Neil Gaiman sure knows how to tell a story! His worlds are always fantastic, and this one is no different.
The thing I liked least--I had no idea this was a fairy tale for adults. I was so confused when there were a couple of sex scenes. The scenes were vital to the story, but if the story is for adults, make it clear that it's for adults. As it stands, this is a children's story with a couple of sex scenes and very very light cursing.
All of the characters are so wonderful. Some of them where a little under developed. This book could have easily been another 5 chapters longer.
Neil Gaiman has the best voice ever! He is energetic--but not over the top. I could listen to him read barcodes.
No. No follow-up book necessary. It ties up rather neatly at the end.
Say something about yourself!
Unfortunately, I would prefer a different narrator. Gaiman is an amazing writer and he has a good voice, but strangely I did not care for his narration. Sad :(
Neil Gaiman's writing is of such high caliber, that for me, he is a class unto himself. His worlds are wildly creative, unpredictable, yet always anchored in honest emotion. I go back to Stardust time and again as a bedtime story. He narrates this one himself and he is SUPERB here!
didnt read it
Liked the storyline
He is the best
Both I really liked the humor
This was my second book by this author liked both very much
The story had a really creative flow and kept me interested. I enjoyed Neil's Narration style and character voices. I read this on a drive down to LA and it was just perfect for my trip. Easy to follow as an Audio Book too. Sometimes when I listen to books I get lost if there are too many characters with similar names but this one was great.
yes, usually you like the book better than the movie but in this case i would say it is the opposite. seems if the movie took a lot and added to improve a semi dull experience.
a few voices that bring some characters to life
Yes, it was well paced but easy to listen to because if you missed a bit you didn't lose track of the story.
Yes, we were on a road trip.
Defining the genre
The reveal of what the "fallen star" actually was.
Something about his tone and cadence makes him easy to listen to and pay attention to for long periods of time. Other authors that read tend to fall into a rut where you sometimes realize you haven't been listening for the last half chapter because your mind has wandered elsewhere.
No, perhaps three or four sittings. It had a few good stopping points. Aside from those, however, it was hard to "put down".
I read this for two reasons: One, I've enjoyed everything I've read from Neil Gaiman, from adult novels to the children's books I've read to my kids. Stardust being one of the books that really helped put Gaiman on the map (or so I understand), I couldn't go any longer without reading it. Two, Patrick Rothfuss mentioned in an interview that he used to carry copies of Stardust with him and give them to people that told him they didn't like to read fantasy, or just have never tried.
I now have this wonderfully hilarious picture in my mind of Patrick Rothfuss going on these missionary trips to areas lacking in cultural depth or variety, and handing out copies of Stardust like bibles.
Stardust was a fun fairy tale for adults. Definitely worth a read (or listen, in this case).
I particularly love the moment at which they meet Tristran's mother.
The characters are memorable, particularly voiced by Gaiman. It's like getting to hear how he thought of them in his head as he wrote.
Neil Gaiman's adult fairy tale is only made more phenomenal by his fantastic narration! He truly is not only an amazing story writer but has found a second niche as a story teller! I loved it and I know you will too.
Ditchwater Sal and the curse "You shall not see the star; you shall not touch it, taste, nor hear it..."