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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

March 14th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed on audio book from the library

Publication date: October 1, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

This is a book that people have been suggesting for years that I read but to be honest the synopsis never really grabbed me. One day I was browsing the audio books at the library and saw it sitting there so I figured why not? I have a long drive and it would be something to keep me occupied while sitting in traffic. Let’s just say it was as good as people told me. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly made it so good since it is basically following a boy, Bod (short for Nobody) as he grows up in a graveyard and eventually goes on to find the murderer of his family. It was interesting to see how being raised by ghosts, some as old as back from the Roman times, saw the modern world around him.  This story was so good that my husband who fights me tooth and nail when I try to get to him to read was hooked after borrowing my car one day and hearing part of disc 2. He quickly snatched the discs to listen to during his commute and finished it within a few days.  The best part for me was that Neil Gaiman was the narrator and I loved his voice.  He played all the different characters perfectly and you felt like you were a part of the story.  I highly suggest this one and it’s a wonderful audio book.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, childrens

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    Neil Gaiman is rather a hit or miss author for me. Thankfully, this was a hit!

  2. Michelle

    I know this is going to get me flamed but I haven’t yet been drawn to Gaiman. I don’t have any desire to read these books. It sounds like this is the one I should read when I finally do though!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    LOL. I know, Gaiman is one of those authors everyone said to read and it was just because I stumbled across this audio book that I “read” it. Maybe I should look for a Sarah Dessen book on audio. She’s another author everyone’s suggested and I have yet to read.

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