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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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    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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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, fun listen."

    One of the greatest things about this book is that Neil Gaiman does the narration. There is nothing better than hearing an author read his or her own work. The story is good fun, nothing complex. Each chapter is a mini story that fits into the overall story line making it easy to listen to over time - you can finish a chapter then come back a few days later and not forget where you're up to in the story. It's a children's book, which I didn't realise until after purchase, and listening to it before going to sleep reminded me of when I was young and my parents would read to us kids one chapter of a book before bed. Worth the credit if you're after something light and fun.

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    Yashica 07-29-10
    Yashica 07-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "More...more"

    I just wish the story would go on .... thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and story line. Definitely made for teenagers, but I enjoyed it nonetheless

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    Adelheid 07-09-10
    Adelheid 07-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Enchanting"

    Not at all what I expected, it is whimsical & enchanting. Neil Gaiman narrates with exellent timing and creates the perfect mood. Loved the quirky music.

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    Rachel MuntinlupaPhilippines 05-06-10
    Rachel MuntinlupaPhilippines 05-06-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A Magical Bon-Bon of a Story"

    The Graveyard Book was a delight to listen to from start to finish. So rarely do I come across a book that grips me from the start --- but this did. It definitely is for the younger audiences but even those young at heart (I'm 34) can enjoy this as well. The author can have a second career as a narrator. He was simply brilliant and shone the characters in their proper light.

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    Mark StockportUnited Kingdom 11-23-09
    Mark StockportUnited Kingdom 11-23-09
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen."

    A riveting, fantastic story.

    But what makes this audiobook so special is Neil Gaiman's utterly spellbinding narration. He brings life to each character in turn and draws you in further with each breath.

    My only problem with the narration is that it makes most other narrators sound rather mundane and ordinary. A true story teller, telling a story how it should be told.

    Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer adam2612 09-15-09
    Amazon Customer adam2612 09-15-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "An expert in dreams and memories"

    Not all stories are remembered long after hearing them, but the insights this one has will ensure I keep going back to it.
    I felt quite sad, like leaving an old friend, when I knew I was coming to the end.
    It must surely become a classic, with its slowly revealed plot and its individual moral tales.
    Listening to the story read by the author makes this even more special.

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    Gaye South Hedland, Australia 08-10-09
    Gaye South Hedland, Australia 08-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book, would make a great bedtime story, very entertaining.

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  • matthew
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "One of the best yet"

    Loved it, listened to this after a friends recommendation, love Neil gaiman's books, and this is up there with the best of them very good listen

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  • ben allen
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A wonderful book"

    I am new (but catching up) to Neil Gaiman's prolific work. The story, characterisation and fabulous ideas spill from this book. Add to that Neil's unique and mesmerizing narration and insight at the end, makes this an Audio book worth listening to. While written for young adults, it is written with enough whit and humour to entertain someone of any age. I could not recommend this book more if I wanted to - marvellous!

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  • Mr. A. Gibbons
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    4/7/13
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    "Wonderful book"

    Great book. Decent reading although I think I'd prefer it if it was an actor reading rather than the author. Still brilliant though.

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  • Sherry
    Saxmundham, United Kingdom
    2/10/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    I loved this book. It was great to hear something that, although fantastic, could at a stretch be real.

    I found myself looking forward to shutting myself in my room and hearing more. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic narrator, which increased my enjoyment.



    If there is one tiny thing that spoilt it for me, (but not for long) it is that I realised what was going to happen at one point in the book a bit sooner than I would have liked. I lost the 'surprise'.



    Although I never re read/hear any books (once read/heard is enough) I have to say that I would be happy to listen to this again (at any point in the story) if somebody else had it on.



    I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Johanna
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Such a lovely story..."

    ...and Neil Gaiman has an absolutely lovely voice too. It is strangely reminiscent of Benedict Cumberbatch which is just about the highest compliment I can give, being a huge fan of the man.



    I loved all of Neil Gaiman's books, but this one is a real treat. I can only recommend it to anyone!

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  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    12/23/12
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    "Not Just For Kids"

    Neil Gaimen never fails to entertain, shock and suprise you. In this book we meet Bod - he sees dead people!.



    You will fall in love with Bod and his dead friends - chearing them on all the way to the end.



    I have listnened to this several times now - a shear delight each time.

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  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/20/12
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    "Charming and quirky."

    This is probably the cutest book that Neil Gaiman has ever written. It is like a really cute and kid-safe Tim Burton movie, complete with morbid little characters that are just misunderstood and actually really lovely in their undead state.

    Neil does a stellar job narrating his own book.

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/4/11
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    "Lovely, enchanting, uplifting but with a dark edge"

    This is one of those books you will want to listen to again, and again, about once a year. Excellently read and suitable for children and adults. A good book to read to your grandchildren.

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  • Richard
    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
    7/10/11
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    "Chilling."

    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.

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  • Sarah
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    2/24/11
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    "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?

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