A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This book is clearly well loved by others, as evidenced by its four star rating and the written comments. For me, this book missed the mark. It wound in circles and never went anywhere. When I read that this was meant to be a short story and then got longer, it made sense to me, as much could have been edited out to create a simpler, more cohesive tale. Or, if you consider the comments of other reviewers, I must not have had much of a childhood if this book didn't speak to me.
Yes. I'm sure there is something that I missed the first time. And I love the sound of Neil Gaiman's voice.
Absolutely. Neil Gaiman is a wealth of literary excellence. This title in particular reminds the reader what it was like to be a child. How to imagine again.
While reading this book you can feel the authors emotions and experiences bleeding through.
Neil Gaiman, reading his own work, truly works. The story read aloud allows for him to give the listener the same experience and imagery the author had while writing the novel.
Lettie Hempstock seems like a shining beacon of hope for everyone. She reminded me of what it was to be a child, and to remember the adventures I had gone on with my own friends.
I totally recommend this book, Neil is an amazing narrator, such a pleasure to listen to his book narrated by himself!
The book is a fairy tail for everybody, very deep and insightful.
First off, I have to say this audiobook is the only one if its kind I have ever listened to. Neil Gaiman cannot be compared to any other writer I have yet read. And not only that, he narrates his own work. Amazingly.
This story has left me in an odd state of mind though. He brought forth the whole range of real human emotions throughout the story. At times it made me smile at the quaint and charming moments, like when the boy curled up in the Wee-Willie-Winkie nightdress with the black kitten on his pillow, or enjoyed a meal in the farmhouse kitchen. At other times it had me gasping in disgust/horror, like either of the too vivid scenes in the bathroom. Sometimes I was just left in bewilderment, at the other-worldly events transpiring for which little or no explanation is hazarded. And still other times it had me on the edge of my seat in terror, at the attempts of Ursula to imprison the boy, and at the decent of the Hunger Birds.
And all these, woven masterfully together in a story that transcended time and dimensions - sometimes altering them, along with the concept of reality, right before the eyes... So artful, imaginative, and yet haunting. A unique effect, and an incomparable story.
Fantasy is not my genre. I usually steer clear (preferring historical fiction). But I had listened to the free excerpt of this book when I read a short story by Gaiman nearly a year ago, and it seemed grounded in the real world, so I felt comfortable enough to give it a shot, even knowing the author's proclivity to evoke Lovecraft-esque beings or inexplicable worlds... Now I realize that of course, I had heard just the opening intro to the boy's life, and had not yet gotten to the chewy and bizarre center, as it were... And yet I'm not left feeling too horror-stricken, by the fantastical beings or events, more in awe and still trying to let it sink in... wondering if I will remember it the same, or if the second moon over the back of the house was just a trick of the light. ;)
Because it was not to my usual tastes, and I don't know that I will find myself reading it again, I rated it less than 5-stars, but it was very good, supremely well-written and narrated. Better suited to someone who enjoys this kind of story than myself. But I was more than impressed by the imagery, the portrayal of each character, and the light shed on our ideas of humanity, understanding, and reality.
Treasure of a book. And brought to life so naturally by the author's own voice. I may try more of Gaiman's works, if I find that I'm in the right sort of mood.
Alive, Wonder, Peaceable
The Sandman, or Dresden files. The Sandman because of the images of creations that are just like us but so much more, and yet not. Dresden files for the tickling this book does to my brain as it goads me to, not just imagine, but to believe in it. I guess they both do that to me.
I listened to American Gods and he only did the coming to America parts. I wish he had done the whole thing as I did not like the guy who did most of the reading.
It made me cry, but it made me quite as well. I want so bad for him to write and write and write... possibly tell I can here or read no more. The worlds he has put me in leave me not just longing for more, but actually seeing more in the world around me. Does that make since?
Thank you Neil. Your books fill up my thoughts and dreams. They will for the rest of my life.
Listen To It!
Lettie and the Ocean
Walking through the house going to bed
It's the perfect title, says exactly enough about the subject.
Listening to Neil Gaiman reading his book to me (yes, he was reading it to me, personally) is one of the highs of my experiences with audio books. I had read the book previously but this was a much more intimate, storytelling, feeling of the book - something no-one should miss. I envy Amanda Palmer for having had Neil read it to her first of all.
I read, I write, I paint and enjoy photography. Is there supposed to be more?
This is one of those books that keeps you wondering what in the world is going on here, and yet you understand it on a level you can't quite put into words. I found that going back and forth between the book and the audio was disruptive in a world created from the ground up by the author, so I stuck with the book for most of the time. It goes by rather rapidly, but the strangeness that is more than real has stuck for a very long time.
one of the better books I've listened to for my book club. Thoroughly enjoyable, couldn't wait until the end
Delightful fantasy story with many unexpected twists.
Neil's performance was spot on.
Lettie Hemstock, as the heroine at the end of the story, I'd like to find out if she approved of the narrator's life. Was he worth saving?
Listen to book in one sitting driving back home from Philly. Very fun and creepy story.
First time listen to Neil Galman. Really enjoyed the book!