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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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Publisher's Summary

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Music arrangement of "Danse Macabre" copyright 2008 by Béla Fleck and Ben Sollee, Fleck Music (BMI), admin. by Bug Music.

©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2009
  • Newbery Medal winner, 2009

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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-26-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-26-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Short, Simple, Sweet: a wonderful book"

    I could not call this a great book but easily I rate it a wonderful one. Some of the reviewers commented on the violence. I abhor violence and one of the reasons I liked the book so much had to do with its minimal violence. The description of a violent act in the very beginning leaves more to the reader's imagination than to the words of the narrator. The hero, Bod is totally nonviolent. He never threatens and hardly even defends. He allows the villains to do themselves in. Scary goules and ghosts? I think not. They are pretty much all loving and caring souls.

    Throughout the book I considered whether this was a book for children. As an adult, I certainly enjoyed it and believe many children would also. Hansel and Gretel now that's violent and horrific. Little Red Riding Hood? That's perverted and violent. None of that here... just a delightful story in which good completely triumphs over evil... or better yet, evil does-in evil. And to top it all off, the narration was excellent.

    Star-wise I find the book difficult to rate. For what it is I would rate the book 5 stars. Compared to all books in general maybe only 4. In Netflix, 4 stars means "I really liked it." That settles it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-27-09
    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-27-09 Member Since 2017
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    "First Gaiman book, and very happy"

    This was the first book I've listened to from this author, and I was very happy to find this gem.

    It started out a little rocky for me, as it was like mish mash of biblical style descriptions, dribbled in with some meaningless quip. I thought I picked a doozy. Luckily, this didn't last too long and the story took off.

    Character development was rich, and full of lots of different characters. Story line was about as wonderful and unique as you can possibly have it without seeming manic.

    Every time the characters got into a situation, I never, ever figured out what was going to happen. This fact made Gaiman a great author. He was able to make such a wonderful story, without trying to shoe horn originality for originalitys' sake.

    I was also shocked to see that Gaiman himself narrated. It was done so well, and the voices he used for each character obviously matched perfectly with them, that it made the story that much more enjoyable. I have since listened to other Gaiman stories, but this is still my favorite.

    If you are an avid listener or reader of books, and feel at times it's hard to find a truly original story, this is the book for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 08-12-09
    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Sold!"

    I am not a big Neil Gaiman fan, but after listening to "The Graveyard Book," I became one! Its stark simplicity makes this a rare story. The balance between creepy and warmth is something I have never encountered in modern stories. I hope they don't botch this up in Hollywood!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 05-03-09
    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 05-03-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful Book"

    I am a retired man. I thought this book was charming, had great imagery, mystery, and the performance was excellent. The Graveyard Book is definitely not just for children.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cora Judd 10-14-08
    Cora Judd 10-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "If there are any gods in heaven..."

    ...then there will be a sequel.

    The Graveyard Book is an expansion of Gaiman's own short story, The Witch's Headstone, and a super fun read. The story has Gaiman's trademark other world elements but the comparison ends there.

    Bod (Nobody Owens) is an orphaned boy raised by the permanent inhabitants of an old English graveyard. His quiet, anonymous little life is actually something very different. Discovering who he is is the spark for his outrageous adventures.

    I gathered (from the reviews) that this was intended for more literate teens. That won't preclude a more mature lover of a good yarn from getting carried away with Bod's darkish adventures. There's no Freddy Kruger nonsense or Stephen King hauntings here -- it's delightfully different.

    Also, Gaiman reads this himself and you don't have to pay extra for that!!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA 10-11-08
    Greg Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA 10-11-08 Member Since 2005
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    "A Matched Set"

    How wonderful it is to hear an author's words read they way he heard them in his own head. Gaiman's narration is right up there with the best readers in audio books, no doubt about it. I loved the book, but have to caution parents that, although it is presented as "Children's Book" it is not for young children, and it is certainly a fantastic book for adults. I wish more authors had the ability at characterization, inflection and pacing that Gaiman has, but alas, his is a rare quality. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately bought "Neverwhere", which is every bit as good. I can't wait for more from this author/performer.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-16-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The other Boy Who Lived"

    What a wonderful story. Something for everyone – adventure, mystery, humor, creepiness. Enjoyable for adults in the way of the best literature for young people such as Peter Pan, Harry Potter and (not surprisingly) The Jungle Book. Good coming-of-age stories remind us grown-ups of who we once were and of the dreams and hopes we once had for ourselves and our belief that we could accomplish anything - before the "real world" teaches us not to believe in magic anymore. Gaiman is a Pied Piper of storytelling for all ages, and as always gives voice to his creations as no one else could. The added musical interludes enhanced the atmosphere. I long to know what Bod’s life became, but suspect that a sequel would not really be in order. Better to let us imagine.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 09-30-11
    Marie 09-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I wanted it to continue"

    I loved this book. The narration was superb. I didn't want it to end. I hope we hear more from Bod in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10
    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A WINNER"

    I enjoy Neil Gaiman both as a writer and a narrator. In fact, I was amazed at his narration skills. I usually don't like the author as the reader, but in this book I don't think anyone could have done as well as Gaiman. This is my favorite of all the Gaiman books I have ready so far. You cannot find a better character as "Bod". Gaiman's imagiination is wonderful. You will really be mystified by the ghouls' names and tickled (in a ghoulish way) how they got them. .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. E. Taylor 06-20-10
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    "A Children's Story for Adults"

    Don't get me wrong, I love this story, but it's a bit too intense for young children; it starts with the stabbing murder of a young family... Having said that, I've found it to be a wonderfully entertaining story for me and have listened to it three times already. I highly recomend it, just not for anyone under 12 or 13.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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