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4.00000526886963 out of 54.00000526886963 out of 54.00000526886963 out of 54.00000526886963 out of 54.00000526886963 out of 5 4.00 (127,162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061707391
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Neil Gaiman is a master of mixing the elements of dark and whimsy to meet every reader's needs. His uncanny retelling of Kipling's The Jungle Book is no exception. The Graveyard Book is essentially the same format and plot outline as the 1894 classic, but with one major difference - instead of the jungle, it takes place in a graveyard. So, when an orphan baby boy winds up in a cemetery, who should raise him but the inhabitants there? Ghosts!

Nobody "Bod" Owens escapes from his nursery just before a killer named Jack (or "the man Jack") kills the rest of his family. The baby finds his way to a nearby graveyard and is adopted by the ghosts Mr. and Mrs. Owens. He is given free reign of the grounds and is provided for by a man (implied to be a vampire) named Silas.

Bod grows up in and around the graveyard, learning the ghoulish arts of Haunting and Dream Walking. He makes friends with both the living and the dead, and has countless adventures around the haunted property. Just as in The Jungle Book, the killer does return years later to finish the job of killing Bod. This culminates in a battle involving Silas and the others against the man Jack and his Order.

Winner of the Newberry Medal, the Hugo Award, and several other notes of prestige, Neil Gaiman is a living legend. A number of his works have been adapted for film, television, and radio, and met with great success. He is not only a novelist, but writes children's books, comics, and television scripts as well.

A brand-new full cast audio edition of a perennial favorite—The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold over one million copies. Special content in this edition includes the story behind The Graveyard Book, written and read by Neil Gaiman.

The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal (the only novel to ever win both awards), the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult Book, and Audiobook of the Year. This full cast audio edition is performed by Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Reece Shearsmith, Lenny Henry, and an ensemble cast.

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… Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book by beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman is sure to enthrall listeners of all ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It takes a graveyard to raise a child. My favorite thing about this book was watching Bod grow up in his fine crumbly graveyard with his dead and living friends. The Graveyard Book is another surprising and terrific book from Neil Gaiman.”

    Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

  • The Graveyard Book, by turns exciting and witty, sinister and tender, shows Gaiman at the top of his form. In this novel of wonder, Neil Gaiman follows in the footsteps of long-ago storytellers, weaving a tale of unforgettable enchantment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet, and very satisfying.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Wistful, witty, wise—and creepy. This needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2009 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Boston Globe_Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2009 Indies Choice Book Award: Young Adult Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2010 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children, 2008
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • #1 Selection for the Fall 2008 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2009 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature
  • A 2008 New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature
  • Winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Best Children's Title (Ages 8–12)
  • Winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Aeon815 | 9/18/2017

    " The Graveyard Book is a great story and would make a really great movie. Neil's writing is very much his own and it comes through in this story. I would consider this book to be in the "young adult" category, but as a grown-up I found it simply charming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic idea from Neil Gaiman. The beginning is an immediate attention- drawer and the mini adventures inside this book are phenomenal. This book keeps you reading to the very end to discover the identity of the villain. A slight twist at the end gives the book a lot of character. I would definitely recommend this book to any other 10-15 year old boy or girl as the life of Bod is filled with excitement and surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed this book much more than "American Gods". The story structure was more straightforward, leading to a satisfying climax. I loved the characters who inhabited the graveyard, especially Silas, (his guardian), and I thought that he riffed successfully on the original "Jungle Book" without giving up many surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T. Sae-Low | 1/22/2014

    " I heard great things about The Graveyard Book, and finally had some time to sit down and read it. Nobody Owens is an intriguing protagonist whom I rooted for throughout the novel, but simultaneously couldn't help but feel sympathy for given his unique circumstances. I really enjoyed the ending once everything started to come together. Filled with interesting characters with equally interesting names (the ghouls were my favorite), Gaiman has written a wonderful new children's tale. The beginning was a bit slow for my taste, but it's still an engaging tale nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cordelia Becker | 1/18/2014

    " I love Neil Gaiman's writing. I actually listened to this book with my daughter on a cross country trip. I enjoyed as much as Harry Potter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Mayo | 1/18/2014

    " This was a fun ghost story -- makes me want to re-read The Jungle Book as Gaiman's book was clearly based on it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johan Simons | 1/7/2014

    " macabre fantasy story about a boy who grows up on a graveyard, running from a murderer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prema | 12/28/2013

    " Fantastic book! Seeing Bod grow up was probably the best part. While he changed, the graveyard remained the same. Hence, a very bittersweet ending. Definitely one of the best books I've read in a while. I look forward to reading more works by Neil Gaiman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 12/23/2013

    " "I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even with the fantastical setting of the graveyard. While I suspect this is intended for younger audiences, it had a definitive Harry Potter feel, helped along by the British voice, Neil Gaiman's own. A good against evil fun read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneva | 11/28/2013

    " Good coming of age book for a junior high student "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cinthiarougoor | 5/29/2013

    " I read this book with my class,the beginning was slow, and the chapters were long but it was worth it!At first it keeps you hanging and makes you want to read more.Its a little boring until you get to chapter#7 than you'll be really hooked!it has a weird twisted ending that I think youll like! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 3/12/2013

    " One of my favorite books - ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corvinus Maximilus | 7/28/2012

    " Neil Gaiman...I love all his words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kisha | 6/9/2012

    " I think it's impossible for Neil Gaiman to write something I don't love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Lee | 5/28/2012

    " Listened to it read by Neil on line. One of the best authors ever. Very original and intriguing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ★RavenclawReader★ | 2/21/2012

    " A wonderful, wonderful book. I thought that my favorite book by Neil Gaiman was Coraline, but The Graveyard Book is just as good - maybe better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Flores | 10/2/2011

    " Awesome book! Very creative and it has some great characters. I love every chapter of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 8/6/2011

    " Loved the audiobook! Made for the perfect bedtime story. I suspect if I'd been reading it I might have found the plotty bits and the conclusion a bit unsatisfying, but with Neil Gaiman doing awesome voices all that slid by without a problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Albright | 6/4/2011

    " It was pretty great, I didn't even get that it was a take on the Jungle Book until I was finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 5/23/2011

    " Wonderful story for kids or adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wim | 5/22/2011

    " Read this for my kids and they loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/21/2011

    " This book was so weird but good at the same time. It took some getting used to having a boy grow up in a graveyard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 5/21/2011

    " A great young adult book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mizell | 5/20/2011

    " very enjoyable and not your average book. the story is quite heart-warming even whilst cradled in subjects that for most are dire. this is a book of the anti-hero in their glory and misunderstood as they may be, their triumph is still one of joy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juna | 5/19/2011

    " I, unfortunately, did not like this book at all. I was reccomeneded this book last year, and i read i think one chapter. i did not get any of the story at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/18/2011

    " It is an amazing book that will just leave you facinated!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne E. | 5/18/2011

    " Gaiman has earned his Newbery. This middle-grade story has every element of great fiction: imaginative language, humor, suspense, clearly-drawn characters, and pathos. I went from hiding under the covers to reaching for a Kleenex a couple of times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 5/18/2011

    " A cute story that I will def. share with my future children :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/18/2011

    " Wow, that started off creepy. I'm hoping there is a follow on, I'm interested in how Bod turns out in the real world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 5/17/2011

    " Neil does the audio version, a must listen. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.