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The graveyard book

by Neil Gaiman

  Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Simply amazing!   (2009-07-14)

Excellent

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by tiamatq

This book was just wonderful.  I'm having such a difficult time finding things to say about it besides the fact that it was amazing.  It's sweet without ever being saccharine.  There's hilarious moments (I loved the ghouls), sad and scary moments, and the ending is just right, leaving you hoping for another book *please please*.  I have to agree with Leila, this book feels very similar to Sandman, but without some of the horror content.  Adult themes lurk around the edges of the story - after all, this is about growing up - and there are plenty of frightening characters in and out of the graveyard (mostly out).  The characters are all so full of life (forgive the pun) - all around, this book was amazing.

I have to say that the audio version of this is just brilliant.  I listened to Neil Gaiman read Coraline, and he did a great job there - but this blows that reading out of the water.  The characters, the accents, everything is so developed, you forget you're listening to just one person reading.  Just listen to the chapter with the ghouls and Miss Lupescu and Bod's adventures through the ghoul gate... you'll be hooked!  I know I'm going to have to check out the paper copy of the book, to peak at Dave McKean's illustrations, but I'm going to be recommending the audio version to everyone. 




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