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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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    Tammy 04-23-09
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    "Great listen--fooled me about being a kid's book!!"

    Really enjoyed this book. It moved along at a good pace, kept my attention. The characters were so varied and interesting to watch their interaction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Rye, CO, United States 04-09-09
    Katherine Rye, CO, United States 04-09-09
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    I was very impressed, the narrator brought the story to life, made it very worth listening to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Guidotti-Smith 01-26-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book!"

    Another GREAT Gaiman book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. ferreira 12-07-08
    M. ferreira 12-07-08
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    "Gaiman is wonderful as usual"

    I am a fan of Gaimans work and this did not disapoint. Hearing an author read their own work is a joy to me and Gaiman is one of the best at it. It is a bit adult for the younger edge of the young adult fiction but nicely dark for 12 and over set.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Northfield, MN, USA 10-29-08
    Jessica Northfield, MN, USA 10-29-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely wonderful."

    When I was a kid, there were a few books that shone a new light on the world for me, made it seem that anything was possible, made me want to tell stories of my own. For kids growing up now, this will be one of those books. An adult reader won't be disappointed either. This may be Gaiman's best so far.

    The recording was excellent -- Gaiman is always the best reader of his own work -- but for one small flaw: the music between chapters remained a bit too loud as the voice resumed, so that the words are hard to make out for about the first minute of each chapter.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Tuck 10-20-08
    A. Tuck 10-20-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Master writer AND storyteller"

    It may be listed as a kid's book, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable listen as an adult. Well thought out and written, the story revealed itself at an excellent pace. And, Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job telling the story. He's great to listen to - good pacing, good voices, not over the top or bland.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-21-09
    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-21-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Who was this book written for??"

    The beginning was far to dark and scary for my 4 younger children (ages 2-9) but the rest of the book was too bland for my 12 year old or myself. It was like Dean Koontz wrote a few sections in a Casper the Friendly Ghost book. I think it would have been a fine children's story if it omitted the details about the murders in the beginning. Do kids really need to visualize where the bodies were? And the section about the indigo man was pretty dark for middle readers, IMHO.

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    Charlotte Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 11-03-08
    Charlotte Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 11-03-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Gaiman at his best"

    I have mixed feelings about Neil Gaiman's children/young adult fiction, but "Graveyard" was a winner. "Coraline" was charming and creepy, but I found "Stardust's" sex scenes plain inappropriate, especially for that genre. (Gaiman's occasional sliding into graphic coarseness is the reason why I avoid his adult fiction altogether.) He is a skilful storyteller, though, and I took a chance on "The Graveyard Book." I was very pleased by both the smoothness of the plot, the enjoyable characterization, and some well paced surprises (one of which at least did take me completely by surprise). And it was genuinely older kid/young adult friendly with no inappropriate scenes in my opinion; the scary bits were handled with tact and discreet detail hinted but not spelled out whenever something violent or scary was occuring. Gaiman's own reading style is one I find delightful and so "Graveyard" is a risk that paid off in full for me.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Marlton, NJ, USA 04-06-09
    Debra Marlton, NJ, USA 04-06-09
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    "JK Rowling Meets Tolkien"

    A mix between Harry Potter and middle earth, leaning towards middle earth. If thats your thing you will love it. If not don't use your credit.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-10-08
    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-10-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Charming"

    This short book is charming from start to finish. Neil Gaiman did a stellar job of narrating his story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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