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  • Written by: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (287 ratings)

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Coraline

Written by: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
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Publisher's Summary

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different...

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the critics say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great

Loved the story. Gaiman's narration was great (and kind of hilarious). It was interesting to hear the story in the way he intended it to sound. I also loved the music interspersed within the audiobook. Overall, 5 stars.

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Always loved the Coraline story

I've always been a huge fan of the Coraline story and have seen the movie multiple times. I thought it was time I read the original book. I especially enjoyed the fact it was narrated by the original author.

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"I liked it, I really liked it" Atreyu 10

"When he was reading the story, his voice made the story come to life". Thanks.

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A delightful children's horror story

As someone who loves the film version, I wanted to listen to the original to compare and contrast the stories. My impression is that while the main components are the same, this original story is closer to horror lite than the film version, which merely runs into creepy territory.

That said, I liked the book as well as the film and if you're someone who likes scary-ish stories this could be for you. Mr. Gaiman's narration was enjoyable to listen to and the other auditory flourishes throughout the book added to the atmosphere of the story.

*SPOILER WARNING* In the book, Coraline's parents are much less neglectful and dismissive towards her (imho). Bigger differences are that in the book there is no Wyborn character or Coraline doll. And in the film she really enjoys going to the other world the first time time which is why she goes back. She didn't regret going until her second visit. In the book there is no fun first visit, she gets creeped out being there after the first visit and only returns to save her parents.

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amAzinG!

a amazing story narrated and written by Neil gaiman, and the narration was also amazing!

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A Better Book for a Younger Demographic

Good book, slow performance. Listen at 1.25x for the best listen. The book itself is great for youngsters getting into a horror/psuedo-horror genre. Neil Gaiman definitely has better books but this one is a fine addition to his repertoire.

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great book

fun to listen to. wonderful book . enjoyed listening to highly recommend it . .

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love it

my daughter loves listening to this story as much as I do. narrator was smooth and clear.

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Unique story, could do without the music.

For some reason I wasn't aware that Neil Gaiman was British, so it was a bit jarring to hear the book read in a British voice. I did like it though; the movie was quite close to the book, yet the book gave me more of that stock-still, creepy factor from the Beldam that I imagined her to have. I personally felt like the music was extremely out of place (and not that good) so I could've done without it, but overall this audiobook was enjoyable and fairly well done.

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Wonderful

Wonderful short story. Creepy and scary similar but definitely different than the movie. Would suggest for people over the age of 12 LOL

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