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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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    P. J. Benyei 05-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "for ages 5-10"

    I can not believe this book won Audio of the year - more staggering are the positive reviews, ostensibly written by adults. I feel hoodwinked and cheated! Granted the book is listed under audible for kids, it should be listed under audio for toddlers. It is one step above "Dick and Jane" or "see spot run" If this book is for all ages then Harry Potter is for Nobel Laureates.

    Bod, the UK version of Casper, goes on a series of little adventures that have a bit of a creepy element, but are quickly resolved in about 10 minutes with a happy ending, a la Scooby-do meets Casper Saturday morning cartoons. Then he goes on his next adventure. I couldn't bear it. I tried, I really tried, and I've managed to finish some real stinkers- this book holds the dubious honor of being both one of the shortest in my library of hundreds and the ONLY book I have ever been unable to finish. When I say unable, I mean it- incapable- I'd rather get a root canal. What a waste.

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    Janel 06-18-09
    Janel 06-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderfully imaginative!"

    I loved the book, I loved the narrator. I only regret that the story was so short. I think it could easily have been 7 novels!

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    ShawnaLanne Blahville 04-13-09
    ShawnaLanne Blahville 04-13-09 Member Since 2004

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    "Wonderful Listen"

    This was a great audiobook. The writing and the narration were both of wonderful. It's a magical and engaging story throughout that I highly reccomend.

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    Sadie Prater Dallas, TX United States 11-13-08
    Sadie Prater Dallas, TX United States 11-13-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Wonderful!!!!"

    Just delightful. Gaiman juggles myth the way some people do with oranges. Made even better by his voice. True storytelling of the best sort.

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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 11-02-08
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 11-02-08 Member Since 2008

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    "so different"

    This book was a lot of fun and such a different story line.

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