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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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    S. 07-20-12
    S. 07-20-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A complete pleasure to listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have always loved Neil Gaiman and to listen to him read his own words is just wonderful.


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

    Its a fantastic book. It blends dark whimsy, historical trivia and humour as only Gaiman can and the result was me sometimes sitting in my car long after I had arrived at my destination to listen to a little bit more of the story.


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    Chris Ngatimoti, New Zealand 06-30-12
    Chris Ngatimoti, New Zealand 06-30-12
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    "Wonderful story"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this audiobook several times. I love the layers of complexity that are revealed through repeated listens. Definitely one of my favourites.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the plays on words amusing.

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    Suzanne Rose 06-08-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fabulous"
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    Neil Gainman seems to be a favourite with us Aussies, and why not, I could listen to his voice forever and his marvellous mind always entertains with totally different stories. To have a tale set in a graveyard with an ophaned baby is basically weird! But in the hands of a master storyteller it keeps one enthralled until the end. Totally recommended.

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    Tracey Hamilton, New Zealand 05-14-12
    Tracey Hamilton, New Zealand 05-14-12
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    "A cute, lighthearted story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a new spin on the supernatural genre and was subtle in its approach.


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    Erica 04-27-12
    Erica 04-27-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome story! Unusual and very quirky!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    It's quirkyness and humour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me enthralled, waiting to find out what will happen next.


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

    How to choose??? All the characters were well done. Maybe the guardian.


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book and will be looking for more by this author. Excellently read too - very entertaining.

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    Amaya 04-24-12
    Amaya 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Earth Brother 04-21-12
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    "Well told - great story"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Gaiman mythology


    What did you like best about this story?

    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...


    What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s voice?

    Gentle Inviting Warm


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    Adele 03-26-12
    Adele 03-26-12
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    "Original, witty, clever, charming - loved it!"

    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.

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    nGm 03-12-12
    nGm 03-12-12
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    "great concept great presentation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    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


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

    not any one to note over all


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Eric 02-08-12
    Eric 02-08-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful for both young and old listeners!"

    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.

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  • Fifi Noir
    8/4/17
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    "Dark, thoughtful, enjoyable life in a graveyard"

    A story as colourful and melancholy as a Van Gough painting. I love Neil Gaiman's way of painting mysterious worlds with his words. this dark and simultaneously uplifting story narrated by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful story to get lost in.

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  • Mike
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    7/31/17
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    "Refreshing"

    Looking for something a bit different, I took a chance on this and so glad I did.

    None of the twists come as a surprise, but it's not that sort of book. I love the way things are turned on their head - characters and places usually depicted as scary and evil are the opposite here.


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  • James L
    7/27/17
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    "Wonderful, even for the second time through :)"

    Beautifully written and performed by Neil Gaiman. Funny, intriguing and a wonderful story all round. Possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard!

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  • CAGE
    7/18/17
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    "An unexpected find."

    Opening with three murders was a little unsettling but I persevered and was soon entwined in both the story and the graveyard.
    It is a delightful tale of growing and learning backed by music with the perfect mix of magic and mystery.
    When it ended I was left satisfied and excited for Bod's new Life.

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  • Anonymous
    7/14/17
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    "Didn't Disappoint !!"

    Recommended by Tim Ferris and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not a reader but I couldn't resist sneaking off for a quick listen right throughout the book. Beautifully narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/8/17
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    "very good"

    really enjoyed this story. entertaining and funny good job Neil and well read as well

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  • Bill Costello
    7/3/17
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    "Niel Gaiman is just brilliant!"

    I've read this book, along with the majority of his work, and this is my favourite, so far. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone whether they have read anything from Mr Gaiman or don't even like this genre.

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  • JEB
    6/19/17
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    "Neil Gaiman at his best"

    A beautiful story, well written and well told. I'll never walk through a graveyard again without Neil Gaimans's words echoing through my head.

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  • Beccy
    6/11/17
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    "Something a bit diffrerent"

    A very different format used to move the book through years in an effective way. Very funny in places and not so dark as to be scary. I enjoyed this book and would recommend to others.

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  • Mark
    5/21/17
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    "Fantastic story"

    I was captivated from the beginning and want to follow master Owens story smiled and cried.

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