From A to Z, this book was strange. You want to make sense of it all, and that's what keeps you going to the end. The whole experience is like a complex, vivid and pleasant dream, after which you wake up and have a good feeling.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
Oh geez, I just love Neil Gaiman's books. And, though I've said it many times before, he is such a great narrator!
This book is a perfect blend of fantasy from a child's point of view, told by a sort of morose, introspective adult. The dark elements of the story are tempered by a lighthearted innocence that just wrenched my heart a little bit.
Definitely enjoyed this one.
eccentric, imaginative and perplexing. i loved the book! it did leave me with many questions unanswered. i understand that its all about embracing imagination but i still would have loved to go more into the lives and histories of the characters.
the inventiveness of the hempstock family.
i loved old mrs hempstock.
i loved it! being a fairly short book ill recommend it to anyone looking to escape the mundane.
This story has an interesting mix of magic and fantasy, but is really about friendship. The author narrates and does a superb job. It gets off to a slightly slow start, but within the first hour I was entranced and listened to it all the way through in about 2 days. If you are mildly intrigued by the publishers description and not quite sure .... go for it. This book is a real pleasure and ends in a very satisfying way
I love everything Neil Gaiman has written (at least the adult books plus The Graveyard Book - haven't tried the younger stuff yet, but I will) and it's infinitely wonderful to hear him read them himself. I think he's one of those authors that, once you know him you will buy and read (listen to - whatever) everything of his that you can - his imagination is so much broader than mine, soooo good...
This book has just enough fantasy. That blending of the real world and a world just beyond ours. It sucks you in, right away and you care about Gaiman's stand-in through a series of unfortunate events.
The girls at the end of the lane are full of mysteries, and you will wait for them to reenter the story every time they leave it.
Neil's voices bring the characters to life.
Old Mrs. Hempstock has some stories to tell, but of course she wouldn't actually tell them
i simply couldnt put it down!... i usually listen while driving, but the story was so facinating that i took to work, and passed the whole day listening to it!... i red Coraline before a few years ago, and althought i find a few similarities with this book its a wonderful adventure, kinda cried with the first chapters and was literaly on the edge of my seat with the rest!...
i had to listen to it again just to see what i was missing the first time... Neil Gaiman narration is amazing, a true and modern story teller!.. i will defenetly buy this as a gift!
no, first time and i love it! couldnt stop tweeting about it!
yes.. but wont tell!.. you need to listen to it!
Like a fine bottle of wine, this book is simple while complex. Fun while addictive. Joyful at the same time being squinted-eyes scary. Not to be read or drank all at once; rather set for a while and remembered fondly so that it begs you back for more. Neil Gaiman performs wonderfully with both his pen and his voice at presenting a door to a dream; or rather a fantasy that many around the world have been taught for centuries.
I don't know what I was expecting after reading the glowing views, but this wasn't it. So many directions this book could have gone after the first few chapters and can't imagine in going in a less satisfying way. Felt that the author was able to do a good job in the reading, adding emphasis and drama where it needed to be. Dark and disturbing; not my cup of tea.
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I have loved a number of other books by Gaiman (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Graveyard Book), but I thought this one fell flat. The plot isn't very compelling and doesn't move along like his others and I was not really invested in the characters. I think this would have worked better as a short story and it feels stretched as a novel.