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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (127,161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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)

  • Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 Boston Globe_Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2009 Indies Choice Book Award: Young Adult Book of the Year
  • A 2009 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2010 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • 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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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