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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

Critic Reviews

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

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i love this book to death !!

Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

number 1 !!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silac, read the book and you'll know ;)

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

absolutely!

Any additional comments?

it will be forever be my number 1 book !! i'll never get tired of reading it over and over.

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Beautiful book, beautifully written and beautifully read.

A beautiful and absolutely captivating book, made all the more enjoyable by the performance by Neil Gaiman. There is something truly wonderful about hearing the words from the author himself, it brings another level to the story as you are able to hear it just as it was intended to be when it was written.
I will miss Bod and the inhabitants of the Graveyard enormously, and have no doubt I'll be relistening to or rereading this book at some point.

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Just lovely:)

A lovely heart warming tale of adventure in the most peculiar of manners. Listen to their own next the fire with some tea.

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Awesome story masterfully presented

Neil Gaiman at his best I loved listening to this tale. And again in the second listening with my daughter (7) when on the road in the car. Neil has great characterizations for his characters and being the author shows in the intimate way the tale unfolds.

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Beautiful story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely recommended! The story is beautiful, this is truly one of the best books by Neil Gaiman. And he is an amazing narrator..

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

Absolutely the best!

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Fun for the whole family

If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

Moving, Haunting, funny

What did you like best about this story?

Narrated magnificently by the author who you feel truly lives in his characters. Its a book with all the elements - mystery, humour, fun. Its about growing up and friends and loyalty.

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but now am searching for everything he has written and narrated

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wanted dead or alive....or is that alive or dead?

Any additional comments?

please please do yourself a favour and listen to this book. we listened with our 10 and 12 year old and we all LOVED it.

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  • lynn
  • ADELAIDE, Australia
  • 09-01-13

Fabulous story and narration

I simply did not want this audiobook to end as it was pure inventive pleasure. The story is in turn funny, compassionate, scary and moral tale. There are so many threads in this story that I am sure another author might turn it to a six volume airport series, however Neil Gaiman is an excellent wordsmith and paints pictures that do not require HBO specials. Of course the added plus is that the author reads his own work and thereby adds colour to such a well written tale. Do yourself a favour and listen

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  • Dallas
  • Holsworthy, Australia
  • 06-07-13

What a great story

I loved this book. Captivating characters and so well written. It kept me wanting to sit in the car to find out what happens next. I will be looking for more of Neil Gaimans books

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  • Siri
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • 01-26-13

Love the voice of Neil Gaiman.

It is a wonderful book and if you have never had sad or wonderes story when you where a chilled this book is a must now. Do you have children now and wonder if this is a book for them, then yes, let them hear it and answer there questions.

The books you read at the right age, stays whit you. You love them when you grow and they grow whit you.

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  • Shom
  • Hyderabad, India
  • 01-02-13

Perennially-recommended for younger readers

Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

Cannot comment. This is the first and only book by Neil Gaiman that I have read via audio, and absolutely loved it. Just like I loved the previous Gaiman reads - which I read on print.

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

The book it is inspired by, Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling. Kind of a coming-of-age novel, with dollops of fantasy.

Also, the fantasy / magic novels which follow the template somewhat: the Harry Potter series etc.

Also other coming-of-age stories:
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Pather Panchali, a Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (from which a very famous movie was made later by Satyajit Ray)

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

Nothing that i disliked.

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

Miss Lupescu's rescue of Bod from the ghouls.
Bod's leaving the graveyard, right at the end.

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  • Luke H.
  • 12-29-16

Excellent for car rides with my 6year old

My Daughter and I enjoyed it very much
perfect for the car journeys we take together

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  • G. C. Hopkins
  • 12-23-16

Great idea

I loved this book all the way through, just an excellent and entertaining idea throughout !

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  • SussexSue
  • 12-22-16

Brilliant

Authors don't always make the best readers of their own work, but Neil Gaimen is fantastic. This is a great story and a really enjoyable dramatisation.

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  • ginger
  • 12-21-16

I am really enjoying it!☺

I really like the book.☺-and the narrator.I think some bits were more intresting than others.

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  • Nina
  • 12-10-16

Gaiman at his best. A masterpiece.

Having read most of the top drawer Neil Gaiman's books I thought there would be no more surprises in his collection, that was until I reached "The Graveyard Book". I picked it up as a short read inbetween different volumes of another series. My goodness, I couldn't have been more wrong...

This is an amazing book written with an unbelievable attention to detail that makes you you feel as if you are part of the story, and experience the same emotions, adventures and life as the main character.

Each chapter of the book is its own story, yet they all slot together like so many pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle creating something so much more than the sum of its parts. It is breathtaking.

Neil Gaiman's narration is very good though I wouldn't say amazing, that said, listening to the book read by the author is rewarding on it's own and this performance deserves one extra star for that. The music between the chapters allows you to take the pause and think about the story which is a lovely addition as otherwise I feel that you could read this book 'in a single breath'.

This wonderful work shows how talented Neil Gaiman is and puts him up there among the best writers of our time. I would recommend it to anyone and I look forward to his future work.

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  • M de Bethlen
  • 10-04-16

Not up to the hype

I've heard a lot of excellent things about this book over the years but really it did not impress me as an audiobook. I found the mandolin interludes annoying, and the Author's performance boring. To my mind he hardly differentiated the voices at all and did not do his book any favours. The story was quite good, entertaining for children (which it is intended for), but I found myself quite astonished that podcaster Tim Ferris praises it to the skies and recommends it for his adult audience. I didn't find anything "meaty" enough to capture that much attention from an adult.

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  • Christina
  • 08-14-16

Easy listen

I thought this was a good book and I enjoyed it, it was very easy listening too, I just wish they didn't have music at the beginning of each chapter as I found it was too loud to hear the story. Other than that a great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-16

Great story. Awful music

Enjoyed the story. loved the narration. hated the music. why is it there? so irritating!

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  • Mrs. Deborah A. Dalby
  • 12-17-15

What a treat!

Such a lovely story for dark winter nights - great for adults and children alike.

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  • Paul Tierney
  • 07-20-15

Excellent storyline

Great storyline easy pace really enjoyed it sets nicely another hopefully !!! New adventures to come many possibilities

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-17

Completely new and exciting outlook on graveyards

What an excellent book performed with excellent talent. Completely captured by the story and the voice of Gaiman. His way of writing is something to seriously applaud, definitely recommend for anyone

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  • Amanda
  • 08-15-17

Wonderful tale

I had previously read this book and loved it. I downloaded it for my daughter and I to listen to together on our car journeys. My daughter who is an avid reader and audiobook fan , says this is her favourite audiobook so far.
The narration is awesome,and Gaiman perfectly depicts every scene and character perfectly.

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  • 07-29-17

Not sure what the exceptional reviews are for...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It would be a great book for a early teen, was waiting for profundity to match the reviews but it never came. Tim Ferriss highly recommended but not sure why...

What aspect of Neil Gaiman’s performance might you have changed?

Beautifully read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-17

A lovely story

Loved the book, loved the story, loved the reading. What more can I say I loved the whole concept.

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  • Ashley Jessen
  • 07-13-17

brilliant. what a story

Excellent narration, compelling story and a great mystery. Plenty of life lessons learnt along the journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-17

good book

Terrific narrator gripping story hard to stop listening to the story ine was great as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-17

I had no idea what I was in for

But I loved every minute of it, I took the he recommendation to listen to this book narrated by Neil, and it was so brilliant.

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  • Rosalie
  • 06-21-17

Beautiful

I could not stop listening & loved every minute.
Well worth listening to this lovely book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-17

Kids loved it

Loved it. Kids and I absolutely loved it. Fantastic ideas and stunning delivery. Engaging and thought provoking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-17

Thoroughly enjoyed!

The reading was wonderful. Each character a delight - with matter of factness of youth mingled with wisdom of those with many years. The story line was unique and intriguing.