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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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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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    John CEDAR CITY, UT, United States 08-23-12
    John CEDAR CITY, UT, United States 08-23-12
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    "Interesting and fun story with a great reader!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    No but definitely close. It is hard to beat just reading a book but this one is really fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a fun twist on the Jungle Book story, but has enough of its own story that you aren't overwhelmed by trying to compare the to stories. Also I really like the funny twist on feeling like a book for a younger audience but having darker maybe even a little morbid content more for adults.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Silas and Miss Lupescu are my two favorite characters of this book and I was pleased to hear them read very well.


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

    No. I liked it a lot but am very busy and am a person with many interests so I never really read or listen in one sitting. That is why I love books and audio books, you can put them down and just pick it up later.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book! and a great audio book to fit the amazing story. I feel that most author/readers, do one or the other well and this is one that both are done successfully.

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    A User 08-21-12
    A User 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    Most likely. I haven't read this particular book in print, but having read some of Neil Gaiman's other books, i much prefer to hear him narrate them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bod. I enjoyed how he matured in a realistic way as the story progressed.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman doesn't do voices. Yes, he changes his narration enough so that you can catch which character is speaking, but it's not the over the top change that some narraters fall back on. I find it more engaging and less distracting.


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    Stella East Bridgewater, MA, United States 08-15-12
    Stella East Bridgewater, MA, United States 08-15-12

    Kindergarten teacher, grandmother of 5, gardener, loves animals and Arizona!

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    "Neil Gaiman: Extraordinary Narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook for the sheer delight of listening to a masterful narration and storyline.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    The path that young Bod's life travels brought to mind "The Talisman," with all its fantastic characters and events. Neil Gaiman creates the most unbelievable story, and renders it believable.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Although there were many, Silas was my favorite character. I found myself anticipating his presence in the novel, and wondering (like the inhabitants of the graveyard) where he had gone in his absence.


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    Kelly Pivik 08-11-12
    Kelly Pivik 08-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Gaiman is just awesome..."

    Neil Gaiman is an amazing author and a fantastic narrator. This book is geared toward younger audiences, but I loved it so much that I re-listened to it with my husband soon after finishing it the first time. He loved it too! I highly recommend this for adults as well as the younger folks (although I'm not sure I would go too young). I would listen to Neil Gaiman read a cereal box!

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    Darren Portland, OR, United States 08-06-12
    Darren Portland, OR, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining."
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil Gaiman?

    The best part about listening to an author read his own work is that you hear his intent. You hear the intended mood swings, the pronunciation and enunciation, the vocal pauses and the unsaid sentences left hanging.

    But not all authors should read their own work. The ability to write is not the same as the ability to perform. Using distinctive voices is itself an art form, and not everyone can do it.

    As much as I loved this story by Neil Gaiman, I'm not sure he was the right voice for the audio. The children sound too old. The women sound too masculine, (save one that sounded perfect!)

    His pace was excellent. Slow and calm actually heightened tension


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

    I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. In fact, i used earphones and listened to a great deal of it while sitting at my computer in the office.


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    Susan Denver, CO, United States 08-03-12
    Susan Denver, CO, United States 08-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Gaiman's narration is magical"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    Gaiman weaves a magical world around an exceptional child


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    Bod finds himself trapped in the Pawn Shop closet, and has to figure out how to get back home


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Nobody Owens


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and wondered at the imaginary characters and happenings


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    Amazon Customer Beaverton, OR, United States 07-10-12
    Amazon Customer Beaverton, OR, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply wonderful!"
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Maybe... but I would definitely recommend it to anyone. We listened to it as a family, and once you get past the terror of the first few minutes, it was enjoyed by us (parents), a 13yo, a 10yo, and a 6 yo.


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    Debra 07-10-12
    Debra 07-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I live in Florida, I'm Cerified Hypnotherapist, Recover Coach & Trainer, NLP, Theta Healing and Energy Healing. I'm all so a Process Server in Palm Beach County.

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    "Good for kids"
    What did you like best about The Graveyard Book? What did you like least?

    The book had a great storyline. I believe that it's fantastic for children it has great characters.
    I found the book to be very interesting and allowed my grandson to listen to it.
    There was nothing that I did not like about the book


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    I could not think of any at this time


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was The Graveyard Book worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book for kids. It's was a good book for my grandson

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    M. I. Se Denver, CO 07-09-12
    M. I. Se Denver, CO 07-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Double Black Diamond

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    "Slow listen"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps this is more of a children's book, sort of along the Goosebumps line, but wouls be as oddly inappropriate for a child as it was for this adult.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voices were difficult to distinguish and not particularly engaging.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Graveyard Book?

    Scenes were too long, and devoid of action, express or implied.


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    Sherylette PARAGOULD, AR, United States 07-09-12
    Sherylette PARAGOULD, AR, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this one!"

    I must say it took me a while to listen to this one; only because I was on a trip and kept falling asleep. Once I returned home, I started at the beginning and really enjoyed the entire thing. Go with your imagination on this one, realize Nobody is living in a graveyard and enjoy it. I know I did!

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