Audie Award, Distinguished Achievement in Production, 2015
A brand-new full-cast audio edition of a perennial favorite - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold over one million copies. Special content in this edition includes the story behind The Graveyard Book, written and performed by Neil Gaiman.
The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal (the only novel to ever win both awards), the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult Book, and Audiobook of the Year. This full-cast audio edition is performed by Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Reece Shearsmith, Lenny Henry, Elizabeth Bennett, Allan Corduner, Sean Baker, Tim Dann, Adjoa Andoh, Jenny Gannon, Dan Weyman, and Daniel Brocklebank.
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…
Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book by beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman is sure to enthrall listeners of all ages.
©2008 Neil Gaiman (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Since Neil Gaiman's own excellent reading of this was already in my library, I hesitated before adding the dramatized version of "The Graveyard Book." How glad I am that I went ahead and used a credit!
This man has written lots of memorable books, but "The Graveyard Book" stands out. There's a lot of love in here, and it is wonderful to hear the author explain a little about that at the end of the recording. No one will be surprised to hear that the work is quite important personally to Mr. Gaiman - it shows in every chapter.
There's a lot that is very special in this book regardless of how it's experienced - I have read the hard copy and enjoyed both audios. The characters - living, dead or somewhere in between - are absolutely real and absolutely unforgettable. The episodic nature of the narrative not only reflects its admitted source, Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book," but it makes for excellent reading aloud in segments - sharing with children or adults. (I imagine even the cats and dogs listening in during an evening reading will love it.)
The fine actors involved in this production all obviously enjoyed performing this for us. If you've already read it, consider getting this edition as well. "The Graveyard Book" simply cannot read or heard too many times!
One personal note - my young grandchildren live in a house across from an historical cemetery. They play there and ride their bikes and look for angel headstones. Before very long, I hope to introduce them to the world of "The Graveyard Book." I think they will feel quite at home in its pages.
I'm 24, from Italy. I love books, I love stories in every form. I'm a bibliophile, a librarian, a writer. I love Audible !
I loved this book so much! It's pure magic ! Silas, Nobody Owens, the ghosts, the ghouls, the atmosphere in the Graveyard, the Man Jack, Miss Lupescu! Oh for the Death's pants! You have to read it, if you haven't! I will love Neil Gaiman forever.
“Step and turn, and walk and stay,
Now we dance the Macabray.” - chapter five. My favourite.
This full cast performance is exceptional, it took me there and it painted my world with caressing shadows and suggestive fantasies. Amazing production !
We all enjoyed this wonderfully presented ensemble cast production of this well woven tale for the whole family. So will you.
I thought I'd miss Neil's voice for the whole book but I adored the full cast performance so much! And the music for the dance macabre was perfection.
My rating: G to PG (violent situations); A+++ great story
Favorite character: not sure, so many from which to choose!
This is a delightfully rich story about a toddler whose family is murdered, and when the killer goes to the boy's bedroom to kill him, he finds the boy has gone. It turns out that the boy has toddled off to the ancient graveyard/local park across the way. When the killer follows him to the cemetery, the local ghosts (and friends) protect the boy and decide to raise him and guard him from the dangers of the outside world.
We don't find out until late in the story just *why* the boy is slated for murder, or why he has to be protected in the years to come, but he is only safe in the cemetery, and he is given the run of the graveyard, such that he can not only see and hear the ghosts, but he can touch them as well. His guardian is a mysterious character we are given to understand is not quite a ghost, but something "other" and his teachers range from ghosts to another who is "other". Each chapter is a new adventure, and through the whole story we are concerned for the boy's (who is named Nobody, because he looks like himself and nobody else) safety, as there is still a target on his life.
The narration and performance are exquisitely done, with each character having a separate voice, and the book ends with a wonderful little snippet from Mr. Gaiman about where he got the idea for the plot and the characters. The whole project is professionally finished, with wonderful touches such as music and sound effects that, far from detracting, only add to the story.
The only thing I would warn listeners about is that between each chapter, there is a musical interlude that is long enough to almost convince you that the story is at an end...don't be fooled. Even though some of the chapters draw to a close so neatly that they could easily be the ending of the book, there is always another adventure around the corner. It's not over until the author comes in to tell us the background.
I've listened to only one other Neil Gaiman story, which I also thoroughly enjoyed (Neverwhere), but I assumed it was an outlier for some reason, as I had heard Mr. Gaiman described as a writer of horror similar to Stephen King. While I have nothing against Mr. King or his writings, Mr. Gaiman definitely has a different style, and neither the Graveyard Book nor Neverwhere are in any way horror related. Both are wonderfully quirky stories, reminiscent (to me anyway) of much more professionally done Twilight Zone episodes (with better story lines...and this comes from a *big* TZ fan).
Thank you Mr. Gaiman for sharing your brilliance and your talent with the world. I will be listening to many more of your stories. (And I plan to relisten to the two listed above very soon.)
The topic was innocuous enough that I thought it was a light read. But the author wove the story so well that I was very engrossed in the story.
I might think to find an audiobook version of the Good Omen.
The voices used were a great match to the characters.
Yes, this was a book I had wanted to listen to all in one sitting.
To be completely honest, if it weren’t for the amazing cast and music I would’ve lost interest in this book at first. It has a really slow start and each chapter felt like a separate story in Bod’s life at the graveyard, not all of which I found of interest. Nevertheless, about halfway through the book, things start to pick up and my interest was caught. As it turned out, everything leading to Bod’s age 14 was a set up to what was to come, and trust me when I say stick with this book, it’s worth it.
The ending was amazing. It’s bittersweet and left me with my heart full. I think I even shed a tear or two. It is a beautiful growing up tale about finding love (any kind of love) in the most unexpected places and of letting go in order to move forward.
I thought the paranormal elements fit perfectly with the story, with the exception maybe of the true nature of Silas and Miss Lupescu. I think ghosts and some magic where perfectly good with the story but some of the others creatures didn’t strike me as realistic as the majority. I loved however, the subtlety in which Mr Gaiman revealed these characters true colours.
Holy Cow! The narration was awesome! I had never listened to a full cast audio before and know I will most definitely be on the search for another of this marvellous piece of work. I loved everything about it. The different characters, the music at the beginning and end of each chapter and some sound effect like when the sleer spoke. It certainly gave me the creeps. My favourites though were the narrator and Silas. I loved their voices! They were perfect! Brilliantly capturing the essence of the story and mood of the characters. The narrator’s voice was whimsical and held my attention all the way, while Silas’ voice was sort of dark and serious, perfect for his character. If you are still not convinced about this, just try out the sample.
Overall, this story is worth your time, although I would definitely recommend the audiobook over the written book. I think maybe it does a better work in holding your interest at the beginning of the story.
We all want to know what other adventures Bod went on after the last line of this book.
And a wonderful full cast audiobook narration.
This story is different – a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard. I loved the beginning, the way the author described a little toddler who liked to wander. To get out of his crib he stepped on the chest of his teddy bear. I was engaged throughout. There is good and evil. There is love of family. There are bullies - get dealt with. It’s like Stephen King with some heart-warming Steven Spielberg.
There are two audiobook versions. I bought the Full-Cast Production version, not the regular version narrated by the author. The Full-Cast was wonderful! The main narration was by Derek Jacobi - fabulous. Several actors and actresses read various characters. At the end the author describes how he wrote this book. I was intrigued with that. He started the book and stopped. Several years later he tried again and stopped. Later, he wrote a scene in the middle of the book and his daughter liked it and asked what happened next. So he continued writing from that point. Then he went back and wrote the beginning.
INSPIRED WRITING VS DOING IT AS A JOB:
It seems to me that when an author writes from inspiration and doesn’t know what’s going to happen - those are the best books (like this and most Stephen King). I believe that when an author starts with an outline and has to work to fill it in, those are not as good. The writing is a job, not an inspiration.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: YA fantasy.
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