This was a great story; it could have been an epic. I would have rated it higher except I wish it had been longer... too much was glossed over. However, it was still enjoyable and I would recommend it.
This is an adult tale. I was really shocked to hear a fairly detailed sex scene in the first 15 minutes of the book. What is shocking is this is considered a audible kids title. There should be warnings of inappropriate content for children by audible on titles targeted at kids. I would not have my kids listen or read this book.
Neil Gaiman does a fabulous job reading his novel. He gives each character life with the changes in his voice. He is very pleasant to listen to for hours. You will not be bored or dissapointed.
If something reasonable and interesting would have happened. At times this seemed like a book for 5 year olds, so many "silly" things happening, then there would be this strange explicit sex scene. Very strange.
The fault in our stars.....which is what I thought this was.
None,...even the romance was boring.
The girl he goes on a quest for. I didn't finish the book, but if the author was trying create any type of romance or chemistry he failed.
Great total package
I loved the way the world of faery and the
My favorite character? All of them--he wrote the book, so he knows the characters inside out.
I love Neil Gaiman. I love his narrating. I love this book!!!
But this book should NOT be listed in the children's section. It says "Audible for Kids" at the beginning of the audio. However, the sex scene in the first hour of the book is extremely detailed and inappropriate for children (honestly, I wouldn't even want my teens listening to this!). Parents: this is young ADULT fiction. Its NOT for kids. While its true that this is fairytale, it is one for adults. This is the excerpt from the book:
"His hand felt her small breasts through the silk of her dress, touched the hard nubs of her nipples. She clung to him hard as if she were drowning, fumbling with his shirt, with his britches. She was so small, he was scared he would hurt her and break her. He did not. She wriggled and writhed beneath him, gasping and kicking and guiding him with her hand. She placed a hundred burning kisses on his face and chest. And then she was above him, straddling him, gasping and laughing, sweating and slippery as a minnow, and he was arching and pushing and exulting, his head full of her and only her, and had he known her name, he would have called it aloud. At the end he would have pulled out, but she held him inside her, wrapped her legs around him, pushed against him so hard that he felt the two of them occupied the same space in the universe, as if for one powerful, engulfing moment they were the same person, giving and receiving as the stars faded in the predawn sky."
I am surprised this book is listed in Audible Kids. Definately not for children. Most of the time I find that the book is better than the movie, but in this case I enjoyed the movie more. Also, the movie is ok for children unlike the book. The movie seemed to flow a little better and the characters were more exciting. I did find the book entertaining and Neil's narration was great as always.
This was a good book with a bonus interview of the author at the end. However, in the author's words, this is a "fairy tale for adults". There are a few sections that are not appropriate for children and it should not be classified as a children's book. Other than an overly descriptive sex scene, it was a good listen.