The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061707391
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 43 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave
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Feb 24, 2017

Wanna read a book with a great, unique story line? This is your book! An 18 month old baby escapes the clutches of a bad man named Jack & finds safety & a new family in the nearby graveyard. With the help of the entire graveyard community, young Bod (short for Nobody) receives the same education that you & I received in our youth. He may have learned a few "other" lessons as well. Cute, warm, & even a little odd, this is a fun story. Due to the fact that Bod lives with dead people, there are some spirit/ghost elements to the story (non-scary). My age recommendation below is based on this fact.

Age recommendation: 14 & over

On a scale of 1 - 10 stars, I give it 8.

katbee Nov 12, 2016

The full cast audio is a fun way to listen to this creative story!

JCLSamS Oct 26, 2016

Though I found Bod to be a rather lackluster protagonist and the plot in great need of better organization, this was still a fun enough read to be worth the time. Gaiman, as always, is a wonderfully imaginative writer with a very unique and enjoyable sense of humor, and a very talented reader of audiobooks. I will listen to nearly any book Neil Gaiman wants to lend his voice to.

May 11, 2016

This Audio has a British reader. He was very difficult to understand.

Jun 17, 2015

I’ve recently listened to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I was particularly interested in this title because it was nominated for an Audio Publisher’s Association Award. It won the Distinguished Achievement in Production. The majority of the story takes place in an old graveyard where a human infant is raised by the ghostly inhabitants of the graveyard.
I’ve never read or listened to anything quite like it. The multiple-voice narrated book was a fabulous listen.

PimaLib_JenM Jun 02, 2015

A very deserving win of the Audie Award 2015 for best children's title. Neil Gaiman reads the book himself, and he has the most soothing voice I've ever heard. I've listened to this one multiple times.

Dec 07, 2014

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.

bandblair Jun 17, 2014

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

Apr 22, 2014

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

This was a fun book to read. Highly 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.

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Feb 24, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jul 08, 2015

Re_Bel thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Apr 22, 2014

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Dec 18, 2012

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

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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