Author readings aren't always the good ideas they might seem, but Neil Gaiman's velvety voice is a perfect match for this lovely (and occasionally surprising) little fairy tale. Suspend your disbelief for a few hours and relax into the meticulously envisioned village of Wall...and the faerie world that lies beyond. The regular world always seems a little more magical after I've listened to a Gaiman tale. Stardust has made me ever more the steadfast fan. Bravo!
This is one of the few books I've encountered to leave me with a feeling of deep regret as soon as I'd finished it. It's a weird sort of regret, at having been cheated by...well, the universe I suppose. Even while reading it, I just knew I'd missed out on something amazing by reading it at exact the wrong time in my life. Had I been just a little younger, or older, or even maybe had listened in better lighting or between different books or meals, I would have then been able to appreciate it the way I can now see it deserves. That's life though, I guess.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great narration. Really nice to hear the author read their own work. It bring something to the story that you just can't get by reading yourself or hearing somebody else read the book. However, I feel that the movie was a bit of a cleanup of some of the elements in the book that didn't really work. I suppose I'm one of the few that like the movie better (this is a first for me, I never like the movie better). Still, great book.
COO, Six Seconds EQ Network
Loved reading it then years later seeing the movie... But this is truly a delight. Turns out Gaiman is a fab narrator as well as game changing author.
Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.
Sorry, but I didn't really care for the author reading his story. To me, he didn't bring enough flavor to the characters but did a pretty good job otherwise. His narration just fell flat.
Print or the audio book, the ending definitely. I wish the movie kept more of the book's flavor instead of radically changing it up.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I never get tired of this story. So much imagine, heartwarming characters, and superb narration by the author himself. I only wish there were more stories like this and more storytellers like Mr. Gaiman.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A wonderful fairy tale until the authors interview I thought was written in the 1990's. I was very impressed with the authors story telling style way was reminded of Chaucer or T White. Great story classic fairy tale style, and enough plot for an adult.
I've been a fan of Neils' writing since my 1st encounter. I love that he reads his own books on Audible. American God's & Anasi Brothers both used different performers for effect & is beautifully done. I've not been disappointed with any of his books. This book, for those thinking of buying, is probably 70% different than the movie!
I feel legitimately angry simply because the world created is amazingly rich, the writing is incredibly well done, and now I've finished listening to the audio book. i simply didn't want it to be over because it was so darn good.
also, you want this version of the audio book. perk of having the author narrate is hearing his interpretation of the rhythm of the dialog. trust me, it's phenomenal (annoyingly so).
The change from the normal fairy tale prince and princesses
Being the author I fell Neil Gaiman understands the characters better than many readers and brings them to life making it feel as though you are watching a play rather than listening to a book.
Laughed out loud a lot. I love the quirky characters and the way the story plays out. Especially love the ending.