Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman narrated by the author

Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Format: Audio
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: 2002
Length: 3 hours, 36 minutes
Read by: Neil Gaiman
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
A young girl finds another world that is both interesting and terrifying behind a locked door in her house.

Why I Read It:
After listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane written and narrated by Neil Gaiman I had to hear him tell me more stories.

The Book:
From the publisher:

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.

My Thoughts:
I knew I had to listen to more of Neil Gaiman narrating his own work before I was even finished listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I finally pinned down what it was about his narration that made it so special. He doesn’t simply read the story. He tells it like a storyteller.

I really didn’t know much of anything about this book at all. I’d heard about the “Other Mother” character but I didn’t know where she fit in.

This one was plenty scary and creepy but at the same time it was so much fun. Neil Gaiman can make remember exactly how I felt as a kid.

Coraline wondered why so few of the adults she met had made any sense.

Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn’t hurt it almost always did.

Then he comes along and in a simple sentence can say something profound.

When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.

He can also make me laugh

‘Calling cats’, it confided; ‘tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.’

Yes, I giggled at that even though my cats come when you call them but my cats are often more like dogs than cats.

Anyway, my second adventure with Neil Gaiman was just as wonderful as the first. I love listening to him narrate his own work but I’m hearing wonderful things about the full cast audio version of The Graveyard Book and might add that one to my list.

What’s your favorite audio of a Neil Gaiman book?

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration