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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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An experience I'll probably never forget.

I definitely was not expecting of how much I would enjoy this experience I just lived. I already got the opportunity to read and experience Coraline's journey to save her parents and herself in two adaptations, the movie and the comic book (which is more faithful to the original text), and I guess I still can't get bored of reading, or in that case, listening to this wonderful, dark and fantatic story that Neil Gaiman put out to the word.

I am a immigrant new to Canada coming from Brazil, and even tho I consider my english to be at least pretty decent, I still struggle sometimes to understand what some folks say to me, so I knew I needed to train my listening skills. And because I recently watched Neil Gaiman's MasterClass, I was craving to experience more of his stories, so it was just perfect when I found this app and realized how many of Neil's works are in here! With it, I was able to realize both my wishes!

I picked Coraline to be the first book to listen because I was a little afraid to ruin the experience of a story that I never read with my not so great english listening skill, but now that I finished, I just realized how much I was able to understand! Sure, I still don't understand 100%, so I do need more practice, but still it was such a amazing and relaxing time I had while I listened to this! I was so lucky for the 3 days that I casually listened to the story to be just slightly rainy and foggy, which fits so perfectly with the feel of the book in a way that I was able to just keep myself completely immersed in the story no matter where I was and what I was doing!

And what I can tell about Neil's perfect, warm and magical narration of his own work? It still feels like a dream to have the author himself to read you his book, almost like if he was telling a bed story for you before you feel sleep in a deep dream. I know it sounds weird and exaggerated (after all it's just a 4h long audio I just downloaded) but this is the best I can describe the feelling of listening to this audiobook!

And when I finished it, I just couldn't help myself but to keep a big smile on my face for a long time, just like Coraline while listening to the sounds and music of the mice circus on the end of the summer...

Now this becomes a great memory that I will keep close to my heart forever and that I'll probably never forget.

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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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I liked it. It's just like the movie.

I enjoyed it. I can't wait to read/listen to more of Neil
Gaiman books. I love that he is reading his books. He has a great voice and does a beautiful job.

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amazing book

I loved this book more that the movie counterpart
would read again sometime in the future

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incredible

he is the best story teller! it's almost like watching a movie! I recommend greatly!!

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great book

it was a really good book, I enjoyed it a lot and will be listening to it often

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Alice through the looking glass "esk" story

very enjoyable listen. strong flavor or Alice through the looking glass. fantastic story and as always with Gaiman well performed.

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Great Performance But Lots of Plot Holes

For those of you who aren't familiar with the story, Coraline is a little girl who moves to a new apartment in this rural area with colorful characters, like a retired mouse trainer and two washed up film stars who haven't gotten over their halcyon days. Her parents are hard-working and don't really have time for her, so Coraline is often left to her own devices and feeling frustrated as a result. When she finds a mysterious locked door in the wall of her new home that leads to another, magical world, she is absolutely delighted. It's like Narnia, or Harry Potter - only not. I've never read one of Gaiman’s books before but I thought since I thought highly of the movie I would give the book a shot. One of the book tuber’s I follow was so creeped out by the book she didn’t even finish it so naturally I was on board for reading it. Some of the questions I had while reading this book were probably common with other readers, Where did the other Mother come from? What was she? Why was she haunting this house? So many questions….I think this book was created to creep out and entertain and that was what it did. But I prefer my books to be a little more than that. I didn’t 100% love Coraline, which is understandable as I’m not the target audience. Maybe reading it at a younger age would have made me feel different, it’s hard to know. I will finish this review with this quote that stuck with me.
"When you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”

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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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  • 2008-03-19

Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids

My family listened to this book on the way back from vacation. The group consisted of my mother (62), myself (42) and my two sons (9 and 11). This story, as is typical of Neil Gaiman, was atmospheric, lyrical and always imaginative. My mother, who can be a talker, didn't interrupt the story even once. But, the story, which is about a girl's parents who are kidnapped by a fairy tale type character and replaced with strange reproductions, is pretty dark, and scary enough that my 9 year old asked if we could turn it off for a while at one point. Of course, the next time we got into the car, he wanted to hear the rest, so although frightening, it is still an involving story. So, if you have a particularly sensitive child, I would be careful with this book, but otherwise, I highly recommend it.

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  • APersonWhoBuysStuff
  • 2020-03-13

THE. BEST. SCARY TALE FOR ALL AGES!

Coraline TERRIFIED me when I was little and borrowing it from the library (because the cover was so cool!) and I had nightmares for weeks but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! As an adult, it still sends chills up my spine, especially with Neil Gaiman's unmatched performance of his wholly unique horror thriller children's book the likes of which I haven't come across before or since! ELEVEN STARS!!

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  • Steven Casper
  • 2008-06-18

Creepy Fun

I love a story that doesn't take a month to get to the point. And a thriller that gets to it is even better.

If I'm going to be creeped out, I need to really care about the character, so generally a book needs to spend some time introducing you and explaining why you like the protagonist. It's easier to do that if the protagonist is a child. Young enough that you can immediately like them and want them to win, but old enough that they aren't completely helpless (making their victory unbelievable). Gaiman has done this, and done it well.

Coraline is a nice girl. Too bad about creepy reflections of her parents that want to adopt her now that her real parents have gone missing.

The audio is fantastic. The singing rats were creepy. I loved the song that opened the reading. Kind of wished there was more to it.

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  • Annette
  • 2007-09-20

Very Entertaining

I purchased this book for a weekend car trip with my teenagers and was worried that this book would be too childish for them. There was no need to worry. This book is quirky enough to draw kids and adults.

After Harry Potter, it is hard to find characters and worlds and books that are fun. This book gives me hope that there are many fine gems out there waiting to be found.

We did not find this book as scarey as some of the reviewers warned about. The book was strange without being too scarey.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-01-21

A DEAD SPIDER THE SIZE OF A SMALL CAT

I'M YOUR OTHER MOTHER
I agree with audible addict, I question the age for this story and performance. This will cause nightmares in younger children. Once you get past that, this is a great scary, adventure story. A dark Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. Listen by yourself before sharing with younger ones, but don't ignore it, it is very entertaining.

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  • Aysha
  • 2015-12-07

i liked the movie better....

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this is very rare of me to acknowledge that the movie version is better than the book, the earlier chapters seemed a bit boring honestly and Coraline seemed like an emotionless girl to me even when she met the other mother for the first time, it is not until she went beck to free her parents that it felt like Niel Gaiman book. to be honest Henry Selick did a great job altering the story a bit for his movie, his version seemed creepier and scarier than the book. But it is always great to hear Niel narrate a book.

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  • Debra Tydd
  • 2005-05-04

So good I read it first!

I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter, and decided to read it first so that I could make sure it wasn't too scary, and so that we could talk about it. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't put it down. Wonderfully spooky and evocative -- and delightfully scary (but not too scary). Now I have the audiobook for my daughter, and other kids in the family. By the way, she really liked it too!

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  • K. Duderstadt
  • 2006-10-18

So Creepy!

Thank goodness for the British and their love of scaring the pants off of little kids. This book is CREEPY. It's very odd, as well. People compare it to "Alice in Wonderland" with good reason. The imagery is just as vivid, and the language just as good. However, I found Coraline to be much more disturbing. The things that happen about two hours in are disturbing enough to me as a 26 year old woman that I would strongly hesitate to give it to any child under 10, and that only for children who have never been afraid of the dark, or of rats...

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  • Katana Dunn
  • 2021-08-08

My favourite book

Such an interesting story. I enjoy a lot of things about it. I love that it takes place in an old victorian house. I love all the quirky characters. The other world and mother is very creepy. The themes are thought provoking. Great storyline!

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  • Christine Darlene
  • 2020-05-23

Lovely Descriptive Words

I listened to this book because I love the lovely descriptive words in it, not so much the story.

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  • Anonyme
  • 2021-05-31

Love this tale

At first I was intrigued when the movie first came out. I only watched the movie when I turned 19 years old. I was delightfully surprised of how it turned out to be. I finally had the courage to open the book and download the audible to illustrate the original version. I love it.

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  • Maja
  • 2020-10-31

J'adore I Love IT

Un bon passe temps en travaillant sur mes devoirs 😅
L'histoire est perturbante flipante, bien plus que le livre mais qu'est ce que c'est bien