Although short and a fantasty (which I usually do not like), this fairy tale and its wonderful narration nearly brough tears to my eyes from its sheer beauty. ENCHANTING. Probably one of my top 10 books I have everly listened to out of over 400 (member since 1997 - with the original Audible player to prove it).
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Another good story made better by the excellent performance by author Neil Gaiman. Stardust is similar in theme to Gaiman's Neverwhere - an engaging hero on a journey through an unfamiliar land accompanied reluctantly by an exotic heroine fleeing a dangerous villian(ess). While less dark and grungy than Neverwhere, the atmosphere is just as deadly dangerous. As other reviewers have emphasized, this is not a child's fairy tale. But it is a good story and an excellent listen.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Like others, I did not realize NG had written the movie by the same name. I loved the movie as much as the book. For me, neither gets any better in its respective medium. This is not a book about violence or sex.
As far as appropriateness for children, there is far more violence on the nightly news. There is hardly any sex, certainly nothing gratuitous, in this book. There are a couple of "touching," beautiful and quite appropriate scenes where two characters share an intimate moment that would have lasted less than a page in the entirety of the physical book. I believe this is a book that would appeal to and be quite appropriate for the innocence in all of us.
It is just another example of the writing and narrative genius that is Neil Gaiman.
I never thought I would like Neil Gaiman, but tried this on a lark and I really enjoyed it. I particularly loved his narration - vibrant and full of expression and life. The story was fun and, like most fairy tales, you knew how it was going to end, but that didn't spoil the fun of getting there. This is a great listen for people who just want a story to carry them off - not too deep, not too fluffy. But a warning - this is a fairy tale for adults. For some reason, the audio begins and ends with a little kid saying, "This is Audible Kids." I wouldn't want anyone under 15 or 16 to listen or read this - some fairly graphic sex in chapter one and some pretty graphic violence throughout.
I purchased the audio book after seeing the Stardust movie. Although the movie storyline is quite different from the book, I enjoyed both versions tremendously. In addition, I really enjoyed the author's narration. This is a very charming story and so easy to listen to.
I loved this story! It was enchanting, amusing, and kept me entertained from the first word to the last. The narrator, who just happens to be the author as well, is a treat to listen to. However, like all Neil Gaiman stories that don't specifically say 'For Children', this would not be suitable for the 'younger set'. There's a lot of violence, some sex and a some adult language. If that doesn't bother you, I strongly recommend this story. If it does, you could try 'Coraline' or 'The Neil Gaman Audio Collection', both of which are also narrated by the author, or 'Mirrormask'.
This was an absolutely amazing book, a terrific read, and I love that it was narrated by Neil Gaimen himself. However, I have to agree that it is absolutely NOT a kid's book. The sex is a little too graphic for that. Not "dirty", but not for children.
As soon as I finished I started over and listened to the whole story again! I've never done that before. Mr. Gaiman's writing style is beautifully descriptive and poetic, and his narration is a treat as well. I was truly delighted!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
Let me start by saying that Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I've been working my way through his catalog ever since I read American Gods a couple of years ago.
Although Stardust will not go down as my favorite of Gaiman's works--that honor still probably goes to American Gods--I still enjoyed it thoroughly. Neil Gaiman has a way of telling stories that really appeals to me. He has a way of capturing magic and making it seem like the most natural thing.
He can also take well-used themes and retell them in unique and delightful ways. And that's what Gaiman did with Stardust. Stardust is a fairytale complete with unlikely heroes, damsels in distress, and wicked witches, and, despite all that, it's still a very charming story.