This story recounts the experience of a seven year-old boy who encounters beings from a parallel world and the magic of the Hempstock women who are able to hold the universe in order. Or, it is an example of magical thinking as a little boy tries to cope with his father's affair with the baby sitter. Or, a lonely little boy who reads too many books tries to understand when life changes as you grow. Or, it is just a trick of memory, since as Old Mrs. Hempstock reminds no two people remember the same way. Especially from the unreliable perspective of adults.
Great story. Well narrated.
Somewhere on Audible is a commentary by Mr Gaiman in which he describes how much he enjoys listening to authors reading their own works. The listener hears the things the author thought were important. The words spoken have a different power and magic from the words on the page. I am very particular about which narrators I listen to because they can add or detract from the text so profoundly. Here we have the best of the best. The story is wonderful and not at all like anything else I have ever read and to hear it read to me by the author himself adds another layer of intense wonder. It is completely transcendent, iridescent, unique and precious.
YES, and I already have before finishing the book. The writing, the story - it's gripping, yet breathtaking.
Our little hero, addressed only once in the book by nickname his father had given him, "Handsome George". His innocence and bravery (though he did not think of himself as brave) were endearing.
I don't know that I can possibly pick one favorite - the book contains many, many favorite scenes. But I think that at the end of the book, when it all came together and we were told certain things, I felt relief.
Lettie. Her strength and kindness were beautifully written about in this story.
My library consists of around 350 Audible books. I rarely leave reviews. This one I knew that I had to write as quickly as possible upon completion.
Neil Gaiman is the author of many of my favorites. But this one has launched itself to the top of my favorite of favorites. "Adult Fairy Tale" is a perfect description. The careful attention to detail. The story is told through a child's eyes, yet not condescending in any way. The richness of characters, the scenery, the feelings, everything - it's like being submerged into the story as much as one possibly can be. It certainly doesn't hurt that the author has a beautiful storytelling voice, and you can sense the love and passion that he feels for his creation.
Simply beautiful. I'd like to thank Mr. Gaiman for ending it as he did. The obvious questions one would have, were wrapped up perfectly - for my taste, anyway.
I've adored every Neil Gaiman book I've ever gotten my paws on. But to hear the book in his own tongue is nothing short of phenomenal.
His diction and cadence is perfect. He has a way of pulling you in so everything else fades.
This story line was one I have never heard and it was beautiful, heart wrenching and twisted. All in all I loved it, and you, if you have half a mind, will love it too.
The narration was soothing. The voice, friendly familiar. The story, one of Neil's more demanding texts. At times joyous, at others, surprisingly frightening. All the while whole heartedly enjoyable. Thanks!
David Halvorsen, Norway
Loved this book. Have read Neil's Sandman comics but this is my first novel. Without giving too much of the book away, this novel reminds you of your childhood memories if they we're real, a dream or an exaggerated imagination. Neil's narration is perfect in pace and emotion.