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Coraline Audiobook

Coraline: An Adventure Too Weird for Words

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Publisher's Summary

Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.

Shortly after moving into an old house Coraline discovers a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room. And it is locked. Curiosity runs riot in Coraline's mind and she unlocks the door to see what lies behind it. Disappointingly, it opens onto a brick wall. Days later, after exploring the rest of the house and garden, Coraline returns to the same mysterious door and opens it again. This time, however, there is a dark hallway in front of her. Stepping inside, the place beyond has an eerie familiarity about it. The carpet and wallpaper are the same as in her flat. The picture hanging on the wall is the same. Almost. Strangest of all, her mum and dad are there too. Only they have buttons for eyes and seem more possessive than normal. It's a twisted version of her world that is familiar, and yet sinister. And matters get even more surreal for Coraline when her "other" parents seem reluctant to let her leave.

©2002 Neil Gaiman; (P)2002 Bloomsbury

What the Critics Say

"I think this book will nudge Alice In Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love." (Diana Wynne Jones)
"This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your shoes and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece. And you will never think about buttons in quite the same way again." (Terry Pratchett)

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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ah hahaha"

    What a lovely story this is, I see that this could have bin one of my favourite story when I was a child. But I was 26 when I heard it the first time. But it is a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Henriette 06-22-12
    Henriette 06-22-12
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    "Eerie"

    A disconcerting book for an adult to read. An excellent book for a child who is contemplating the consequences of its wishes and actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Belo Horizonte, Brazil 11-09-10
    Maria Belo Horizonte, Brazil 11-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    I watched the movie, and loved it. Then, I thought the audio would be nice, too. But, in fact, I think I'm in love with the whole story, in any possible way, since I'm listening all over and over again. The narrator is excellent, so I recommend it a lot, even to adults (I'm 30).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Justin Coyne
    5/19/09
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    "Excellent"

    Neil Gaiman is a fantastic story teller, and has an imagination that just explodes from his books. This book is an instant classic!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tring, Herts, United Kingdom
    7/13/09
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    "Great story, OK reading"

    Wonderful, macabre stroytelling - Gaiman at his almost best (The Graveyard Book is better). If you like Dawn French, no problem: I've always found her irritating and this didn't change that. I can't fault the storytelling though - Neil Gaiman makes the Brothers Grimm look like writers of -- well -- fairytales. Pitch black and wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/12/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story and brilliantly narrated. Very easy to listen to and enthralling. I'll be buying more of Neil Gaiman stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    12/31/15
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    "To be honest I struggled with this"

    Normally I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman but I found this hard going, Dawn French was good, but perhaps at middle age I'm too old for this particular story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • westerbaanken
    12/9/15
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    "Dark & Delightful"

    This book is like an onion. With layers & stuff. Highly enjoyable on so many levels. I love Coraline Jones. So i do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • val
    wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    12/6/15
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    "a joy"
    Where does Coraline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a short but entertaining listen. just right for a car journey one of my top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I do enjoy Neil Gaimen stories and this is no exception, a creepy tale, make sure you appreciate your parents!


    What about Dawn French’s performance did you like?

    The voice really complements the book, just the right amount of menace in it, very easy to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to but had to return to finish it the next day


    Any additional comments?

    a modern classic that I could listen to several times without losing interest

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Snook
    12/5/15
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    "The film better than the book?"

    Yes, strange but true. I actually felt that the animated adaptation was better than the original book, and I feel dirty for saying that! However, it is still a great, fantastical tale that is scary and delightful in equal measure.

    Curiously, I felt Dawn French's narration was laboured and almost patronising. It felt too slow and as though she was talking to a group of four year olds sat around a picture book. It made me want to scream "Get on with it!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    12/1/15
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    "Amazing story for a children's book!"

    I thought it was awesome for a children's book. I would recommend it to all families. When your listening to it being read, you can really let your mind go into full imagination. Absolutely amazing loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Dublin Ireland
    12/17/09
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    "Great story but didn't like Dawn"

    A really great story for young and old, but I feel Dawn French's narration tends to be too childish and what should be a creepy atmosphere suffers as a result.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
    5/24/15
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    "I really enjoyed this"

    As one would expect from Neil Gaiman this is a beautiful story. It's atmospheric and has some life-lessons. Dawn French was the perfect choice for reader. It's not a story that is suitable for under 10s because it's frightening at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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