Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
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In the fairy tales of Neil Gaiman, children often cross the boundaries between this world and supernatural dimensions. This exploration was the magic of his bestselling book Coraline, about a girl who discovers her Other Mother and Father living in a secret apartment inside her house. In his latest fairy tale, The Graveyard Book, Gaiman turns the idea of other worlds inside out, with a hero named Nobody who grows up in a graveyard. For Nobody, crossing the boundary into another dimension means leaving the ghosts behind and joining the living world outside the cemetery gates.
The Graveyard Book opens with the murder of an entire family at the hands of a professional assassin. He has only the baby left to kill when he creeps up to the nursery, knife ready. But the baby, oblivious to the violence, has already escaped his crib and wandered into a neighboring cemetery, where he meets the ghosts whose bones are buried there. The ghosts adopt him, name him Nobody Owens, and grant him the “freedom of the graveyard.” With this freedom, he can do everything the ghosts can do: fade, slip through gates and even recognize a Ghoul Gate. As he matures, he begins to hunger for the living world, and eventually, he must confront the danger lurking outside the cemetery: his would-be assassin, who still wants him dead.
If all of this sounds a bit macabre for a children’s story, rest assured: Gaiman makes it whimsical, not scary, thanks in part to his ability to find humor and hope in the gravest of situations, and in part to his remarkable talent as a narrator. His voice makes the graveyard sound livelier than any place this side of the cemetery gates.
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Now I want to listen to all of his books
The best part about getting this story as an audiobook was Neil Gaiman's performance. He does amazing character voices and he's consistent with them. Now I want to listen to all the other books he narrates.
This was the second book I read of Neil Gaiman's and I am totally hooked. I love his voice and how he changes into different characters. The music also helps with the mood. You will really enjoy this read.
Gaiman at his whimsical, spooky best
Being a fan of mr. Gaiman's other works and having both a credit to spend and an 8 hour car ride ahead of me this was a no-brainer. The book was really quite good. On par with earlier works like Neverwhere and Stardust and better in my opinion than the "American Gods" books. Really a fun listen, and as a narrator Gaiman is quite exceptional which is impressive considering some disasterous author reading attempts I've had the misfortune of listening to (see the Lemony Snicket books read by the author or Madeline L'engle's reading of her own "A wrinkle in time" which ruined the whole experience for me (so I went back to the book). Enough about that. Highly recommended.