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Description

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

Critiques

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

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  • Global
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So inventive !

it is a very refreshing novel. The reader is very good too. I recommend this book !

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Amazing

Amazing writing and story telling, I loved it trough and through and eager to hear the rest from Neil

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Felicity Fairchild
  • 18/06/2010

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • 05/09/2009

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 sur 7 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel
  • 24/09/2009

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 sur 5 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John
  • 09/06/2010

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

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole
  • 01/08/2009

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.

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  • Global
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  • W G
  • 04/05/2009

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!

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  • Sandrine
  • 13/07/2012

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

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  • Carol
  • 20/04/2012

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.

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  • vijay krishnan
  • 20/06/2018

Neil's best work

Highly recommend it. To top it Neil read this one himself and brings each character and scene alive in your head as you flow along.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/08/2017

wonderfull

i absolutely loved it! one of my favorite authors and this was just lovely! fave book

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • gebueschohr
  • 10/08/2009

zurückspulen, noch mal hören!

Eine wundervolle Geschichte über das Leben, den Tod und den ganzen Rest. Und das noch vom Meister selbst gelesen! Neil Gaiman spricht die unterschiedlichen englischen Akzente der Figuren so wundervoll, es ist zum Niederknien. Diese Toten leben mehr als viele Lebenden. Rockt!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • swawasmuse
  • Trier, Deutschland
  • 25/05/2010

Gaiman work is magical

The world Gaiman creates here is dark, but full of colours, and beautiful. It's a world suitable for children as well as 'adults' ;-p .
"The Graveyard Book" is a 'key' to imagination. And Gaiman's voice is the guide there. I was taken back to the time, when my 'Oma' and me went to the graveyard to tend the graves of some of our family. And there I had some adventure only a 5 year-old can have.
But now it is Gaiman and his work that revive those images form the past. Therefore I want to call him a Master. His story is pretty complex and yet is gives enough room for the own imagination and / or childhood experiences. That is the essence for a good read, or in this case, a good audio book!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Präsi
  • Bad Honnef
  • 02/01/2011

Herrlich!

Vorab eine kleine "Rüge", weil sich doch einige Fäden, die im Verlauf der Story "angesponnen" werden, nicht wirklich auflösen. Ausserdem ist es zu kurz ;-) ! Das hätte wirklich Potenzial zu einer Serie gehabt! Das wars aber auch schon mit den negativen Aspekten!
Am besten gefällt mir zum Einen, das der Autor (und gleichzeitig Leser) es schafft, durchgängig eine wunderbare, Schaurig-schöne Stimmung zu erzeugen und aufrecht zu erhalten. Zum Anderen sind es die Sprache und die herrlichen Akzente und Ausdrucksweisen, mit denen Gaiman in seinem Vortrag spielt.
Unaufgeregt und trotzdem kurzweilig! Spannend, aber ohne Effekthascherei! Ganz klare Empfehlung!

ps: Man muss des Englischen nicht perfekt mächtig sein, um die Originalversion zu verstehen! Die ist auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen, will man sich nicht der herrlichen Akzente und Ausdrücke der englischen Version berauben!

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  • Global
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  • w4
  • 08/02/2016

Fantastisch

Vermutlich bemerkt jeder Erwachsene, der viel liest, irgendwann repetitive Muster, und die sich abnutzende Magie von fantastischen Romanen. Aber immer mal wieder findet sich dann doch wieder eine Geschichte, die einen mit einem wehmütigen und doch warmen Herz und Tränen in den Augen zurück lässt. Das hier ist so eine. Im Englischen vom Autor selbst gelesen ist es zusätzlich eins der best gelesenen Hörbücher in meiner Erinnerung.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • BikerJoe
  • 20/03/2015

Lovely Childhood Story in Disguise

This is a lovely and enchanting childhood story, very nicely told. Neil Gaiman found the perfect tone for this absurd, but charming little narrative.

The gruesome and bloody initial event, the murder of a whole family, is quickly abandoned and all the attention is given to the baby left behind. The little toddler, who just learned to make his first steps, escapes the murderer and stumbles into the nearby graveyard, where he finds love and protection.

The little guy is given the name Bod, short for "Nobody" and he grows up among ghosts, a vampire, a witch and a werewolf, who all together take care of him. Regardless of the bizarre setting, the story is just a lovely childhood story with a lot of little pieces of wisdom and insight thrown in. Of course there is also first love and some dramatic adventures, Bod will meet ghouls and find a treasure, but nothing of that will really raise your blood pressure. Finally it will come to a confrontation between Bod and Jack, the murderer of his family.

I loved this little fairy tale, it is unusual and highly entertaining. Some of Bod's naïve questions remind me of Exupery's "The Little Prince", somehow the magic in the 2 books is very similar.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Demon
  • 02/04/2011

eine hübsche spannende Geschichte

Die Geschichte um das Leben von Bod ( Nobody) wird ganz reizend vom Autor selbst gelesen. Oft sollten Autorinnen und Autoren dies besser nicht tun, aber hier ist das ein echter Gewinn. Obwohl Bods Leben sich im Friedhof mit Geistern abspielt, lernt er viel über die Menschlichkeit und Authentizität und Ehrlichkeit und das Erwachsenwerden.
Ich würde dies als hübsches Kinderbuch einordnen und habe es kurzweilig genossen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 21/10/2018

Mal eine etwas andere Geschichte mit Magie

Ich finde die Geschichte is spannend, eigenwillig und stellt sehr interessante Charaktere vor.

Ich empfehle das Hörbuch gerne weiter.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katharina Leschinsky
  • 05/10/2018

Beautiful!

Beautiful and touching story, read by the author, who let's the characters come to life, each in their own way. The music between the chapters fits the feeling of the book perfectly in my opinion.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Katja P.
  • 15/06/2018

Genial!!!

Ich habe ein neues Lieblingsbuch gefunden! Tolle Story, wunderschönes Setting, ironisch, spannend,... Was will man mehr von einem unterhaltsamen Buch?!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Indira Scheibe
  • 30/11/2017

Excellent!

What a beautifully written story, and marvelously told! A book to fall in love with.