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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil (Audiobook CD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Graveyard Book

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: The graveyard book
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York :, Harper Children's Audio,, c2008
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 7 sound discs :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: written and read by Neil Gaiman
Notes: Compact discs
Summary: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Additional Contributors: Fleck, Béla - 1958-
ISBN: 9780061551895
Branch Call Number: CD Children GAIMAN
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • auntiedee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a fun book to read. Highly imaginative....in the character of Bod and his ghostly guardians in a graveyard. His mentor Silas was a mysterious, but wise soul who helped him transition to the living.

Report This Feb 24, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Somewhat awful!

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Though written for children, I loved this book and my boyfriend was also quickly sucked it. It was a delight listening to the audio book narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. The character's were "lively" and wonderful and the plot was beautifully and imaginative!

Report This Jan 30, 2013
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great book, and it was interesting to hear it read by Neil Gaiman himself. However, I felt let down--even depressed--by the anti-climactic ending. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I will say no more.

Report This Jan 21, 2013
  • MissVerity rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Neil Gaiman brings his voice to this fantastical creation - character speech & sound effects included! 100% outstandingly imaginative world, & one of my favorite characterizations of a triumphant, unconventional coming of age. Warning to parents: as the title shows, it does portray w/ past deaths and ghosts as a part of mundane life. It's fun though - the ghosts maintain the full range of human personalities!

Report This Dec 18, 2012
  • aboyter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was my first Neil Gaiman novel and I think his first young adult novel. It was superb! The story line was refreshing and succinct. A boy being raised by ghosts and living in a graveyard to escape a dark murderer is certainly unique. You will find no flat characters in Gaiman's novels. Everyone has a past that defines their personality. Some were private and mysterious, making you hang on to every word trying to figure out if they might be a special kind of ghost or something else all together, some were hilarious and cantankerous, and others were sensible and critical. There wasn't one character that I didn't like, even though I might imagine throttling a few if they really existed in my life. The weaving of such deep characters could only be done by an artist like Gaiman. There was nothing stagnant in his novel. The story was suspenseful, meaningful, and a good mystery. And if you listen to the book on CD you will get to experience the many different accents Britannia houses.

Report This Nov 18, 2011
  • 21269005826116 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Neil! This book, especially the book on CD is not just for kids!

Report This Oct 14, 2011
  • FatCat22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book, excellently read by the author. Mr. Gaiman is a wonderful story-teller whose voice enhances the words he speaks. Characters have different voices, accents and tones. All of them are interesting. I was a wee bit saddened at the ending. I thought that since it was a fantasy, a fantastical ending would be good. Unfortunately, (for me) he chose realistic. But for folks less sentimental than myself, this might be the perfect ending.

Report This Aug 11, 2011
  • spaolone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a wonderful surprise to find Neil Gaiman. This was the first book I picked up after realizing that he wrote Coraline and have been excited to hear the rest of his collection.


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  • aboyter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

aboyter thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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  • spaolone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Dec 16, 2010
  • notTom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In this 2009 Newberry Award winner, Nobody Owens has lived in the cemetery at the top of the hill since the night his family was murdered and a pair of ghosts took him in. Encountering vampires, specters, ghouls, werewolves, etc. on a daily basis, young Nobody ('Bod' for short) has the freedom of the graveyard, something accorded very rarely to living people. He has learned to fade, dream-walk, generate fear, and haunt as well as any living person can under the tutelage of the hundreds of ghosts living in his graveyard. As Nobody grows older, he seeks to find out why his parents and older sister were killed, and who exactly it was that killed them. To do this, he must leave the safety of the graveyard and face the danger that lies in wait for him out in the real world. Set in a unique setting, told in a fresh way (Neil Gaiman himself narrates the audiobook) with a fascinating cast of characters, this book is an engaging hallmark of story-telling that is difficult to put down.


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