Listening to Neil Gaiman read his book, Coraline, is a delight. And what a strange and enjoyable tale it is! It’s got suspense, humor, imagination, kindness, and at times it’s downright scary–a delightful mixture that keeps you sitting on the edge of your chair listening to every word. It is considered a book for young people, but adults will love it just as much. Gaiman is a gifted storyteller, not only in writing but also as a narrator.
Coraline lives with her very busy work-at-home parents in a large home shared with three other eccentric adults. She’s bored and has a week left of summer vacation before school begins again. Feeling very lonely, she pesters her folks until she is told to ‘go explore the house’–find the water heater, count all things blue, count the doors, etc. So she takes her notepad and goes exploring. She counts 14 doors in all, and when she opens one of those doors, she finds a brick wall. It’s on the other side of that wall, in a flat eerily like her own, that the story gets chilling…and fun!