Tell the story
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is enchanting, yet frightening. A story of innocence, good and evil people, and the world I believe we can each "almost" remember from our childhoods. I have found that it is rare for a reading by the author to be top-notch, but this narration is perfect. I was swept away!
The curiosity of what might eventually come... but it never did before I gave up listening.
Yes, Authors are often not the best readers
curiosity... on what the point was... eventually going to be.
I have waaaaay too may books unlistened to, to spend a lot of time on books that lose me. I'll give it a few hours... and then I move on. The reader just lost me and thus the story began to lose me , so I moved on. I think it was being told from a child's memories and perspective. I never got through it to figure out how this all tied in to the man recollecting his childhood. I listen to a lot of British tales, difficult for some, are usually quite enjoyable. Maybe one day I'll finish it, but this is not that day... month...year..
Not at all what I expected.
I was pleasantly surprised at how this story made my imagination soar. It brought back childhood memories of the BFG and The Witches, but with adult concepts that required a bit of imagination to enjoy. I loved it. The author is also the narrator. He did such a brilliant job that at the end of the story it made me want it all to be true. Who knows?
The narration was enjoyable and easy to listen to.
The intonation, the rhythm, the ability to engross the senses with his descriptions
One of those books I needed to savor for a few days after completing before starting another one. Rare indeed!
This was s total wast of listening time. If I read this book 10 times I would never understand it. I felt like I needed to be on a hallucinogen or LSD to even begin an understanding. Even worse I think the author was out there. Do not recommend at all!
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite story tellers. This shorter novel of his is very imaginative and diving into the differences of childhood to adulthood centered after the death of the main character's father and his recollection of the place he finds himself after trying to get away from it all. Very descriptive and it was wonderful having him narrate it.
Once again Mr. Gaimen has created a fantastic yet believable world. He's taken us into a place that could possibly be if you believed hard enough.
I grew up listening to books on tape during road trips with my family. My boyfriend did not. He was wary of my request to try an audibook on our recent, very long drive around the eastern U.S. I knew I needed something good, but that he could follow easily while he drove. This was perfect. We both loved it and Boyfriend not only kept getting excited to get back into the car to continue listening to this book, but asked me to select a second book for the remainder of our road trip.
Specifically why we enjoyed this audiobook:
Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator. He delivered the characters by changing his voice just enough that it added to who the character was and made it easy to follow the pronouns.
The story was touching and accessible as much as it was exciting and well-written. The little boy's view of his world as a child reminded me so much of what it felt like to be a kid. Neil Gaiman did an astounding job of reminding us what childhood feels like and connected that immensely frustrating feeling succinctly to how we still feel so exposed and lost sometimes as adults. The book, like adulthood and real life, does not contain every answer. It is full of beautiful ideas and lessons though.