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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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Publisher's Summary

Here's a fantastic ghost adventure story, laced with menace and humour.

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

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

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    Deana Aratula, Australia 02-04-12
    Deana Aratula, Australia 02-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More than It Seems"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, well written and fun


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

    Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.


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

    He brings great emotion to the charactors.


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

    Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 01-22-12
    Pavel Czech Republic 01-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Strange, but sometimes funny"

    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.

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    Chris 01-17-12
    Chris 01-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Hearing a story as it was meant to be heard."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    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 other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?


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

    All of them? Is that an answer? <br/>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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Janne 01-16-12
    Janne 01-16-12
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    "Dark humour and unexpected events..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.<br/>The story was also a jewel of storytelling and the characters interesting.<br/>All in all a very good book.


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    Andrea Wakool, Australia 01-11-12
    Andrea Wakool, Australia 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A delightful story, well written and narrated."
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Yes as I allways miss details the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole concept of the tale.


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

    His amazing accent.


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    Amazon Customer La Seyne sur Mer, France 01-05-12
    Amazon Customer La Seyne sur Mer, France 01-05-12

    I listen to audiobooks on my morning run, so stories I like are ones that are entertaining enough to make me want to get out of bed at 6am.

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    "Wonderful Storytelling"

    I picked this up during one of Audible's "at the moment" sales - the ones that show up randomly when you sign in and at first, once I'd purchased it and realized it was a children's book I almost didn't listen to it.

    But I'm so glad I did. So well written with wonderful characters and great descriptive settings. An entirely original idea, and every time I stopped listening, I couldn't wait to get back to the story to hear what happened next. Bod, the main character was entertaining, believable, with a great voice, as was his guardian Silas. There was no overblown sentimentality here, no underdevelopment either, just good storytelling.

    Gaiman himself as the narrator was wonderful to listen to. His pacing, his tone were both wonderful and I found myself getting lost in the story and his voice.

    Even if children's books aren't your preference, I highly recommend this one, it will leave you with warm fuzzies.

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    Luke Toronto, Canada 12-28-11
    Luke Toronto, Canada 12-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Goosebumps this aint."

    The Graveyard Book (Audiobook) tells the story of a small boy who is spirited away by a handful of graveyard-inhabiting ghosts on the night of his family's murder, and his ensuing experiences growing up in these unorthodox circumstances.

    Like many of Gaiman's works (Stardust & American Gods to name a couple) the narrative comprises a wonderful blend of real world relationships and fantastical themes. Many of the interactions between the boy and the other denizens of the novel (living or dead) effectively illustrate connections that any child will make growing up. The boy's posthumous guardians act and feel like true family members for him, rather than the cliched collection of evil ravening ghouls that we might have come to expect from a children's novel set in a Graveyard (although I should mention that the book does have ravening ghouls in it too!).Your typical Goosebumps (TM) novel this isn't, folks.

    The audio is wonderfully performed/voiced by Gaiman, who has proven in this & other recitations that he is not simply a great writer, but a decent reader too. I particularly enjoyed the rough voices of the afore-mentioned ghouls, who sound to me like they just stepped off the docks of an old town somewhere in England.. although probably a very genteel town, the book being fairly suitable for younger listeners, despite the grim opening scenes.

    If I have any nit-picking to do about this book it would be that there is always a certain vagueness about the fantastical elements within Gaiman's stories. This is of course to be expected to some extent, as the fantastical will, and probably should always be at least slightly inexplicable, but I found myself on several occasions hungering for more information on the why or how of things. Why are the ghosts waiting around in the graveyard? How is it that they are so different from the ghouls? Many questions like these are never explicitly answered within the book, but I expect the book would probably be twice as long if it did enter into these details.

    For those of you looking for the short version of this review: The Graveyard Book is a well-told story of some of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that any kid might experience growing up, effectively wrapped in an enthralling package of fantastical adventures that will keep any listener's ears following it through to the finish, almost regardless of the age of said ears. Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer 12-06-11
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    "Worth every penny!"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the book that made me renew my membership with Audible!


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

    It's a slightly dark tale of a baby who grows up with quite a different life than the one most children get. After all - he is growing up in a graveyard with corpses as his parents and a vampire as his guardian. Who are the men Jack? And why are they so eager to kill the boy? This book takes many twists and turns, and although slow moving at the start, is an entertaining tale with a good overall plot. Neil Gaiman's voice is perfect for narration, and I loved that he is the author of the book as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Gary Nong Hin, Thailand 11-18-11
    Gary Nong Hin, Thailand 11-18-11
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    "The book was pretty good"

    However, I could have done without the silly irritating music. If the music had not been louder than the reading, it would not have been so bad.

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    Daniela Monza, Italy 10-29-11
    Daniela Monza, Italy 10-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Some very nice dead people, a few living ones too."

    How can a toddler be adopted by a whole graveyard and have a wonderful childhood? Neil Gaiman can show it to us. Very well read and full of inventiveness, though a bit weak in the finale. I recommend it.

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  • Gavin
    5/17/17
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    "Awesome book"

    Creep, engaging and brilliantly written. Loved it. I recommend it for the young and then not so young :-)

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  • David Sammel
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    5/13/17
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    "A damn good yarn"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    Not sure.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to, and why?

    Its a very different book and not usually something I would be drawn to and only listened via recommendation.


    Any additional comments?

    So different - so worth it!

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  • Holly Hammill
    5/9/17
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    "Perfect bedtime listening!"

    This wonderful story and Neil Gaiman's soothing voice are simply perfect pre-slumber. I'm certain I will listen to this over and over again!

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  • Nigel Humphreys
    5/5/17
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    "Eerie and touching children's story"

    As spooky as you'd expect, very touching and a truly original story. Might be a little scary for small children.

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  • Tania Rice
    5/1/17
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    "Amazing storyline. I absolutely loved it!😀"

    Neil Gaiman has an amazingly gripping way of creating an exhilarating storyline, it pulled me further and further into the book until I could not stop! I would recommend this book to anyone who has a taste for drama, excitement, adventure and a little tiny bit of romance.

    All in all a really excellent read!!

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  • Karen L.
    4/29/17
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    "Sad it came to an end"

    I have been listening to this with my autistic teenager and finished last night,. Loved it. Engaging, brilliant, one of those books that bridge child /adult fiction. Neill chairman's narration is excellent. Also loved the musical interludes at the end and start of each chapter. Only criticism being that the narration is a little drowned out at the beginning of each chapter by the music.

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  • miss k marshall
    4/27/17
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    "another good one from NG"

    Another great book - Story ended quite abruptly I thought. I wasn't expecting it to be near the endnote definitely worth a listen. Neil Gaiman narrated it brilliantly as usual 🤣

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  • MR
    4/22/17
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    "Definitely worth a listen!!"

    It's Neil Gaimen reading his own beautifully crafted world of imagination what more could you want??

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  • Dr P J Gane
    4/22/17
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    "ONE OF THE THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER LISTENED TO."

    Loved it. Many mysterys and tons of excitement . Shows that you can find love and friendship even in the places you would think to find it least. Book for all the family. Five stars. ✨

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  • lars
    4/18/17
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    "I adore this book"

    I have read this book twice before buying the audio book, and so pleased I did. I have since listened to the audio 3 times and love it more and more with every listen. Neil Gaiman has such a wonderful way of writing and enables you to be completely engrossed in the world of Bod. I am not going to write a vast blurb going through the book and channel my inner critique, I am going to say I recommend this whole heartedly and you can go through the storyline yourself.
    After raving about this to my mum (and this is now one of her absolute favourites to my surprise! She is an avid gore reader) and my sister, they have now also read and re read this several times. If you haven't read a Neil Gaiman book before, this would be a great starter book...then you'll be hooked.

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