Audio Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

graveyard bookThe Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: MG/Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

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.

My Thoughts

Did I mention that NEIL GAIMAN is coming to Syracuse next year?  Well, if not, then NAIL GAIMAN IS COMING TO SYRACUSE NEXT YEAR!  And I am so, so excited, but I have to admit, I’ve only read Stardust, and I wasn’t madly in love with it.  Oh, well I’ve read the graphic novel of Coraline as well, which I enjoyed more than Stardust, but I can’t say I was in love with it either.

But since NEIL GAIMAN is coming to Syracuse next year, I wanted to try some other books by Neil Gaiman, and The Graveyard Book was at the top of my list.  I was a bit apprehensive about it, but I shouldn’t have been, because it turns out that I LOVED this book.

This book is pretty much all about Nobody Owens.  We see him grow from a baby to a teenager.  He’s kind of adorable, but not in the “oh look it’s a little baby” adorable.  He’s very realistic, despite the fact that he lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts.

There are some interesting secondary characters.  Silas is Nobody’s guardian, and takes on the task of making sure Bod learns what he needs to learn.  I really enjoyed hearing about the different ghosts living in the graveyard.  I loved how a lot of the ghosts were introduced by their names and then their birth and death dates.  It really added to the atmosphere.

Speaking of the atmosphere, the setting for this book is awesome!  Setting a book in a graveyard makes for some seriously interesting characters and story lines.

I usually prefer character-driven books, but I think the real strength of this book is the story.  At first it feels kind of episodic, but it all comes together at the end.  From Nobody and Scarlet discovering the Slyr (I listened to the audiobook so I’m not sure about the spelling), to the Ghoul Gate, they all kind of work together in the end.

One quick note about the narrator – Neil Gaiman himself narrates this one, and you guys, he is so awesome!  Seriously, his voice is just perfect o narrate a book set in a graveyard.

I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  After not really caring for Stardust, I sort of thought Neil Gaiman’s books just weren’t for me.  But I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book.  I liked the bigger theme of the book: not be afraid to live your life.  If you haven’t read this one, I highly recommend that you do so.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Audio Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  1. I am glad you liked it! I do love his books and Graveyard is one of my favorites!

  2. Kim says:

    What a great book! It’s the only Neil Gaiman book I’ve read actually- but I want to read more now!

  3. Tanya says:

    This is one of my favourites by him, and I’m just itching to get my hands on the audiobook. I’ve heard from so many people that it makes the book just that much better.

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