I would recommend this book to anyone who remembers being afraid of things under the bed. It is a wonderful work of magical realism.
I like the way Gaiman exposes the powerlessness children feel and the hidden world children carry with them through the foreign confusing adult world. Reading this I was reminded of my younger self.
Emotive, un-put-down-able, thought-provoking
Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, brilliant portrayal of childhood innocence, feelings, emotions. However while Mark Twain is more jovial, light reading (something a child would enjoy), Gaiman is for the young adult/adult. Much more emotional, scary and serious, more thought-provoking.
Extremely emotive voice which paints a much more vivid picture than just reading the text. Makes you feel like you are in the mind of the little boy who is the narrator in the story, the pacing of narration, inflection of tone etc. lend much more credibility than reading the words on a page would have.
Moments where the boy is feeling scared and afraid, you can feel the fear in Gaiman's voice, and the suspense is brilliant.
One of my all time favourites, brilliant in a 'opened up a whole new world' kind of way.
My first Gaiman novel, this has definitely inspired me to read/hear all his works.
The first audiobook I completed. Until I started this I preferred reading, audiobooks felt stilted,as if the narration was limiting my interpretation of the words, but with Gaiman, it feels like he is augmenting the words with feelings and emotions that can only be captured in speech.
Definitely has encouraged me to try more audio-books, though I still found most other narrators annoying.
It's both superficial and deep, mature and immature, touching and yet light-hearted. Fantastic book and a fantastic listen.
Yes! It was a great story and the author's narration gave it the perfect pace and intonation. It's just the right length for a cross country plane ride or a trans-atlantic one.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I liked the beginning of the book - but it seemed to get too complicated. I lost interest about mid-way through.
This is such a captivating story and read in such a story telling manner. A modern myth for modern times. I didn't want it to end. These are characters so vivid and real you feel like you know them with such a great story I couldn't wait until it was time to listen again and so disappointed when it was over because it was over.
Lettie Hempstead was my favorite character. Just so matter of fact and full of positive energy.
I would have read it with a different cadence than the reader. Listening to the story this way made it so much more like a bedtime story for grownups.
Avid audible listener!
In the vein of the original Grimm's fairy tales, Neil Gaiman brings us a story of terror, tears, and wonder.
Neil Gaiman's imagination is superb. I absolutely loved this book and Neil Gaiman's reading of it, because then you know exactly what he was thinking and wanted to be presented by the story and his choice of words.
My two favourite lines of the book...
"Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside"
"If I looked inward I would see only infinite mirrors staring into myself for eternity"
Absolutely. Already have. His characters are beautifully drawn. The story is magical but familiar. And Gaiman is brilliant at describing physical sensations, both good and bad.
The moment when the narrator is brought into Old Mrs. Hemstock's kitchen after he finally escapes from Ursula Monkton.
As always, Gaiman captures his characters' emotion and tension. His voice is beautifully rich and resonant, and his pacing is perfect, just what one wants in a storyteller.
Hmm. So many good characters. Old Mrs. Hemstock made me laugh, but the narrator is endearing; he is a 7-year-old boy, and feels like one, but he also has a path, and issues that will shape the adult.
For me, books read by the author capture the true spirit of the original work and this book is no exception. This starts as a seemingly simple story, but quickly evolves into much more. The author's vivid descriptions of characters and settings and the passion he put into the narration made this one of my favorites.
I would recommend this to everyone. It's entertaining and fun.
The first time that the boy comes out from the girls ocean.
The young girl
This film will make you feel happy.