters and gave up the ghost 2 mins before the end of chapter 3:-(, had to wait a while to hear more.

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  • Andrew D.
    3/10/09
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    This is the second of Neil Gaiman's audio books that I have listened to, following on from the Anansi Boys. Enticed by the novelty of the Anansi Boys, I was not disappointed in the Graveyard Book. This is a superb listen.

    It is well read, thoroughly enjoyable and well presented and packaged in terms of content, pace and delivery. Gaiman's sytle is beautifully gentle for the younger reader. This is a definite buy for both the younger reader and adult alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    maidstone, kent, United Kingdom
    2/15/09
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    "A first taste of Gaiman"

    You know how, when you read a book yourself, you get a 'sound' of the characters in your head?
    Well this is the first time that I've listened to an audiobook and had the narrator and my own 'sound' impression match so well.
    Beautifully read, the plot kept me listening in only 2 sittings over a busy weekend.
    I loved it enough to immediately download a couple of others, both narrated by the author.
    Thoroughly recommended.


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  • Simon
    Addlestone, Currey, United Kingdom
    1/28/09
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    "Fabulous Yarn"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting tale of a boy's life in a graveyard. It completely captured my imagination and I found it to be compelling listening. The author reads it as it is meant to be read (obviously) and brings such life and depth to the host of characters.

    Simply wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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