The Graveyard Book Cd

Audio Book (CD) | September 30, 2008

byNeil Gaiman

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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.

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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 leave...

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, Coraline, Anansi Boys, and The Graveyard Book; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and M Is for Magic. He is also the coauthor (with Terry Pratchett) of the no...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061551899

ISBN - 13:9780061551895

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gaiman is a great story-teller! This book has won a ton of literary awards, including: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2009), Newbery Medal (2009), Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (2009), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature (2009), Cybils Award for Middle Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year (2009), An ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers (2009), ALA Teens' Top Ten (2009), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Nominee (2009), Indies Choice Book Award for Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction): (2009), Carnegie Medal in Literature (2010), and British Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009). The Graveyard Book is a fun read, with a dash of creepiness thrown in! It's a bit of a dark tale and it sounds horrid, but there is no graphic violence. The book is rated suitable for ages 12 and up. At the outset of the book, we learn that a man named Jack has killed a family trio: Mom, dad, and their daughter. However, the baby manages to escape from his crib and slide down the stairs on his bottom and toddle out the front door. The baby makes his way up the hill to the cemetery, and a ghostly couple named Mr. and Mistress Owens finds him asleep on the ground. They hear the man named Jack banging on the cemetery gates, trying to get in. The child's parents, now ghosts themselves, beg Mr. and Mistress Owens to protect their baby. The couple never had children of their own, and Mistress Owens is thrilled to raise the child that she never had herself. The child is raised by Mr. and Mistress Owen in the graveyard, but his guardian is Silas who is a member of the Honour Guard that protects both the living and the dead. No one knows the child's name, and he is given the name of Nobody ("Bod" for short) Owens. Because he is a part of the graveyard, he is able to develop certain skills unknown to other humans, such as fading and being able to pass through solid objects. In the graveyard, he is protected from Jack and Bod is warned that it is dangerous for him beyond the cemetery gates. As Bod grows older, he wants to explore the world outside the cemetery but doing so puts Jack back on Bod's trail! Memorable quote: "It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." - Silas Gaiman is a new-to-me author, and this was a great Halloween read! I particularly liked Miss Lupescu, Bod's teacher in the graveyard who could shape-shift into lupine form! It wasn't until near the end of the story that we finally learn why Jack is after Bod. I think that Gaiman is a great story-teller, and I will definitely read more of his work. This version of the audiobook is narrated by Gaiman himself. I quite liked his reading, and I thought he did a fine job. MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was really good! You should put it on your "To Be Read" list.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A VERY unusual "coming of age" story Although this is a young adult book, it has plenty of interest, excitement and intrigue to offer an adult reader. Nobody Owens [Bod to his friends] lives in a graveyard, where he is looked after by the ghostly residents who live there and one live [we think] - but quite mysterious - guardian, Silas. Bod cannot leave the graveyard, because there are sinister forces looking for him. The same forces that killed Bod's entire family when he was a baby want to find him and finish their evil deed. Bod is hidden and safe in the graveyard, but, as he grows, he longs for the adventures of the world outside the graveyard. Not that there aren't adventures to be had IN the graveyard, mind you, what with all sorts of people and stories and secrets held by those inside. I listened to this as an audio book, and Neil Gaiman, the author also narrated the audio version, and did an excellent job. The story is clever, unusual and creative - filled with mystery, adventures, good guys and bad guys, damsels in distress, lessons to be learned, and important decisions about life to be made. The characters are diverse and endearing - except the bad guys, who are deliciously evil and unredeemable - and are all brought fully to life by Gaiman's deft writing and narration. This is a fast and easy read chock full of twists and turns, murder and mayhem, and unexpected suprises as Bod tries to figure out who he is and what his life should be. Along the way, Gaiman also delivers, oh so subtly, lessons about courage, choices and family which are sometimes sweet and tender, and other times bitter and sad. Ultimately though, the book is a thoroughly satisfying adventure story that neatly combines a boy's coming of age with magic, mystery and excitement. A very fun read!
Date published: 2010-05-12