Exceptional storytelling, vivid imagery, and wonderfully read by the author himself! I loved every moment and was irritated when interrupted! If you love Neil Gaiman's previous works, you will love this one as well! I will definitely be purchasing a paper copy as well!
I had never read any of Neil Gaiman's work so thought I'd try this; I wasn't disappointed. The story plays on childhood fears that Gaiman easily taps into to carry you away. Before I knew it, I was absorbed in the story, rooting for the characters and wondering what would happen next. The ending was lovely and, in a way, plays on the adult fear of loss--loss of a loved one, lose of memory, lose of one's youth. And, so nice to listen to the author read! I would recommend this book.
Vivid childhood memories, clouded by dense fog are triggered by the main character's return to his childhood home for a funeral. Neil Gaiman managed to construct a fantasy around disturbing childhood occurances that grips the reader with enchantment and wonder seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy. Afterall, we are children in adult bodies, as the writer reminds us. The excellence of this novel lies within it's uniqueness, concise and tight storyline that flows effortlessly, without pause. The author is a wonderful narrator, who gave this listen a highly intimate feel.
Neil Gaiman is a Genius! That's all I can say really. The story is captivating, and ingenious the point of view is something that I would have never even thought of, and to top it off you have the author himself reading it.
Just... meh. I really wanted to like this novel but it's just sort of... meh. I did find myself caring about the young protagonist in this childhood fantasy and it definitely had it's interesting moments, but I found the end unsatisfying and the overall story just... meh.
Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller, and this book is no exception. I almost didn't choose this audiobook, because it was much shorter than I like, but, in retrospect, I found the story much richer than most books twice or three times the size! Thank you, Neil, for another wonderful and heart-opening adventure.