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  • An Adventure Too Weird for Words
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Coraline

By: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Dawn French
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Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.

Shortly after moving into an old house Coraline discovers a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room. And it is locked. Curiosity runs riot in Coraline's mind and she unlocks the door to see what lies behind it. Disappointingly, it opens onto a brick wall. Days later, after exploring the rest of the house and garden, Coraline returns to the same mysterious door and opens it again. This time, however, there is a dark hallway in front of her. Stepping inside, the place beyond has an eerie familiarity about it. The carpet and wallpaper are the same as in her flat. The picture hanging on the wall is the same. Almost. Strangest of all, her mum and dad are there too. Only they have buttons for eyes and seem more possessive than normal. It's a twisted version of her world that is familiar, and yet sinister. And matters get even more surreal for Coraline when her "other" parents seem reluctant to let her leave.

©2002 Neil Gaiman (P)2002 Bloomsbury

Critic Reviews

"I think this book will nudge Alice In Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love." (Diana Wynne Jones)
"This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your shoes and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece. And you will never think about buttons in quite the same way again." (Terry Pratchett)

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It was amazingly creepily amazing

Neil Gaiman must be a VERY clever man to come up with this unique story that kept me intrigued

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My granddaughter was excited every time we went in the car because she got to listen to more of this story!

Great book! My 11 year old granddaughter has seen the movie and had nightmares but the book had her excited and eager to hear what happened next! Listening to the book actually helped her to leave those fears from the movie behind and she was able to watch again, after hearing the book, with new eyes. Fantastic!
Really enjoyed the narrators style of reading and will look out for more with her narrating.
Thanks Audible.

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Dark Children's Masterpiece

Beautifully crafted dark Masterpiece that will take you to another place. This story will give you faith that monsters can be beaten.

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Amazing

My two favourite things, coraline and Dawn French! She does a great job reading the novel and the story is very creepy! Perfect to listen to during the autumn season

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Loved Dawn, Loved the story!

Such a nostalgia story, I loved how Dawn told it.
I think this book is great to read at any age. I highly recommend it.

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Not sure what’s creepier

It’s a great story, but I honestly cannot tell which is creepier - book or movie. I love Gaiman’s writing and know I’m going to listen to this again.

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Excellent

I love Neil Gaiman's stories and Dawn French narrated this one beautifully. I definitely recommend!

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amazing

the most amazing book I've ever read. definitely worth it. perfect for ages 9-14. so great.

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french was amazing reading gaiman's vivid world ♡

loved it so much even when it got scary or tense with the high adventure

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Do not expect the movie...

This is very different from the movie, but still interesting and spooky - if I didn't know the movie I would still love this. And Dawn French....

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