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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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    lbh Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-26-13
    lbh Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "outstanding!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read this book in the past and enjoyed it very much, which is why I ordered it from audible. The recorded version really brings this story to life. the performance was truly outstanding. Perhaps it was because the author was the narrator. Regardless of why, this performance was worth hearing the story again for the first time.


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    Kindle Customer 08-15-13
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    "Nobody is the best!"
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    You know, I think I would listen to this again. It was that good! I don't often read a book again, but this one would be one to add to a list of 'repeats.'


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

    Gaiman's voice and modulation are the perfect pitch (pardon the pun!) for this book. He cleverly goes from one character to the next. I think a great deal of the tone of the book would be lost if one simply read the book instead of listened to Gaiman read his own novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is a coming of age story and, naturally, we all have bittersweet feelings with these themes. I was quite charmed by Nobody and wanted to walk along with him in his quest.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a bit confused by what category Gaiman's books should belong; are they children's, youth, or general reader? Well, it doesn't really matter, as I absolutely love his writing and will 'listen' to anything he writes. He has my ear and I look forward to the next 'read' from Gaiman!

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    Melissa Burlington, KY, United States 08-09-13
    Melissa Burlington, KY, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    Neil Gaiman's narration is absolutely perfect.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He reads it the way he intends it to be read. I love when authors read their own books.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. It starts out a little rough, but quickly catches your interest and immerses you in the writer's fantasy graveyard. Don't let the title fool you. This is a GREAT book. The imagery is just wonderful. Just buy it, and you'll be hooked on Neil Gaiman, if you aren't already!

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    Big John Montana 08-04-13
    Big John Montana 08-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A refreshingly different book."

    In typical Gaiman style this book is not set in a "normal" world, but it's not so "out there" that it's distracting or off putting.
    That it's read by the author himself is kinda cool, and he does a fine job reading his own book, the emphasis is placed where it should be and his voice is pleasant and appropriate.

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    Valerie WAKEFIELD, RI, United States 08-01-13
    Valerie WAKEFIELD, RI, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Add This to Your Summer Listening List!"

    Fantastic coming of age story, woven by a author comfortable in his craft. Buying another by him now.

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    Briana BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-31-13
    Briana BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-31-13
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    "Partially"
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    I am only partially through the book, but so far, this book has taken me by surprise and taken my imagination on a wild ride of excitement! I am absolutely in love with the story of Nobody Owens and I would definitely recommend it to any one of my friends!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were parts of this books that made me burst out laughing and I enjoyed that


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

    His narration is superb and gives the right and original image that he wanted to portray and I think that's the best way it can be done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither extreme nor bleak, but a reaction of thrill.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't say this should be read by anyone under 14, too much violence.

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    paul 07-31-13
    paul 07-31-13
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    "Not perfect, but pretty darn close!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    The characters were pretty real and believable.


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

    The Graveyard Book is like a less complete Harry Potter, you hear alot of Bod's life but I couldn't help but want to hear more of it


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

    Haha I can't really call one out they were all great.


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    A. Whaley 07-12-13
    A. Whaley 07-12-13 Member Since 2014

    Wife, mom, photographer, theologian, teacher, reader: I love my many hats.

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    "Gaiman Fan"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    I was intrigued from the first scene.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silas. His mysterious yet approachable nature made him appealing.


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

    As the author, it's wonderful to hear the intended tones and inflection.


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

    Same as the book..."it takes a graveyard to raise a child."


    Any additional comments?

    The musical interludes, though short and infrequent, are mastered poorly. They are too loud and continue over the first several words of each section making it difficult to understand the narrator.

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    Archaites CORONA, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-09-13
    Archaites CORONA, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-09-13
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    "Im a 25 year old man and i cried like a 5 year old"
    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Amazing book and Neil Gaiman performs it well.
    Recommending this book to everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of characters makes you miss them when it's finished.


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

    He did a great job with every character but I'd say his best is Mrs.lupesco was my favorite performance.


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

    The story of a boy on his way to becoming a man and so much more!


    Any additional comments?

    As the final chapter was concluding I could not keep from crying my eyes out...I'm not sure if it was because I felt like like I was losing friends or because I knew that they had never known I was there to begin with.

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    Deborah 06-09-13
    Deborah 06-09-13
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    "A sweet, magical tale beautifully told"

    Gaiman's trademark creativity -- a delightful mixture of fantasy and myth, humor and pathos, and a little horror (but of the mildest sort) all read beautifully by the author. Such endearing characters! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and listened to it twice. The musical interludes were just right, too.

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