Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook Review)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineFormat: Audiobook

Source: Scribd

Publisher: Harper Audio

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror

Narrator: Neil Gaiman

Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

Publication Date: 11th November 2003

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

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, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. 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 and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.”


My Thoughts & Review

I’ve watched the movie, although I have to admit I haven’t watched it all one sitting. Even till this day!! And this is another book that I’ve been putting off reading for so long. I think 2020 is the year I actually get through some of these books that I’ve been Putting off. Anyways, back to my review.

I found this book a little weird. I can’t quite work out if I liked it or not. Now don’t get me wrong it was a very imaginative read, and the writing was good. It was simple yet set the scene of the story. I really liked the character of Coraline. She seemed so young and innocent yet she was so strong, and confident.

However, there was something missing. I think I was expecting a little too much from this book. I thought it would be a little spookier than it was. Also, I found that the pacing was a little off at times. Some parts of the book felt rushed and other parts felt like they were a little too long.

Overall, this was a nice quick read that was good, but think I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if I had read it when I was younger. I would definitely recommend this to the younger readers out there, and to the older readers I would say it’s good but it does have its flaws, so don’t set high expectations like I did.

I think my younger self would have probably have rated it 4 out of 5. But, as I am reading it as an adult I couldn’t give it more than 3.

I read this for the prompt Fantasy Book for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

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  1. I enjoyed both the movie and book. I can see why Gaiman was disappointed that they added a character that’s male to save Coraline when in the book she saves herself. However….. the book left me craving. I thought it would explain the origin of the Beldam or other stuff but in the end, it was way more vague than in the movie.

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  2. Great review !!! I recently read this book for our book club too and I agree I may have enjoyed it more if I was way younger or maybe I would have been scared.. who knows 😂😂😂
    It was a cool read but I also think I’m not much into Gaiman’s writing style..

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  3. Great review, Mani! I added this one to my physical shelf last year and I’m hoping to finally read it this year! I love Gaiman but his works are usually very odd and I wouldn’t expect anything different from him lol I’m looking forward to giving it a try 🙂

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    • Thanks Dini!!! This was my first book by Gaiman as far as I can remember, but the weirdness hasn’t put me off trying his other books soon, hopefully. 😊


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