This is a cute enough story, but it's nothing I'd read again. The characters are likeable enough, but the love story is sort of skimmed over- and since it's a fairy tale it's mostly a love story- and why characters act a certian way is sometimes unclear. There's no mystery to what I think is intended to leave at least some surprise for the end, but it is a cute story. Gaiman has a wonderful way with words and can tell even a so so story well. It may be worth a read, but if you're the kind of person who really only wants books you'll want to read over and over, I'd pass on this one and read his American Gods instead.
This is advertised as a kids audiobook. It has sexual content that I would not want a child under 16 to hear.
A tale of fae and fantasy that awakens the child in us while reminding us why fairy tales are told to adults as often as children.
Also, read by the author, who has an exquisite narration style and who presents his own works in a way only the author can. If every Gaiman book could be read by the author, I'd buy them all... even faster than I am now.
Lovely story (okay, sometimes a bit ...bloody), excellent narration, and a very informative interview with the author at the end - don't miss that. I. Loved. It.
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm have an undertone of lust, violence, ambition, altruism, or greed or some combination of all of the above. Neil Gaiman picks up those story elements and spins them into a delightful 21st century variation on the classic themes. Suspend disbelief the moment you start this book, and you will be transported into that magical fairy tale land where you may find that part of you still lives.
I found this audio book very refreshing. It is an endearing tale that captured my full attention... the story is different from his usual books but a really enjoyable listen for any Neil fan.
If you like Gaiman's work you'll love this. If you are a fan of the classic tales of fairie, this is recommended. Basically a gentle fairy tale. While there is blood shed, the violence is neither the purpose nor crux of the story. A beguiling read and the author does an excellent job of reading.
I loved it. I saw the movie first and then listened to the novel. I loved both. The story telling is not deep, but I find it on the whole a work of art well worth your time.
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.