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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Tony Robinson Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies....

Not many people can see the dead (and not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the members of the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead aren't going to take it lying down - especially since it's Halloween tomorrow. Besides, they're beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were...well...alive. Particularly if they break a few rules. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/20/2014

    " just marvelous; not at all creepy despite the cover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs | 2/12/2014

    " Cemeteries are for the living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/5/2014

    " Very fun read. Pratchett is just as enjoyable in a non-fantasy setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kate | 2/3/2014

    " I thought it was a very cute book, very amusing and a fast read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " Still fantastic. Johnny's an awesome kid. And hee, a Death cameo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/24/2014

    " I think this would be a great book for the YA crowd. Inventively told, keeps you interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srividya | 1/18/2014

    " This was a brilliant play - putting it on stage can be a tad complex as its got quite a large cast. But I enjoyed reading it and am encouraged to read more Terry Pratchet books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 1/17/2014

    " Though technically a children's book (or young adult, I suppose), there's nothing childish about it. A very poignant little story about what it means to be dead and what the dead mean to the living. All the Johnny Maxwell books are worth a read (hell, all Prachett's books are), but this one strikes a special chord with me. It feels very true to life, even as it deals with supernatural elements. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany Martin | 1/16/2014

    " This one is much better than the first Johnny book, but mostly for its references to Chesterton's statements on tradition and democracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Moyler | 1/10/2014

    " A very funny and surprisingly touching book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Strugglingwriter | 1/8/2014

    " This was a good kid's book. Not spectacular, but pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Copeland | 12/30/2013

    " For a book written for tweens, this was excellent in wit and plot. I liked how Pratchett doesn't talk down and the characters are funny, true, and self-aware in an endearing way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/3/2013

    " Fun, but it didn't grab me as much as Book 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 10/27/2013

    " Johnny is instrumental in saving a cemetary having talked to some of his residents. At the end they realise the cemetary is for the living not the dead - wittily written, difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sascha | 10/16/2013

    " Love. My favorite of the Johnny books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megara | 10/10/2013

    " I love Terry Pratchett. The Discworld series is unbeatable! But his non-discworld books don't impress me all that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 9/14/2013

    " Loved this book when I was younger. I go back to it every now and again for a quick read and it never fails to make me giggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 6/23/2013

    " This was a great book--it reminded me of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book," but without the bit of scariness. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz White | 1/16/2013

    " A lot like The Sixth Sense only funnier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Cormier | 1/9/2013

    " Though this is the second in the Johnny Maxwell series, it reads well as a stand-alone story. A quick read, it is a good YA in-between novel. Though the subject is sort of dark, Terry Pratchett keeps it light and enjoyable. There are even several good lesson quotes for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darceylaine | 8/14/2012

    " Good, but I liked the other 2 better. I like the whole "What is the nature of death and the afterlife" thing, and of course our young hero out to change the world. I was worried it would be creepy and horrorish, but of course it was much more thinky and not gross at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Nokleby | 5/4/2012

    " Why do I always forget how FUNNY Terry Pratchett is?? I've read a few of his Discworld books, and really enjoyed them. This is an easy read, light-hearted look at death and the after life for "post-senior citizens". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthea Strezze | 3/11/2012

    " I read this a very long time ago, and then lost my copy. I need to find a new copy and reread it before I can do a real review, but the fact that I *want* to reread it says something. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LauraW | 8/14/2011

    " And I tried again. Same result - it's OK, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to any kids I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia E Sherman | 6/12/2011

    " Great book. Fun to read. Young readers will enjoy this plot, and there is a great deal of movement within these pages. Now on to book 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 5/25/2011

    " My least favourite Pratchett books, tho that said this is a pretty decent effort, a funnier, more outrageous take on the same storyline Gaiman used in the Graveyard book. Harmless diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 5/23/2011

    " Laugh-out-loud funny and featuring one of the sweetest characters in children's literature. This one can stand alone, but read Only You Can Save Mankind anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/21/2011

    " Well, this is Johnny Maxweell #2. Still quite a good read, but the first book in the series is the best IMHO. But still this one is quite a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shriya | 4/28/2011

    " Fabulous! Terry Pratchett reminds you of Rowling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/13/2011

    " I probably should remove a star for the ending which was, well, rather dead. Nevertheless, I am always charmed by Terry Pratchett. Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was better for story, but this had a little more thinking, more reality leaking out, between the lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " No force so strong as the force of habit.Living must remember, dead must forget "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Agnieszka | 3/18/2011

    " It was still funny, don't get me wrong, but it's not Terry P. who was so brillian as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/7/2011

    " A lot like The Sixth Sense only funnier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bojojoti | 2/28/2011

    " This is the second book with Johnny Maxwell. I really like this boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthea | 1/28/2011

    " I read this a very long time ago, and then lost my copy. I need to find a new copy and reread it before I can do a real review, but the fact that I *want* to reread it says something. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 1/9/2011

    " This was better than the first book with Johnny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kate | 11/16/2010

    " I thought it was a very cute book, very amusing and a fast read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/21/2010

    " Why do I always forget how FUNNY Terry Pratchett is?? I've read a few of his Discworld books, and really enjoyed them. This is an easy read, light-hearted look at death and the after life for "post-senior citizens". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 7/5/2010

    " I keep trying to be a Terry Pratchett fan. So many people love his writing. Johnny and the dead started out pretty good but now I've gotten to the middle of the book and I've completely lost interest. Oh well, maybe my being a Pratchett fan is just not meant to be. "

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About the Author
Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.