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Publisher's Summary

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different...

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids

My family listened to this book on the way back from vacation. The group consisted of my mother (62), myself (42) and my two sons (9 and 11). This story, as is typical of Neil Gaiman, was atmospheric, lyrical and always imaginative. My mother, who can be a talker, didn't interrupt the story even once. But, the story, which is about a girl's parents who are kidnapped by a fairy tale type character and replaced with strange reproductions, is pretty dark, and scary enough that my 9 year old asked if we could turn it off for a while at one point. Of course, the next time we got into the car, he wanted to hear the rest, so although frightening, it is still an involving story. So, if you have a particularly sensitive child, I would be careful with this book, but otherwise, I highly recommend it.

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THE. BEST. SCARY TALE FOR ALL AGES!

Coraline TERRIFIED me when I was little and borrowing it from the library (because the cover was so cool!) and I had nightmares for weeks but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! As an adult, it still sends chills up my spine, especially with Neil Gaiman's unmatched performance of his wholly unique horror thriller children's book the likes of which I haven't come across before or since! ELEVEN STARS!!

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Creepy Fun

I love a story that doesn't take a month to get to the point. And a thriller that gets to it is even better.

If I'm going to be creeped out, I need to really care about the character, so generally a book needs to spend some time introducing you and explaining why you like the protagonist. It's easier to do that if the protagonist is a child. Young enough that you can immediately like them and want them to win, but old enough that they aren't completely helpless (making their victory unbelievable). Gaiman has done this, and done it well.

Coraline is a nice girl. Too bad about creepy reflections of her parents that want to adopt her now that her real parents have gone missing.

The audio is fantastic. The singing rats were creepy. I loved the song that opened the reading. Kind of wished there was more to it.

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Very Entertaining

I purchased this book for a weekend car trip with my teenagers and was worried that this book would be too childish for them. There was no need to worry. This book is quirky enough to draw kids and adults.

After Harry Potter, it is hard to find characters and worlds and books that are fun. This book gives me hope that there are many fine gems out there waiting to be found.

We did not find this book as scarey as some of the reviewers warned about. The book was strange without being too scarey.

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A DEAD SPIDER THE SIZE OF A SMALL CAT

I'M YOUR OTHER MOTHER
I agree with audible addict, I question the age for this story and performance. This will cause nightmares in younger children. Once you get past that, this is a great scary, adventure story. A dark Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. Listen by yourself before sharing with younger ones, but don't ignore it, it is very entertaining.

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i liked the movie better....

Any additional comments?

this is very rare of me to acknowledge that the movie version is better than the book, the earlier chapters seemed a bit boring honestly and Coraline seemed like an emotionless girl to me even when she met the other mother for the first time, it is not until she went beck to free her parents that it felt like Niel Gaiman book. to be honest Henry Selick did a great job altering the story a bit for his movie, his version seemed creepier and scarier than the book. But it is always great to hear Niel narrate a book.

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So good I read it first!

I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter, and decided to read it first so that I could make sure it wasn't too scary, and so that we could talk about it. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't put it down. Wonderfully spooky and evocative -- and delightfully scary (but not too scary). Now I have the audiobook for my daughter, and other kids in the family. By the way, she really liked it too!

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So Creepy!

Thank goodness for the British and their love of scaring the pants off of little kids. This book is CREEPY. It's very odd, as well. People compare it to "Alice in Wonderland" with good reason. The imagery is just as vivid, and the language just as good. However, I found Coraline to be much more disturbing. The things that happen about two hours in are disturbing enough to me as a 26 year old woman that I would strongly hesitate to give it to any child under 10, and that only for children who have never been afraid of the dark, or of rats...

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My favourite book

Such an interesting story. I enjoy a lot of things about it. I love that it takes place in an old victorian house. I love all the quirky characters. The other world and mother is very creepy. The themes are thought provoking. Great storyline!

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Lovely Descriptive Words

I listened to this book because I love the lovely descriptive words in it, not so much the story.

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  • Dead Bad Wolf
  • 03-24-20

So good!

I love this book so much and the audiobook did not disappoint at all!
I’ve listened to it too many times to be normal, but as someone that has a lot of problems relaxing, this one hits the spot for me.
Neil Gaiman’s voice is a gift and his reading just makes this book one of my favourite things in my life.
I recommend it to everyone to be honest, just listen to it and relax with a cup of tea. You will not regret it.

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  • Teresa J.
  • 09-25-19

great narrator and great story

the book was great a lot better then the film
narrator was on point to

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  • atueyi chinenye
  • 03-18-19

I wished I listened before I watched.

I watched the movie before listening. Whyborn is missing from the book. I love his character in the animation. Not a bad book at all would recommend you listen.
Never watch before you listen.

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  • Flora
  • 11-11-18

An Engaging Tale For Both Young And Old!

I'm already a fan of Neil Gaiman and have read some of his other works of adult fiction. I downloaded this Kindle version because I adore the film version and felt it was high time I read the book.

As with all adaptations, the stop motion film varies slightly from the story in this book, however, I still found myself thoroughly engaged in Coraline Jones adventure through the door to the Other Place and even found my breath held in tension at times.

I downloaded the audio version narrated by Neil Gaiman himself and found that it also differed from the book; I think it was "Americanised" as there were little word changes (flashlight said instead of the torch that was printed, distance was narrated in imperial instead of the metric that was printed, etc) and slight sentence restructures. Having said that, I loved the way Mr Gaiman read his story, the pace of his speech and his tonal inflections; his performance helped to immerse me in the adventure.

Coraline is one of my favourite films, I watch it every Halloween and I am overjoyed to say that it's also one of my favourite books now too

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  • Mr Man
  • 11-11-18

Great story, stilted reading.

A very enjoyable book but the reader sounds a bit robotic. Also the use of american vocabulary in a british story is jarring. A girl being described as wearing underpants is just weird. Reading the book is better than listening to the audio. Nevertheless a fair listen.

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  • D. G. Allen
  • 06-01-21

A Great Story

Neil Gaiman is such a great story teller and Coraline is another fantastic story from the master.

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  • Wimblebob Smigglingpants
  • 05-25-21

The best book EVER

I love the story and the amount of detail in it 5/5 100% (buy it if you can)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-21

A great book.

Coraline is a great book for and the author's narration only helps to improve it.

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  • lauren
  • 04-29-21

my favourite book by my favourite author

absolutely beautiful read, neil did an amazing job reading this one, the songs were very sweet too! ❤

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  • Ah
  • 04-19-21

Beautiful and Scary!

This book is amazing! So far I have listened to it around 3 times and it was amazing! I love it when the author reads the books.
The characters are amazing and the plot line! The feeling of horror and at the same time what I can only describe as innocence.

If you are thinking on getting this audio book, get it!

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  • Sandra
  • 10-05-21

And outstanding book!

Wow!! Just- wow!! Absolutely stunning book and performance by Neil Gaiman!! I’m 11 years old and I just finished this great book! I started watching the movie Coraline when I was 6 years old and it never ceases to amaze me!! And now that I have finally finished this excellent book, I fully consider myself a true Coraline lover!!! I am actually going to be going as Coraline for Halloween this year and I just can’t wait!!! I don’t know how Neil did his!! It’s absolutely amazing, stunning, beautiful, action packed and so much more I can’t fit in!! Thank you Neil Gaiman for creating and putting Coraline into My life and I will never be the same again!! It’s sooooo great!

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  • Kathryn
  • 08-26-21

Its just amazing

The song at the start was hilarious in my mind i was telling myself to not laugh but I couldn’t help it.
It was also really detailed but very different from the movie but overall it was hilariously amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-20

Beautiful narration from author

The authors reading was expressive and suited the characters and was an absolute delight to listen to. There were even musical moments with effects to set the tone for the story and brought me into the story as it I was there. I'm sure I'm like many people that have seen the popular movie Coraline and if you like the movie I highly recommend this book as it's a more in depth yet darker look into the story of Coraline and even with knowing the plot I was still a nervous wreck for Coraline throughout the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

Coraline narrated by the Author

Loved hearing this performed by Neil Gaiman himself. It was wonderful knowing that it would be spoken the way he intended when he wrote the words.

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  • Jessica Hunt
  • 11-14-20

Great story

I really enjoyed the unique story and the narration was well done. The only dislike I had was for the song that occasionally played, but it was easy enough to skip

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-20

Great story

I found it beautiful. A kids story but great for adults too. Great performance by Neil too.

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  • Hayley
  • 04-11-20

Coralline

coraline is written by Neil Gaiman and now that he read it you can hear it how he wrote it to be so the point of views are now restored to how he felt was correct it is extra scary in the voice he does for the characters plus if your scared easily be careful when the mice sing it did creep me out alot
from a satisfied customer

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  • James q
  • 01-26-20

Honestly? Incredible.

I had high expectations going into this book and it surpassed every one. A fantastic story and performance by Neil Gaiman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

This is how to spend a perfect afternoon

Gaiman has done it again. Captivative and without a word wasted. a beautifully constructed story.