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)
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.
I just wish the story would go on .... thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and story line. Definitely made for teenagers, but I enjoyed it nonetheless
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.
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.
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.
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.
listened twice now. charming story, even if it would benefit from a more versatile narrator.
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