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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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    Carolyn 10-16-11
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    "Great for adults - an excellent listen!"

    This is a fun and slightly spooky (but not in a nasty way) book that I really really enjoyed. In fact, my entire house was cleaned while I listened to this (great motivation). I wouldn't give this one to kids under about 10 years old, but it really is a charming book for those who know it is fully fiction. Because it is a young adult book it has one main story, which makes it easy listening. I really recommend this book and will be purchasing others by the same author now.
    The narration was so very good that I didn't even notice it and was engrossed in the story. Well done Neil on both the writing and reading!!!!

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    HEELS 09-08-11
    HEELS 09-08-11
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    "Graphic Storytelling"

    This is a very enjoyable plot despite being set in such a dark location. All facits of our nature are explored as the young 'Bod' grows and explores not only his suroundings but his own character. Trying to find his rightful place in such an unusual environment with strange (deceased) characters as his guides, 'Bod' is fleshed out by the colourful and graphic writing style used by this author. The audio is good and Neil Gaiman brings you into the story with his easy reading style.

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    Shannyn Campbell 09-05-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Neil Gaiman - Writer and Storyteller"

    Those of who frequent Audible, know full well the importance of a good reader. A clunky performance can ruin a terrific book, while a great one can bring a whole cast of characters to life. I know that I myself have selected books solely based on who the narrator was (Simon Vance, look him up). So it’s obvious why writers aren’t often selected to read their own work. Because they write! They’re not performers, and most aren’t expected to be. If you put so much effort into writing an enthralling story, you don’t want to have the whole thing ruined simply because you didn’t take elocution lessons as a child.

    Thus my raised eyebrow at the fact Mr. Gaiman chose to tell his own tale. Was it a marketing gimmick? Was it a writers’ ego getting in the way of his good sense?

    The truth is simply this. Neil Gaiman is a storyteller.

    It is such a treat to hear a writer read the story in the way that it obviously plays out in his own dark and brilliant mind. To hear the voices of the characters they way he wants you to hear them. Gaiman’s pacing is great and his tone is deep, eerie and strangely comforting. If fact it suits the story perfectly.

    I have never read the Jungle Book, so I don’t know how much of Bod’s journey mimics Mowgli’s or how much Gaiman channels Kipling. But I can tell you it is an amazing story in its own right, the sort of mysterious and scary story that I wanted to have when I was a child.

    This is a rare opportunity audiobook fans; to hear a tale from the creators own lips and actually enjoy it.

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    Morten Copenhagen NV, Denmark 07-24-11
    Morten Copenhagen NV, Denmark 07-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling story great narration"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on vacation with my girlfriend. The story is great and it really comes to life with narration of Neil Gaiman, I recommend this to anyone.

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    pagarama 07-20-11
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    "AWESOME!"

    If you're only going to read or buy a book from audible, let this be it! What a great story! What compelling narration! Thank you Neil Gaiman! This is not just a book for kids. I bought this book because it sounded so interesting! And so it was! More than interesting, it was engaging and addictive listening. The characters came to life for me listening to this book! So buy it for you, THEN buy it for your kids! :-)

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    Cherie 04-25-11
    Cherie 04-25-11
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    "Great Tale"

    I enjoyed this a lot. It wasn't until I was half way through that I realised it is a story for youths, but it is still a rollicking tale and well read.

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    Anne-Grethe Bording, Denmark 03-01-11
    Anne-Grethe Bording, Denmark 03-01-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Quaint, sweet and naive"

    I was very taken with the story of this wonderful book, which can be read and heard by anyone - teenager or grown-up alike. The entire book is very sweet and almost naive, but at the same time, there are both scary characters and children as heroes. The main character, Nobody Owens, is very innocent but at the same time strong and open to all the things. I highly recommend this book - I heard it in one fell swoop and could not bear to press pause. The author is very talented, painting pictures with every word!

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    Idit Mevaseret Zion, Israel 02-20-11
    Idit Mevaseret Zion, Israel 02-20-11
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    "A 5 star book for youth."

    The characters don’t change during the book but the solution mystery is nice.
    Very well read, maybe it contributed to the reason I finished it.

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    Rupert Morrish Bloomington, MN USA 11-14-10
    Rupert Morrish Bloomington, MN USA 11-14-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Simply fantastic"

    A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.

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    Monika 10-04-10
    Monika 10-04-10
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    "Highly entertaining quirky story"

    A fantastic story with lovely detailed characters, full of surprises. That Neil Gaiman himself narrates the story is definitely a bonus. Loved it and could not stop listening till the end

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    4/1/17
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    "perfect "

    so easy to listen to... i could see everything in my head. i loved every chapter. this could very easily become a movie. lovable characters and immersive fantasy. great book

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  • toomes
    3/30/17
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    "Thoroughly good book"

    This I enjoyed from start to finish difficult to switch off. I heartily recommend it !!

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  • Anonymous
    3/24/17
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    "Wonderful!"

    Exciting, humorous, touching, and with gently-offered wisdom I can apply to my own life. I love this book.

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  • J.Taylor
    3/17/17
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    "Neil Gaiman always delivers"

    Lovely to have the author himself do the honors of reading the book. Great story and a great performance.

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  • Alison
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    3/16/17
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    "Love It"

    Truly marvellous. Unique, quirky and unexpectedly tender this is a brilliant book. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • AMAZONUSER0776
    3/12/17
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    "Initially not too sure but an amazing book"

    Read this as an adult completing my BA Hons in Education. Loved it and would recommend it and have done already to my children aged 11 and 12.

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  • Nina
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    12/10/16
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    "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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  • Adeleke Adewole
    12/1/16
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    "Luv'd it!"

    Gaiman's reading brought his many characters to life in such a vivid and exquisite way.

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  • crazybob
    11/27/16
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    "Stylish and Enjoyable"

    I already had this as an ebook but couldn't resist when Audible had it in offer. The story is enjoyable and the performance from the author is very good.

    Definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys simple but out of the ordinary fiction.

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  • Chris
    Welwyn, United Kingdom
    11/7/16
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    "Entrancing kidult story"

    Really enjoyable narration by the author and a light but captivating story kept me listening

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