Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: March, 27th, 2011
Format: Audiobook narrated by a full cast
My Rating: 
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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 best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
I think it's becoming clear on this blog, that I really love some Neil Gaiman. I'm slowly reading his backlog, so I finally got around to listening to the audiobook of his middle grade horror book The Graveyard book. I don't read a lot of children's books, but this one is kind of dark for being a kids books The reason that Bod is living in the graveyard is because someone killed his whole family and the ghosts who live in the Graveyard decide to protect and raise him. It's certainly an interesting story, that I wished I could have listened to it all in one sitting.

I was a little disappointed that the audiobook was not narrated by the author himself, because he does such a great job at narrating his books. I was okay with this in the end, because this one was done as a full cast. I don't get to listen to a lot of full cast audiobooks, so whenever I get the chance I jump at it. This one was interesting, and I have to give props to the actress that does the voice of Scarlet. We first meet her as a young girl and she has a British accent, but she leaves the town and grows up in Scotland, so she comes back as a teen with a strong brogue to her accent. I was really impressed. The only thing that bothered me about the full cast is that I think it gave me a spoiler, and I wonder if I would have figured it out had I read the book. One of the characters is pretending to be someone, but I figured it out before anyone else in the story because I recognized the narrator's voice. I thought to myself, "hey, wait a second, isn't this that character?" I even rewinded the audio to figure out I was right. I wonder if it's as clear in the text, or if this is just a case of being a careful audiobook listener.

The book spans Bod's life from a baby to a young teen, so even though I would classify it as middle grade, it kind of straddles the line between middle grade and young adult. I do feel like it has a very coming of age feel to it. It's about Bod growing up and trying to figure out his place in the world. It's also about him being brave enough to face the dangers that are out there. If he doesn't, he will just end up hiding in the graveyard his whole life.

I loved all the different ghostly characters in this book. I also found Bod's mysterious mentor Silas to be intriguing. I do wish we got to know a little more more about Silas. I think it's clear what he is, but it's never explicitly said so you have to figure it out for yourself. Liza Hempstock the witch that Bod helps out later in the book was also one of my favorite characters.

I didn't pick up on this until I read some other reviews, but this book is basically The Jungle Book, but just with spooky elements mixed in. I think that makes perfect sense and is probably why I liked this book so much. If you like a good coming of age book with a hint of the paranormal, I recommend this one.

I definitely recommend the audiobook for this book, you can get your own copy by using my affiliate link below. If you already have audible, you can get it for a discount or use one of your credits! I think it's worth it.

Happy Reads Everyone!

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