When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?
Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.
A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)
This is the kind of book you don't want to finish. Endearing yet sharp characters, great moments, and the delicious feeling of getting mixed up in a whole new setting, as the dead become allies and friends. Wonderful book. Very well read, too.
Fun Gaiman mythology
I have heard the author read some of this live and this reading was wonderful. Gaiman's characters have insight and a humanity that is easy to identify with - regardless of the strange situations in which they find themselves...
Gentle Inviting Warm
I thought my son might like this. I had a sneaky listen to check it out and couldn't stop listening! While there are some traditional themes (no spoilers, but think graveyard), they are handled in a light, original and very sympathetic way. Very well produced. Well written, witty, perfectly narrated, great music and a raft of rich characters that are easy to relate to - this quirky story has something for everyone.
not read the print version but, a professional reader gets the essence of the sentence in his or her tone before the sentence is over , it also lets me get away in my mind as in when i was young my mommy read me stores and it was enjoyebel
not any one to note over all
the writer has put down an in-depth view of a boy growing up and his experience of that growing up mixed with likable monsters. just enjoyable
Neil Gaiman has just become the benchmark by which all my other narrators will be judged by. The narration in this book is brilliant, the tempo, the rhythm, the timbre, everything about his reading ebbed and flowed with the book. I've never heard a book read with such mastery.
The storyline was excellent, even though it was probably pitched more towards the younger readers, I fully enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to my kids listening to it as well. So many books I've enjoyed have been rather age-specific, but this one has appeal over a large range of ages. My 7 year-old will enjoy this book just as much as I did.
entertaining, well written and fun
Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
He brings great emotion to the charactors.
Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.
Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.
A mix of fantasy, black humor, you need to get use to it, but it gets somehow funny. Overall story is week however, I wish it was more advanced.
I've not read the print version, but now I wish I had the capacity to hear more of Gaiman's books read by him. There was so much to this that was just.. brilliant.
What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?
All of them? Is that an answer?
I mean that seriously, because he brought all of them to life. Even to one of their voices changing accent slightly when the story called for it. But slightly, easy to miss, and yet it was countless little touches like this that made it so bloody brilliant. Every voice just /was/ that character. Beyond simply being associated, the tone, the pacing, the essence of it matched the essence of the character.
Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.
Please listen to this book. It is masterfully written, and told even better. It got me into audiobooks in a big way because I knew what was possible in the form.
I enjoy the style of Mr Gaiman. He's humour hit's the spot for me. It's a wee bit on the dark side and that's the way I like it.
The story was also a jewel of storytelling and the characters interesting.
All in all a very good book.
Yes as I allways miss details the first time.
The whole concept of the tale.
His amazing accent.
"for all ages"
This story works for adults and children with excellent narration from the author. Only hope there is a sequel as I would like to find out what happens to Bod in the future.
"Really original and gentle book"
I've never read any Neil Gaiman before and I think I struck lucky. I loved this book, innocent and wise at the same time.
"A brilliantly read and crafted tale."
Neil Gaiman effortlessly translates his brilliant imagination into this wonderful tale of an ophaned boy who grows up in a graveyard and experiences all sorts of amazing adventures. Not only does he write it, but he reads it too! Listen and experience the screech of the Nightgaunt and the comic expostulations of a Cockney ghoul! You'll be entertained and educated too cos' he's obviously done his research well and you'll benefit from that!
"One of the best yet"
Loved it, listened to this after a friends recommendation, love Neil gaiman's books, and this is up there with the best of them very good listen
"A wonderful book"
I am new (but catching up) to Neil Gaiman's prolific work. The story, characterisation and fabulous ideas spill from this book. Add to that Neil's unique and mesmerizing narration and insight at the end, makes this an Audio book worth listening to. While written for young adults, it is written with enough whit and humour to entertain someone of any age. I could not recommend this book more if I wanted to - marvellous!
Great book. Decent reading although I think I'd prefer it if it was an actor reading rather than the author. Still brilliant though.
I loved this book. It was great to hear something that, although fantastic, could at a stretch be real.
I found myself looking forward to shutting myself in my room and hearing more. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic narrator, which increased my enjoyment.
If there is one tiny thing that spoilt it for me, (but not for long) it is that I realised what was going to happen at one point in the book a bit sooner than I would have liked. I lost the 'surprise'.
Although I never re read/hear any books (once read/heard is enough) I have to say that I would be happy to listen to this again (at any point in the story) if somebody else had it on.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
"Such a lovely story..."
...and Neil Gaiman has an absolutely lovely voice too. It is strangely reminiscent of Benedict Cumberbatch which is just about the highest compliment I can give, being a huge fan of the man.
I loved all of Neil Gaiman's books, but this one is a real treat. I can only recommend it to anyone!
"Not Just For Kids"
Neil Gaimen never fails to entertain, shock and suprise you. In this book we meet Bod - he sees dead people!.
You will fall in love with Bod and his dead friends - chearing them on all the way to the end.
I have listnened to this several times now - a shear delight each time.
"Charming and quirky."
This is probably the cutest book that Neil Gaiman has ever written. It is like a really cute and kid-safe Tim Burton movie, complete with morbid little characters that are just misunderstood and actually really lovely in their undead state.
Neil does a stellar job narrating his own book.
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