AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Click-Clack the Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman

Date(s) read: October 26, 2012
Genre: YA Horror

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Audiobook Notes 
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Running time: 12 minutes

“Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, free through October 31. It’s not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at

A few words from Neil: “Why tell ghost stories? Why read them or listen to them? Why take such pleasure in tales that have no purpose but, comfortably, to scare?

“I don’t know. Not really. It goes way back. We have ghost stories from ancient Egypt, after all, ghost stories in the Bible, classical ghost stories from Rome (along with werewolves, cases of demonic possession, and of course, over and over, witches). We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable, about the state of being alive. Happy Halloween!”

“‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?'”

So begins this subtle, witty, deceptive little tale from master storyteller Neil Gaiman. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

My Thoughts
Can I just get one big HOORAY! for Neil Gaiman?

There are certain authors whose blogs I follow in my Reader and Neil’s is one of them. From the instant I read Stardust WAY back in the day, I fell in love with his writing. SO, when he blogged that he would be releasing a FREE short story in honor of his All Hallow’s Read event, I jumped and immediately downloaded it.

If you’re a Neil Gaiman fan – or a fan of scary stories – you will NOT be disappointed.

The great thing about this audiobook is that Neil narrates it. He has the most perfect voice for his stories and it was such a treat to have such a wonderful story to listen to at Halloween. There aren’t a lot of characters in the story, but the ones we do meet are charming and haunting. I loved the whole idea of the ‘click-clacks’ and the ending – the ENDING! – was absolutely perfect.

Like Neil says at the beginning of the story, listen to this in the dark. It’s very short, but super spooky.


Read More of My Neil Gaiman Reviews
Gaiman, Neil – Coraline
Gaiman, Neil – Odd and the Frost Giants (non-blog review)
Gaiman, Neil & Russell, P. Craig – Coraline (Graphic Novel)
Gaiman, Neil – Graveyard Book, The
Gaiman, Neil – Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, Book #1)
Gaiman, Neil – Dolls House, The (The Sandman, Book #2)
Gaiman, Neil – Dream Country (The Sandman, Book #3)
Gaiman, Neil – The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch
Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dean – Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The
Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dean – Wolves in the Walls, The

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