Neil was a terrific reader. It's hard to imagine anyone else reading this book after you've heard him.
This was my first Gaiman book, and it pretty much fulfilled all the expectations I had of dark, bizarre, and beautiful storytelling. That's not to say I was crazy about it, though. Admittedly, I have a hard time digesting fantasy / magical worlds presented to me without a fair amount of background explanation about what makes the world and its magical properties tick. In this case, perhaps that's just a wish that Gaiman told us more about the ocean, the hunger birds, the Hempstocks, and where they all came from.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
You just can't lose with Gaiman. His writing is brilliant both technically and creatively. This is another of his deeply empathetic visions.
This started out like a fanciful tale, the kind I've come to expect from Mr. Gaiman. He shook things up a bit, though, and this seemed a little darker than the books I've read before. Not sure I like it.
I still found his narration very good, well-suited to the characters. I still enjoyed the characters -- the unnamed little protagonist, his friend Lettie and the rest of the Hemstocks. I wish his parents had been given more backbone and common sense. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and am willing to try others by the same author.
This was a very strange story. After listening to the preview, I thought I had a clue about the story content but was I ever wrong. I think the narrator helped me stick with the book until the end. It held my attention for the full 5 hours. If it had lasted any longer, I'm not sure it would have held my interest.
It was a wonderful children's story but with enough adult content not suited to be a child's book. And definitely not interesting or exiting enough to be an adult novel and the ending left me wishing for more because it was so fringed and sad.
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This was absolutely not what I expected... to be honest, I am not quite sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was NOT THIS!
It was like a quirky, trippy, strange dream; almost a nightmare! A strange fantastical adventure through the imagination of a 7 year old that keeps you guessing and is far from predictable!
I think this was the most surprising book I’ve read all year!
I love listening to Neil Gaiman read Neil Gaiman books, and this is no exception. I liked it during, but can't really say it's a favorite now. Worth a listen for a few good bits of creepiness, and a pretty story.
Magical. Poignant. Ephemeral.
I can't really compare this book to any other. If you love Neil Gaiman, you'll love this book.
He needs to read every book he writes, plus a few more. His voice is clear, yet soothing. Performs voices very well. His humor shines through. Wonderful.
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I always like to give a book a good solid chance.
It was not connected to its characters.
The performance was fine.
no. It was not enough of a story.