Excellent, out of left-field thoughts connected to traditional folk stories wound up with whimsy and a chill of creepiness...so cool and engaging.
Modern-day Poe with a more laid-back attitude.
In short, this is another great installment from Neil Gaiman. Some of the stories blew me over (A Study In Emerald) and others were forgettable. But the entire time, I was lost in the world of Neil Gaiman's imagination (which has no competition). This story collection is worth picking up just for the American Gods story featuring Shadow.
The breadth of Gaiman's imagination and writing talent are staggering. A couple of bothersome things were the extremely long introduction that I was forced to listen to in the audio edition. I wasn't very interested in the background of the stories, especially such lengthy explanations. The collection of stories was so varied - I ended up wishing I could give the book to my young grandson, but while some of the stories would have been perfect for him, many were totally inappropriate. These are vary small criticisms indeed compared to the generosity of the author's spirit and his love of writing. Please keep giving us more and more, Mr. Gaiman. I'm a total fan!
Brilliant work! I have listened several times and hear something new each time. Not just scraps of dialog I missed, or a scene in a story, though there are those things that are new. I develop an ever more complex understanding of the story, as if getting the frame set up in the first listen. Then with each subsequent hearing, adding color and texture to the story.
There are too many characters to choose...
I enjoy listening to him describe what he as a writer experienced during the creation of a particular story
No and Yes. I had to listen to the whole audio a couple times--the introduction, where the author explains where a story came from was longer than I wanted to listen to, so I skipped the 2nd half of it and went to the first story. All well and good...but...I don't know I was disenchanted and listened to some other audio for a few days. I came back to where I'd left off in Fragile Things and was captivated and wanted to know where he'd gotten the idea for this story and didn't it bother his wife the way he wrote that story...I went back to the beginning of the introduction and started all over.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
There were several of the stories that I really liked and several that I really did not like. I also think it is harder to listen to shorter stories. Just when I got into it the story was over.
Really loved American Gods. Wanted more. Could not get through the first half of the book. Gave up on it sorry to say. You might have more luck then me....
One of the worst audible books I've downloaded so far. First chapter we get to hear Neil go on and on about "rediscovering" a short story he wrote when he was starting his writing career. Save your money.