Coraline

Coraline

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
"Reading clearly and at a moderate pace, Gaiman will leave teen and adult listeners alike captivated and continuously caught in the suspense."--AudioFile
After moving to a new house, Coraline discovers that there is more to it than meets the eye. While exploring, she comes across a secret door that leads to another reality. However, once on the other side, Coraline uncovers a scheming couple bent on keeping her as their own daughter. Now, Caroline must outsmart her captors before she is stuck on the other side forever.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061660160
Branch Call Number: J UCD FICTION GAIMAN
Characteristics: 3 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 18, 2017

Coraline, like most young girls, gets tired of her parents nagging at her, people pronouncing her name incorrectly, & being ignored by others. And though many children wish they could have "the perfect parents" at some point in their lives, we know that most kids don't get the chance to find out what life would be like if they COULD have that. After moving in to a new flat, Coraline goes exploring to see what this new home has to offer. There is one door that is locked. Or course she decides she NEEDS to find out what's behind that door. It is an identical home to hers, in fact, it IS her home, but in an alternate world. She meets her "other mother" & "other father", both looking exactly like her ACTUAL parents. But these parents don't nag her, their cooking is delicious, & they'll allow her to get the fun clothes that she wants instead of the practical ones that she's had in the past. But are they really "the perfect parents?" Nope. Turns out the "other mother" will do ANYTHING to keep Coraline in this alternate world so that she has somebody to "love." Being the quick-minded, resourceful girl that she is, Coraline quickly discovers that she wants her REAL life much more than this alternate life. But it's not easy getting back home. And this evil lady has taken her REAL parents hostage. Coraline sets off on a mission to free her parents, 3 children she meets, & herself & return everybody back to the real world. Of course she is successful, but there is 1 more hurdle to jump in order to finally put this nightmare behind her. It seems that this ordeal will stick with her for the rest of her life.

This was a quick, easy read & thoroughly enjoyable. A fantastic alternate world, a mission to save the day, & a strong, young heroine that has a heart for others even more than herself --- what's not to love!? This is advertised as a childrens book, but I wouldn't let me 9 year old daughter read this just yet. Although they are presented in a rather light-hearted way, there are some darker, spookier elements throughout the book. Once it's deemed appropriate for any given person, I highly recommend this book.

Age recommendation: 12 & up (a bit spooky/scary for younger readers)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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JessicaTB
Jul 08, 2017

My daughter and I adored this story! Twisted, quirky and absolutely FUN!

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becker
Aug 16, 2015

Wonderfully creepy. I loved Coraline's brave little character. Listening to Gaiman narrate the story himself was the icing on the cake.

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mwhite2034
Feb 18, 2014

My first experience with Neil Gaiman's works. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to check out more of his stuff. Now I want to see the movie. :)

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soominjeon
Sep 10, 2013

just kidding

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

A very simple, easy-to-read story with a much bigger message. Perhaps something a parent will want to read and discuss with a younger child.

samdog123 Apr 01, 2009

A very strange little book. I listened to the cd and the author, Neil Gaiman, was the reader. He does a good job, but the story is freaky and unsettling. Coraline enters an alternate world where she finds another family. Not a favourite of mine, but if you enjoy Roald Dahl, you would enjoy this book.

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 18, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

sairen42 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and under

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maroon_cat_86
Jun 17, 2013

corline moves into the pink palace.
has strange neighbors.
finds strange door.
later it leads her to her other family.
they want her to stay with them.
her parents disappear.
she challenges the other mother. coralin fights and wins.
she sets the kids and her parents free.
they live happily ever after

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 18, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: a bit spooky for younger readers

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maroon_cat_86
Jun 17, 2013

"your not my mother my mother doesn't have b b b"
"buttons do you like them"

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