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
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, it's beautifully written and deftly read by the author.
The plot keeps you intrigued all the way through, with nice little references as to the origins of Bod's guardian Silas and his counterpart Miss Lupescu.
The sinister "Man Jack" proves to be a very memorable villain. Having never experienced the world of Neil Gaiman's books before, I look forward greatly to my next one.
"If you get only one audiobook this year..."
...make it this one.
This tale is perfect for the medium and the author paces the narration perfectly. The story has everything: suspense, scares (mild ones), pathos, mystery, an evil antagonist and lovable proatgonists.
The plot is effectively a number of self-contained chapters which take you through the life of a child who escapes being killed with the rest of his family by blundering into a graveyard and being adopted by the ghosts there. Mad as it seems, by the end of the first chapter you will see this as perfectly normal.
Neil writes with very graphic language and his narration makes the best use of this, painting pictures with his voice. The language is such that the whole family can listen without getting lost or being talked down to.
This is perfect for a car journey, it will entertain all ages and predelictions.
Get it now before Hollywood gets hold of it an cuts it down to 90 minutes, there is magic enough for much, much more than that.
this was my first listen with this author and i loved every minute of it. It was well read, well written, very entertaining. Shared it with the rest of the family even granny and they all loved it. Brilliant!
"a delightful fast-paced fairy tale for adults."
This is a delightful fast-paced fairy tale for adults. Both touching and funny, with the occasional creepy passage, it is not only very well written but brilliantly narrated by Neil Gaiman. The characters are colourful and endearing: the dead are eerie, the villains very evil and Bod is the perfect hero - lovable, sweet and strong at the same time. A real treat!
"Weird but enjoyable"
As usual with Mr Gaiman an unusual and thoroughly entertaining listen.
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