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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

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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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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    Amazon Customer 03-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    I first "read" this book by listening to this audiobook. It is a wonderful story (as I expected from Neil) and as he's reading his own work & I love his voice anyway, the narration is perfect. I actually liked this story so much I ended up also buying a print version.

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    James 03-25-11
    James 03-25-11
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    "Very worthwhile"

    Short and simple enough for kids to enjoy - clever and original enough for mature readers to gain something new from this tale. Interesting concept that moved at a fast clip and was just dark enough to keep an edgy interest, just innocent enough to not weigh too heavily on the mind or evoke a too critical of an engagement with the plot. The best part was Neil Gaiman's narration. Very cool.

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    michael c. hughes 01-12-11
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    "Perfect Hallowen listen."

    Cute and moved right along. Loved the narration style & pace. A little scary for younger kids but great for adults!

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    Melinda Prince George, BC, Canada 12-12-10
    Melinda Prince George, BC, Canada 12-12-10
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    "Entertaining and Well-Narrated"

    I enjoyed listening to Neil Gaiman read his own novel. Sometimes having the author narrate his or her own work is the kiss of death for a book, but Mr. Gaiman is a lively and talented reader. This book is aimed at a slightly younger audience (although it is surprisingly morbid in parts) so it's not a particularly complex story, but it is well-paced, with an interesting overall concept (orphaned mortal child is raised by spirits in a graveyard). I'd recommend it for anyone who isn't too easily put off by mildly gory/scary bits and is looking for an entertaining, quick listen.

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    Daniel Foxborough, MA, United States 12-10-10
    Daniel Foxborough, MA, United States 12-10-10
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    "WONDERFUL"

    This book was amazing! Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and narrator. He can make each voice original to each character, and the story itself is completely mesmerizing! One you start listening you'll be hook. But it can be a bit strange and somewhat dark in places. Best keep it for kids no younger than five. But otherwise it is a must read!! If you loved Coraline then you'll love this too!!!

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    TiffyP United States 12-10-10
    TiffyP United States 12-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    I love this book! It was fantastically written and very imaginative. I reccomend it for young adults and adults who enjoy reading such as Harry Potter. I can not rave enough about it.

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    DonC 12-05-10
    DonC 12-05-10
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    "Great family entertainment"

    My kids age 8, 10, and 12, wife (not giving age), and I all enjoyed The Graveyard Book. Perfect for listening together on our long drive, except that we spent a few minutes in the driveway each time we reached our destination, unable to stop listening. Gaiman's deft presentation kept all ages on the edge of our seats without being too intense for even the youngest listeners.

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    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 12-02-10
    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Finely written. Finely narrated"

    When I saw that this book was narrated by the author I almost didn't bother to listen to it. I've heard too often the horrible results of authors who think, "Because I wrote it, I can read it." This is not the case with Mr. Gaiman. He was as good a narrator as I've ever heard and better than many.

    The subject material was superbly handled. There were so many places the author could have gotten off balance and spoiled the result, but he kept is all perfectly balanced. We had ghosts, and werewolves, and vampires, and ghouls, and humans and yet there were no excesses. There was nothing "fantastic" about any of them. Never was I attracted to a character (and I was attracted to all the characters) because of what he was, but because of who he was. The ending could have been so easily butchered, as so many are, but ending balanced the sad with the hopeful. What a wonderful book.

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    Mark 11-25-10
    Mark 11-25-10
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    "Excellent"

    I became a Neil Gaiman fan with American Gods. This novel is even better. Very entertaining.

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    Yvette Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-21-10
    Yvette Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Holy Graveyard"

    Great little book good enough for a 10-15year olds. Characters are wholesome and villains are believable.

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