Reviews for Coraline


AudioFile Reviews 2002 October/November
Coraline describes herself as an explorer. When she finds a mysterious corridor in her family's new flat, she must fight sinister forces determined to keep her parents, three lost souls, and herself prisoner forever. Neil Gaiman's performance seems effortless. His soft-spoken voice lends to the overall darkness of the story, and his British accent matches the setting. Reading clearly and at a moderate pace, Gaiman will leave teen and adult listeners alike captivated and continuously caught in the suspense. The Gothic Archies, usually featured in the Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks, make an appearance here, adding haunting music to an already haunting tale. J.M.P. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine

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Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 April 2003
Gr. 5^-8. An abstract rendering of a black cat on the inside cover of the audio tells listeners that a cat figures prominently in this supernatural tale. And indeed young Coraline discovers a cat while looking for adventure in her new house. Gaiman represents the cat by virtually purring his lines in tones as smooth as oiled silk, achieving a sometimes coy, always confident tone. Behind one door, Coraline discovers another world with more-caring parents and tastier food. At first that world seems better, but soon enough, Coraline senses something disturbing, and she is trapped in this sinister place. In conveying the other mother, Gaimon assumes a sweet, almost insipid voice, a clue to listeners that all is not well here. With subtle, effective use of volume and pauses at the right moment, Gaiman heightens the suspense of his eerie tale. --Patricia Austin Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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