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The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman]

The Graveyard Book

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Jonathan Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom 25/11/2008
    Jonathan Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom 25/11/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved this"

    Not written a review of any other audiobooks on here but this was a great adults fairytale and read in a lovely way just like someone reading you a bed time story. I am new to Neil Gaiman and am already a huge fan. I would listen to this one again and again.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Joan WatfordUnited Kingdom 05/12/2008
    Joan WatfordUnited Kingdom 05/12/2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    Full of thrills, humour, mystery, and pathos, this is a wonderfully imaginative tale for everyone from 10 - 100. The author is an excellent reader (is there no end to his talents?)and there is appropriate music between chapters. All in all, a delight from start to finish and a perfect Christmas treat.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Ireland 01/12/2008
    Justin Ireland 01/12/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    I wasn't 100% sure that this book would appeal to me, but I'm glad I bought it. Excellent story and the reading by Neil Gaiman was also excellent and added to the story. One of the best books I read/listened to this year!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paul WarringtonUnited Kingdom 15/06/2009
    Paul WarringtonUnited Kingdom 15/06/2009 Member Since 2006
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    "almost but not quite"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    nicole United Kingdom 24/12/2013
    nicole United Kingdom 24/12/2013 Member Since 2013

    "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Another 5 star book by Gaimen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    Gaiman's quirky imagination, evocative writing and great narration made this a brilliant listen. His characters are engaging and the music score really pulls the whole thing together. I loved how each chapter was a separate story following Bod from a young boy to a teenager.


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

    This is more reminiscent of Gaiman's Good Omens (which he co-wrote with the amazing Terry Pratchett) or The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. It is a children's book but I personally prefer his books for younger readers as they can equally be enjoyed by adults but have less darkness and more humor than more well known books like Neverwhere.


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

    Gaiman is a really good narrator. He was shortlisted for Audible's narrator of the year in 2013 and this book will show you why. His understanding of the story and ability to give voice to his characters, brings the whole thing to life exactly as the author intend. Combined with the music score, Gaiman's narration really creates an atmospheric performance.


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

    There are both funny and sad scenes in this book but despite some very bad things happening to the hero there is a lot more cheer and optimism than sadness in it, which is how I prefer a book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I just couldn't stop listening too, it's beautifully narrated and imagined and I will defiantly be listening to it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2010
    Julie Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Great adult/young adult book"

    Loved the story, quite dark for a childrens book. My critism is I don't like music on the audio books. Sometimes the narrators voice grated on me. But glad I bought this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Seigneux, Switzerland 22/06/2013
    Sharon Seigneux, Switzerland 22/06/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Most entertaining audiobook I've bought so far!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    In addition to writing a unique and interesting story, Neil Gaiman does a fantastic job narrating his book. His various voices and accents bring all his characters alive (even the ghosts!), and his detailed descriptions paint vivid pictures in the mind's eye. This book crosses over genre categories and would appeal to audiences of all ages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Neil Gaiman's narration is awesome.


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

    Bod (the protagonist) was my favorite; he is sensitive, tries to be helpful, and especially tries to understand the ways of life (and death) around him.


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

    I liked all of the heart-to-heart conversations in the book between Bod and Cyrus.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Neil Gaiman's book "Stardust" were available to buy through Audible. Why isn't it? It has already been recorded by the author. I would snap it up immediately!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Southampton, United Kingdom 20/07/2011
    Alex Southampton, United Kingdom 20/07/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a wonderful story, and very well narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. It seems advantageous that the author is reading it, as he knows exactly how all the characters and names ought to sound, and he understands his own phrasings. Bod's adventures while growing up in a graveyard are both imaginative and exciting. I would thoroughly recommend this audiobook

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James ottery st mary, devon, United Kingdom 17/08/2010
    James ottery st mary, devon, United Kingdom 17/08/2010
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    "Magical"

    Don't be put off by the 'young adult' tag; it's a very long time since anyone called me that but I loved this book. It has a magical atmosphere, combining the fantastical with a lovingly authentic evocation of an ordinary English town, cold chips, buses, rain and all. Crucially, for an audio book, the narrator (Neil Gaiman himself)is a wonderful reader. He also sounds uncannily like Alan Rickman, which is high praise indeed. Strongly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Penzance, United Kingdom 24/07/2009
    Janet Penzance, United Kingdom 24/07/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful imagination,"

    This is marketed as a Young Adult book but it is also a wonderful adult fantasy that had me lying awake hours past my usual sleep time to hear the ending. It is read by Gaiman himself, really well,and it means that you know that the interpretation of the characters is correct (something you cannot always be sure of). A terrific listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Tim
    Br|hlGermany
    05/09/09
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    "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
  • Felicity Fairchild
    18/06/10
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Quezon CityPhilippines
    24/09/09
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    "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
  • Nicole
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    01/08/09
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    "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
  • W G
    Lynwood, WA, Australia
    04/05/09
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    "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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sandrine
    Differdange, Luxembourg
    13/07/12
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    "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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Napier, New Zealand
    20/04/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia
    09/06/10
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tanyush
    Switzerland
    17/08/14
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    "Beautiful story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommended! The story is beautiful, this is truly one of the best books by Neil Gaiman. And he is an amazing narrator..


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely the best!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence Dembo
    Western Austrlia
    18/03/14
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    "Fun for the whole family"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, Haunting, funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrated magnificently by the author who you feel truly lives in his characters. Its a book with all the elements - mystery, humour, fun. Its about growing up and friends and loyalty.


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

    No, but now am searching for everything he has written and narrated


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

    Wanted dead or alive....or is that alive or dead?


    Any additional comments?

    please please do yourself a favour and listen to this book. we listened with our 10 and 12 year old and we all LOVED it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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