What a wonderful story! The first few chapters were a little difficult for me, Whether because of my head or the reading or the store itself I don't know. but before I knew it I was hooked. So much of this story took me back to my own childhood, and remembering how things seemed to me, and I was lifted up and transported into a place where there was magic, fear, the kind of injustice children experience all the time from adults, and a deep and rare friendship I found myself envying. This is one of those stories I I may buy for the pleasure of reading to myself later and knowing it is sitting on my bookshelf for when I'm ready.
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Neil Gaiman does a fantastic job of portraying both young and old, male or female. He also has a wonderful accent that makes it enjoyable to listen to. Since he is the author, he truly gets how to read the emotions and quotes by the characters.
I loved the women in this story, they are all very strong and independent. I would love to have a long conversation (or several) with the old woman of the house. She is mysterious, "older than the moon" and seems to have magical powers she passes on to her daughter and granddaughter.
An imaginative escape from every-day life, I found this book to be like a childhood fairytale, but meant for any age. There are monsters, magic, and child heroes. I enjoyed getting pulled into the eyes of my inner child.
Not sure how I feel about this story. I enjoyed it mostly but found it quite odd overall. Not sure I really "got it" even by the end. I really enjoyed the narration.
This is perhaps the most incredible with of literature I have ever had the pleasure of being exposed to. Neil reads this masterpiece wonderfully with exquisite emotion and endless mystery. Once I've let the doorway this book has created in my mind close, I can almost guarantee I'll be back to swim in the ocean once more.
An enchanting story, that softly but securely pulled me in. The cadence of the narrator's voice (who is also the author) was amazing and perfect. A wonderful experience.
This is not one of those grand stories like Dune or The Lord of the Rings. This is the kind of story that has keeps you curious the whole way through about where the story is going. It also reminds me of a question Stephen King has asked about whether or not the telling of the story is enough or whether it really has to be about something or have an answer at the end. This is a book in which the telling of the story is enough. It is a fairy tale. It is about life. Full of wonder and imagination. Well developed characters that you bond with.
I picked this book because I wanted something shorter to read between heavy books. It was perfect. A balance of light and heavy without a load of sequels.
This was my first Neil Gaiman and I get why he is a phenomenon. He is also an excellent narrator. My opinion is that a book should be narrated by the author or a single, very talented, professional narrator. Mr. Gaiman's narration is a wonderful example in support of my argument.