a beautifully told, dark, intelligent, simple, series of fairy-tale adventures in the life of Bod. Pretty much perfect,i'm getting hooked on gaiman...
This is a beautifully narrated book. The style of the narration so wonderfully matches the story. It is excellent. I heartily reccomend it to everyone who enjoys a very good quirky story.
I downloaded this title yesterday and I absolutely love Neil Gaiman's reading, he has a wonderfully rich story telling voice. The story is intended for younger readers but I would recommend it as a charming modern fairytale to anyone.
A great story, with only one or two dissapointing bits you find in all books - but for the story itself its 5/5 - what lets this audio book down the most is the music thats overlayed onto the start of each new secion which drowns out the narator to a degree distracting your mind from the tale and onto the tune which plays for aft far to long into each section.
Also sad to say that I would have much preffered a proffesional voice artist to the author narrating his own book - I'm sure theres a certain charm to this and that he, above anybody else really has a feel for the characters, who they are and what they sound like... its just that the way its read at times is like a story being read to a small child by an adult who isnt quite used to reading stories yet and hasnt quite worked out which bits to emphasise, and other tricks of the trade.
Good book - but the music and naration slightly lets it down.
The Graveyard book was the first book I had downloaded from 'Audible', I was not disappointed. I put the book onto my Ipod and listened to it on my coach journey to London, a distance of about 3 hours. Neil Gaiman has a lovely voice and the descriptions he gave was almost as if I were there - in the graveyard. The story is surreal and very entertaining, I was on the edge of my seat during the final chapter.
I am no stranger to Gaimans books, having read 'Stardust','Anansi boys' and 'American Gods' too.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It is brilliant made even more special by the fact that Neil narrates it.
My Ipod battery only lasted for the first 3 chapters and gave up the ghost 2 mins before the end of chapter 3:-(, had to wait a while to hear more.
This is the second of Neil Gaiman's audio books that I have listened to, following on from the Anansi Boys. Enticed by the novelty of the Anansi Boys, I was not disappointed in the Graveyard Book. This is a superb listen.
It is well read, thoroughly enjoyable and well presented and packaged in terms of content, pace and delivery. Gaiman's sytle is beautifully gentle for the younger reader. This is a definite buy for both the younger reader and adult alike.
You know how, when you read a book yourself, you get a 'sound' of the characters in your head?
Well this is the first time that I've listened to an audiobook and had the narrator and my own 'sound' impression match so well.
Beautifully read, the plot kept me listening in only 2 sittings over a busy weekend.
I loved it enough to immediately download a couple of others, both narrated by the author.
I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting tale of a boy's life in a graveyard. It completely captured my imagination and I found it to be compelling listening. The author reads it as it is meant to be read (obviously) and brings such life and depth to the host of characters.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, it's beautifully written and deftly read by the author.
The plot keeps you intrigued all the way through, with nice little references as to the origins of Bod's guardian Silas and his counterpart Miss Lupescu.
The sinister "Man Jack" proves to be a very memorable villain. Having never experienced the world of Neil Gaiman's books before, I look forward greatly to my next one.
...make it this one.
This tale is perfect for the medium and the author paces the narration perfectly. The story has everything: suspense, scares (mild ones), pathos, mystery, an evil antagonist and lovable proatgonists.
The plot is effectively a number of self-contained chapters which take you through the life of a child who escapes being killed with the rest of his family by blundering into a graveyard and being adopted by the ghosts there. Mad as it seems, by the end of the first chapter you will see this as perfectly normal.
Neil writes with very graphic language and his narration makes the best use of this, painting pictures with his voice. The language is such that the whole family can listen without getting lost or being talked down to.
This is perfect for a car journey, it will entertain all ages and predelictions.
Get it now before Hollywood gets hold of it an cuts it down to 90 minutes, there is magic enough for much, much more than that.