The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil

(Audiobook CD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Publisher: New York : Harper Children's Audio, c2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061551895
Branch Call Number: CD Children GAIMAN
Characteristics: 7 sound discs :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Fleck, Béla 1958-


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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, not just for kids-- and Neil Gaiman reads his own work very, very well.

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Dec 07, 2014
  • nicolegrima rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My first audio book experience - love Neil Gaiman's novels and he did a GREAT job at narrating this book, bringing the characters to life with his different accents and intonations.
For the folks who found the ending anti-climatic... did they not remember the ending of The Jungle Book? It's the same.

Jun 17, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent narrating! Kept us entertaining on an awful Toronto drive.

Apr 22, 2014
  • Jsm047042461559 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book even though it's quite dark. I had some great conversations with the kids while we were listening to it.

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.

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

Somewhat awful!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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Apr 22, 2014
  • green_cheetah_745 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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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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