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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 30, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001H44FP4
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The Graveyard Book Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Gaiman spins the tale of Nobody Owens, a child who escaped the mysterious murder of his birth family and is taken in by none other than the ghosts at the local graveyard. Under the watchful eye of his new, ghostly parents and an otherworldly guardian named Silas, tiny "Bod," as he comes to be known, makes the land within the graveyard his own.
But as he grows, questions arise: why isn't Bod allowed to leave the graveyard? Will the one human girl he met as a small child ever return to visit? Who is searching for this innocent boy, and why does Silas leave him, for weeks at a time, under the watchful eye of taciturn Miss Lupescu? Who - or WHAT - lives deep within the bowels of darkest, most forbidding hillside at the edge of the graveyard?
The complicated answers to all of this and much more Gaiman weaves together into a beautiful, terrifying blanket, and in so doing, he shows his readers that it is only the most porous (and important) of curtains that separates life and death, that magic still exists, and that love cannot be limited by any boundaries, no matter how impenetrable they may seem. Truly, a book for all ages. An instant classic.
This book is a retelling of the famous Jungle Books by Kipling, and I enjoyed figuring out who the matching characters were supposed to be (obviously Nobody is Mowgli, and there is a Bagheera, a Baloo, an evil version of the Banderlog, etc.) But this book is much more. Neil Gaiman always writes such a literary and beautifully written version of a fairy tale, and this book is no exception.
The life of Nobody was exciting and fun to read, and the lurking horror of the man who killed his family, and who won't give up his mission to kill Bod is always in the background until the exciting climax (and obviously this guy is the Shere Khan character!).
As always, Gaiman's writing is compelling and holds your attention. Anyone who enjoys YA literature, or fantasy, or just a great book would enjoy this!