Audiobook Review - The Graveyard Book

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Newberry Medal winner, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is a sort of tribute to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. It's the story of Nobody Owens ('Bod' for short) a boy who is raised by ghosts after his family is murdered. The graveyard where Bod grows up is populated by many interesting and mysterious characters, including ghosts, witches, Hounds of God and a man who is very possibly a vampire.
Bod is a wonderful character: Honest, loveable and open. You will enjoy seeing him grow up, make mistakes and learn about the world around him. The Graveyard Book is marketed as a children's book (ages 11 and up), and despite Gaiman's penchant for the macabre I think it works well as a story for children. But it is a children's book that will appeal to many adult readers, as well. Gaiman is one of those rare authors that does not talk down to his readers, and that makes his stories very accessible.
Neil Gaiman has long been a favorite author of mine, but this is the first time I've listened to one of his audiobooks. May I just say that his voice is delicious? That's right, Mr. Gaiman reads his own book, and he does it very well.


Ashlie Dalton said...

Hmmm... I might have to check this out. Sounds quite interesting! Cool that he reads his own book too.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Looks fantastic. I have seen this book before but your review is what sold me on it.

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