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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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    Michael Kaufman 04-04-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great performance of a great book"

    There is something special about an author reading his own book. He understands the work, he feels it's emotions, and (if he has the reading talent) he can sometimes present it better then a third part ever could.

    This is one of those cases.

    Its a great book. Well worth reading. Even better as an audiobook.

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    Shannon P. Curran 04-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "No Ordinary Graveyard !"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bod was our favorite character because he is open-minded, cunning and resilient.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman is a master at imparting personality and life to his characters as well as settings.


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

    The end is incredibly unpredictable, but quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book appealed to a family with preschool to middle school aged children. We couldn't stop listening to the story, and hung on each and every word uttered by this amazing author who happens to be my 8 year old daughter's favorite author.

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    annesherzer Battle Creek, MI United States 02-27-14
    annesherzer Battle Creek, MI United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Really annoying music"
    What disappointed you about The Graveyard Book?

    Annoying music between chapters so loud the first sentence or two of each chapter cannot be heard


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silas


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration would have been great if parts had not been drowned out by the music


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great story well written without the music would rate it tops


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get a refund for the parts I never get to hear

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-30-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Imaginative and fun ghost story"

    I enjoyed this story, which is not a typical ghost story. It felt a bit like a mix of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket. Like the Harry Potter novels, this story creates a whole new world that exists outside the sight of regular humans. This one, though, is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and the like. It's the tales an infant, who escapes a murderer who kills the rest of his family. The boy is adopted by ghosts who live in a cemetery, and it follows the boy's life growing up in both the land of the living and the land of the dead. While it sounds a bit gruesome, it is mostly a sweet and funny story with some gruesome/scary episodes.The British narrator reminds me of the Lemony Snicket narrator, and the language of the story is like Lemony Snicket as well. This is a great audio for the whole family (older kids). I'm an adult and enjoyed listening with my adult son! This is enjoyable at the start, but is light on plot then. It gets better as it continues.It is well written, and I'd say it has appeal for age 8 to adult.

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    Harris MEMPHIS, TN, United States 12-26-13
    Harris MEMPHIS, TN, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Bought on a lark --Enjoyed it immensely"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    I do not know. I enjoyed this a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The central character who has the experiences of the graveyard and its protection.


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

    The central character..although all were well brought to life ...if you can say that about a graveyard


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

    The Graveyard....There is No Place Like Home


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    Laura Fields Charlotte, NC 11-28-13
    Laura Fields Charlotte, NC 11-28-13
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    "[Phantom Tollbooth-wit] + [Harry Potter-imagery]"
    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or Neil Gaiman?

    I probably wouldn't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At first, I was taken aback by how juvenile the story was. It "read" like a young adult book. I stuck with it despite this because my cousin recommended the book.

    The story begins with Phantom Tollbooth - type adventures that end with some type of parable message. These adventures are set within a larger Harry Potter - type "chosen one" battle against evil. The stories show imagination;however they lack the wit and intelligence of Phantom Tollbooth. Similarly, the overall world in which the story is set is imaginative, but lacks the rich images conjured by the Harry Potter series.

    I stuck with it until the end even though 1) I didn't care about any of the characters and 2) could have told you how it ends long before.


    Do you think The Graveyard Book needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I just didn't develop an attachment to any of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Merideth 11-22-13
    Merideth 11-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A new favorite!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    The reader was fantastic.


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

    It is a book I immediately wanted to listen to again- and run out and tell everyone else to listen to as well. The only other books I have loved this much are The Help and Odd Thomas- mainly just because the readers make the story. Books I loved to read, but loved to listen to even more.


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

    He brings the characters to life with perfect nuance to reflect each character, feeling and emotion


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

    There were several moments really. I laughed at times and had tears in my eyes at others but was completely engrossed throughout! I love the relationship between Bod and Silus especially.


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    J. Farrell new york 11-02-13
    J. Farrell new york 11-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mesmerizing narration"
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as performance goes, the very best, except for other books narrated by Neil Gaiman. As for the story, I enjoyed it very much, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. For my tween kids, it was perfection!


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    The way he says "chocolate chip cookie." Seriously. I love his voice, I love his accent, I love the way he does the different character's voices. It was great, and after I listened to this one, I listened to others of his books, just to listen to his voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ahmad 10-29-13
    ahmad 10-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Delightful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorite authors, narrowly beat out by Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells. Having read American Gods, Fragile Things, and Smoke and Mirrors multiple times, it was interesting to experience one of his stories slated for a younger audience.

    The characters were adorable, the story was fun and interesting, and Mr. Gaiman's performance was excellent.

    I loved that this was written as the main character would have experienced it, with only bits and pieces dedicated to the drama that surrounds him. It lends an interesting duality to the story and keeps you wondering about the characters and the universe they occupy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silas was my favorite character. He's honorable, interesting, dedicated to his charge and, here and there, funny. Most important, though, is how Mr. Gaiman handles what Silas is. By the end of the story, there's no question about it, but it has almost no impact on the story except to enable him to care for Bod in ways that the other characters cannot.


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

    Yes. And I've listened to it three times all the way through since buying it.


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    David Phillips Springfield, VA, United States 10-21-13
    David Phillips Springfield, VA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Dark Story to Excite the Imagination"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Morbid, Imaginative, and Lonely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While the many side characters are interesting and play their parts, you cannot escape the perspective of Bod. His story is unlike any I have heard of before, and the way his character is shaped is intriguing. Bod displays great bravery, wisdom, and care for others, despite his troubled past.


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

    All of the ghouls - as performed by Neil Gaiman - were wonderful to listen to!


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

    I had no extreme reaction to this book, but I was fully engaged the whole way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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