‘The Graveyard Book’ audio book arrives in time for Halloween
Neil Gaiman has had his hands in a great many pies over the course of his career. His work in the field of comics is unparalleled, but beyond the seminal Sandman graphic novels, Gaiman has found himself working in the fields of television, cinema and video games. However, one of the best mediums for Gaiman’s unique brand of storytelling seems to be in the resurgence of audio drama. Gaiman’s novel ‘Neverwhere’ was produced last year for the BBC Radio 4 as a five-part series. Featuring the vocal talents of James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch and Anthony Stewart Head, ‘Neverwhere’ was an excellent audio production, proving that the medium that was once the hub of entertainment for our grandparents, is now experiencing in resurgence.
Those who have enjoyed Gaiman’s recent foray into audio should be thrilled to know that ‘The Graveyard Book’ is getting a brilliantly produced audio book edition. This audio book won’t simply be a single performer reading from Gaiman’s work, but will be filled with a full cast of actors populating the world of Gaiman’s imagination. Featuring the vocal talents of Derek Jacobi (The Borgias), Miriam Margolyes (Prof. Sprout in the Harry Potter Films), Clare Corbett (Dark Souls), as well as Gaiman himself.
‘The Graveyard Book’ remains one of my favorite Gaiman stories, telling the tale of Nobody Owens, an abandoned young boy, as he learns about the trials and tribulations of life from the ghosts and ghouls in his graveyard home. Paralleling ‘The Jungle Book’, Gaiman’s story has a strong child protagonist but does not talk down its audience. Featuring moments of great adventure, alongside moments of horrific peril, ‘The Graveyard Book’ would be at home alongside Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.
The audio production of ‘The Graveyard Book’ will be available for purchase September 30th.
Below is a preview of the performers recording their parts for the production.