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The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman]

The Graveyard Book

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....
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Publisher's Summary

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Music arrangement of "Danse Macabre" copyright 2008 by Béla Fleck and Ben Sollee, Fleck Music (BMI), admin. by Bug Music.

©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2009
  • Newbery Medal winner, 2009

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    Linda Norton, MA, United States 12-10-09
    Linda Norton, MA, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A new point of view"

    I loved this book and wish it was 10 times longer. The imagery that Mr Gaiman puts out is as entertaining as the actual storyline. I felt like I was right there sitting on a gravestone watching everything go by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Phoenix, AZ, USA 11-25-09
    Casey Phoenix, AZ, USA 11-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good YA "Ghost Story""

    If you are looking for American Gods revisited, this is not it. If you are looking for a good YA story, this is a good option.

    It's a turnabout novel -- instead of ghosts haunting the living. The living is "haunting" the graveyard. But all the demons and ghosts are simply a backdrop to a coming of age story.

    And, BTW, the author does a nice job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Austin, TX, United States 11-10-09
    Tim Austin, TX, United States 11-10-09
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    "A good introduction to Neil Gaiman"

    A touching, charming tale of death and life, full of wit and magic. The plot is worn and familiar, but Gaiman's attention to detail in his prose, as well as his beautiful reading, make the story as comfortable as a blanket on a chilly evening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Heppner, OR, USA 10-16-09
    Stefanie Heppner, OR, USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it"

    worth every penny

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 10-02-09
    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 10-02-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific!"

    Very well written and masterly narrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 09-10-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 09-10-09 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "Wonderful!"

    Neil Gaiman perfectly narrates his amazing story. I very highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Tomball, TX, USA 08-13-09
    Randy Tomball, TX, USA 08-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't see what all the hype is about"

    It was an OK, entertaining story but not the great read everyone else is raving about. Middle of the pack at best.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Murfreesboro, TN, USA 07-05-09
    Darlene Murfreesboro, TN, USA 07-05-09
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    "you must listen to this!"

    Neil Gaiman at his masterful best - both as author and narrator.

    May be a little intense for children under 12, but enjoyable for anyone over that age. Themes of love, redemption, courage, and loyalty.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don DENNISON, MN, United States 06-20-09
    Don DENNISON, MN, United States 06-20-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Outstanding"

    As author and narrator, Mr. Gaiman does an outstanding job. This is the second book of his that I have listened to and he has become one of my favorite authors.

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    Dawn 06-04-09
    Dawn 06-04-09
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    "Worth listening to!"

    Geared toward a younger age group, but well written and narrated. I enjoyed it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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