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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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    kristin Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-29-12
    kristin Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Neil Nails It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We downloaded this book for a 6 hour trip. Mom, dad, an 11 and a 7 year old were totally absorbed for the entire trip. Neil narrates this book himself and he does not disappoint. The characters are interesting, the story is layered with complexity and there is plenty of suspense. Totally worth the purchase. We'll listen again this summer on another long journey.


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    KIMBER Falls Church, VA, United States 02-24-12
    KIMBER Falls Church, VA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Cortster

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    "What an author! What a voice! What a book!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    My inner (and outter, for that matter) child just adores when a story teller does sound effects. When Bod is learning to make the bird shriek for


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

    I was cheering (aloud, luckily I was by myself at the time) when Bod lured that awful bad Jack down to the Sleer and traps him there to be the Sleer's Master forever. You go, Bod! I am also very fond of Miss Lepescu and was glad when Bod told her straight up he simply could not eat the food she was bringing him in those plastic containers.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Himself! I swear he *is* every character he portrays in some way or other. He is so obviously enjoying himself. It is easy to forget sometimes that there is only one person reading this story.


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

    Yes, but I also didn't want it to end too soon either so I


    Any additional comments?

    If you get the opportunity to listen to any of Mr. Gaiman's books, do so!

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    K. K. T. Coyle Grants, NM 02-22-12
    K. K. T. Coyle Grants, NM 02-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    I love it when the author Narrates!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was surprised by the dark beginning, but really shouldn't have been as the title is THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, but I was. Highly entertaining, always something new.


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

    Main Character


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    Jean Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12
    Jean Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the All Time Bests"

    I love this book and Neil Gaiman makes is come alive!! I've listened to it 3 or 4 times now and will listen again when I need a lift. Nobody is a character to love as are Mr. and Mrs. Owens!

    When nothing else in my library appeals to me I'll listen to The Graveyard Book or Strardust - over and over.

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    Margaret Edmond, OK, United States 02-21-12
    Margaret Edmond, OK, United States 02-21-12
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    "Flawless; if only there were a sequel"
    Any additional comments?

    I was new to the Gaiman world, not even having seen a movie based on one of his books. It was recommended by a friend who knew I liked fantasy even though most of my reading these days is non-fiction or British mysteries.

    I was engrossed from the first paragraph. I found myself sitting in parking lots or my driveway, unable to stop until the end of a chapter. At first, it was a little unnerving to think that this was promoted as a children's book but then my 9-year old self would have loved it too.
    The reading was pitch perfect with Mr. Gaiman becoming his characters so organically that it never felt awkward. He embodied male/female, human/deceased/creatures, good/evil so effortlessly that it never took me out of the moment as the voices shifted.

    The hardest part at the end was the realization that it was the end. How could these

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    Lori Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12
    Lori Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hauntingly touching"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but Neil Gaiman reads his own work with professionalism and sincerity.


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

    I listened while I walked my dog on chilly January mornings and the evocative placement of the grave yard setting was good company.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love when Bod is trying to fade and failing, or bored with his lessons.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad to come to the end of this story. I loved having the characters with me.

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    JLS SEARCY, AR, United States 02-19-12
    JLS SEARCY, AR, United States 02-19-12

    JL

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    "An interesting book is made great by the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as a pleasant diversion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting, unlike any other I've read.


    Any additional comments?

    The book, while interesting, is certainly no classic. It is, however, a pleasant way to spend a few hours. It was the narration that turned an average review into one well above average.

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    deborah Honolulu, HI, United States 02-19-12
    deborah Honolulu, HI, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Held My Attention"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to this while running, and I often have a hard time following a story and keeping my attention on a story while running. But this one did the trick! I LOVED the performace by the author- he was pretty amazing. The story is great, too. Quirky and cute.


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    elaine United States 02-16-12
    elaine United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Loved everything about this book!"

    I purchased this book during an audible sale and I am now so eager to read more by this author.. Typically, I don't enjoy books narrated by author but he is a fabulous narrator as well as a wonderful, creative and imaginative writer. He gave breath to the characters and I felt like I could "see" the story.. Dont let the fact that this is a young adult story stop you from reading it.. I have suggested this story to many people!

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    laura Florence, AL, United States 02-16-12
    laura Florence, AL, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An absolute delight to listen to."
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Graveyard Book is way up there on my list. I have always loved Neil Gaiman and worn out quite a few copies of Stardust. I expect I will listen to this one more than once.


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

    I loved the dance, and the wonderful music in between chapters, though it was a bit loud, and when his childhood friend returns and when the residents of the graveyard decide to


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

    Neil Gaiman does so well portraying all of his characters exactly as he imagines them, but I kind of liked Silas. He was just so matter-of-fact.


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

    I think I kind of did listen to it all at once, with just a few little breaks. I also listened at the dentists office to take my mind off having a fractured toothe pulled. It helped.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaimans stories are magical, they carry you away to a different sort of place than most novels do. It usually turns out to be a place that I like very much, and could spend lots of time at. His are stories that I never want to end.

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