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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

Critic Reviews

"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

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A book by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman was one of my favorite authors. As I'm sure you have probally heard of Coraline, Stardust, American God......are some of his masterpieces. However The Graveyard Book might be the best book he has ever written. I mean seriously, the book got the 2009 Newbery award. I enjoyed it very much myself, as I'm sure most of you would too. By the way, the narrator was Neil Gaiman himself.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Br|hlGermany
  • 09-05-09

Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration

I read this after being tormented by the mediocre pulp of "Game of Thrones" and "Red Mars". What a relief to return to a real writer and storyteller, and one who can narrate his own work brilliantly as well. An enchanting story, believable and captivating characters, real imagination of an offbeat world so masterfully painted that you don't hesitate to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. The only downside is the fact that most of Gaiman's books are blacklisted by Audible's narrow-minded publishers, available only to listeners in the USA.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Quezon CityPhilippines
  • 09-24-09

Classic!

If I am to pick my favorite of all Gaiman's works, The Graveyard Book would be it. This one might be catered to the kids, but adults can appreciate this too.

And with Gaiman doing the narration, it's just perfect!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia
  • 06-09-10

Narrator surprise

I was astonished when I finished listening to this & realised that Neil Gaiman had narrated his own work. I was hooked from the first moment both because of the way Gaiman uses language but also his wonderful narration. It is hard to know how much I would have enjoyed the book if I had read it but listening to this book was the most pleasurable audiobook experience I have had so far.
I think what made it so good is that Neil Gaiman immeasurably enhances the characters with his vocalisations. On hearing him utter a single sentence by Bod or Silas or any of the other characters, you immediately get a sense of who they are. It is the happy result of a fantastic author who obviously knows his characters inside out and also happens to be a first class narrator

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  • Nicole
  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 08-01-09

Vivid storytelling

This was an ideal book to hear on audio because the author's voice of his characters was convincingly and colourfully performed.
The story is fantastic, I felt as though I was wandering through the graveyard and seeing a secret world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • W G
  • Lynwood, WA, Australia
  • 05-04-09

Incredible

"Wow" is all I can say about this book. The book kept me on my feet and the narrator was exhilarating! At the end I was shocked to find out that the author himself narrated it! As far as the content of the book I would say 4/5, but how it is narrated is by far the best I have previously heard, receiving a 6/5 in my books. Great Job Neil Gaiman!

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  • Sandrine
  • Differdange, Luxembourg
  • 07-13-12

Enjoyable listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommended especially to those that as an adult enjoy a good teenage novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked every character even the bad guys. The story unfolds through the characters so there is one for everyone to like or dislike

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I will now

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  • Carol
  • Denver, Colorado
  • 04-20-12

Something different and worthwhile!

Hard to believe a toddler could grow up in a graveyard cared for by spirits. But it works! This story is delightful, sad, out-there, mysterious and more.

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Neil's best work

Highly recommend it. To top it Neil read this one himself and brings each character and scene alive in your head as you flow along.

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wonderfull

i absolutely loved it! one of my favorite authors and this was just lovely! fave book

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  • KW
  • 10-05-16

Fantastic

A great, original and mysterious story that kept all of our family (Mum, 9yr old son and 7yr old daughter) entertained on our road trip.

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  • Joshua
  • 06-17-15

MUST LISTEN

Having it read by the author is fantastic, he puts emphasis in all the right places and give the characters lives of their own.

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  • tsjlhm
  • 07-04-16

The graveyard

This book is an amazing story for all ages it has a excellent plot and is presented very well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kye
  • 07-02-16

Wow! Just brilliant.

This wonderful story is made even better by the wonderful narration by its author, Neil Gaiman. What an incredible talent he is. There is nothing to dislike about this story, and being my 'first' audible book, I think it will be hard to match.

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  • Matt
  • 03-29-16

Stunning

This will be a book was a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for creating this Mr Gaiman.

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  • Hugh D. Macfarlane
  • 01-21-16

Neil Gaiman is a master

Neil Gaiman narrates every bit as well as he writes. Thus reminded me very much if Stephen Fry's narration of Harry Potter and was every bit as impossible to put down.

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  • LukeyH
  • 12-18-15

Classic spooky tale, suitable for all ages!

Read by the author himself a classic ghost story but suitable for all ages nothing too horrific or scary I was hooked from this opening paragraph

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • 04-28-15

Successful Suspension of Disbelief

A baby raised by ghosts in the graveyard? Ghouls, Barrow-wights, international ageless assassins ? Hounds of heaven? A heady mix that could be both off-putting and unsuccessful. But that is not the case: Neil Gaiman once again creates a parallel secondary world into which we are not simply invited, but virtually compelled to enter. The writing is authentic and graceful, the plot is captivating, and the characters – especially that of the boy growing – are attractive beyond measure.

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  • Eeling
  • 12-19-15

Perfect!!!

So addictive!! Really love the way Neil tells the story. 2 thumbs up!! 👍👍 Would recommend to everyone!

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  • Alex
  • 09-17-18

Killer

A beautiful story of growing up. Somewhere perfectly between a children's book and adult fiction. Gaiman never misses.