I guess it sometimes take a while to piece the story together in the beginning, but I'm glad I was patient because just as I did the story became interesting.
Another wonderful work by Neil Gaiman and even better since he is reading it. This is my 3rd novel by Gaiman and it drew me in just as much as the last two. This is my first audible book and I think that my next will be another narrated by Gaiman himself. I would highly recommend this book and would even consider listening to it again. :D
I love this book when I read it and I loved it even more when I heard the author read it for me a wonderful fable about childhood believing I'm the things we lose when we grow up
I looked forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint. One of the indicators I use to rate book is if I think on the story after I am finished. This book was one of those stories where I found myself reflecting back on it for a few days, so it made an impression on me.
Some of the other reviewers have placed this in the horror genre, while others place it in the fantasy category. I'm not sure where to place it. Is it a story told about how a child perceived parts of his childhood? Is it about being that really did exist in the story? I guess that's up to each audience.
The story itself is very engaging, but does require a good imagination. I wouldn't recommend this to a die hard non-fiction fan. If you're open minded, enjoy the mystical, and like alternate realities, then this story will appeal to you.
As a final note, the author id a very good job of narrating the work. Often times self narration can be unremarkable, but in this instance the reading complimented the story quite well.
Well worth a credit!
This novel is dreamlike. I liked how it began and finished with the same tone because it felt well-planned and balanced. I listened to it with my fiancé because he will be covering an event that the author speaks at soon. I enjoyed it so much that i think i will buy a copy and get it signed.
Neil Gaiman is a fascinating story teller and a really emotive narrator. You experience the world through a 7-years old's mind and soak in his fear and helplessness. Haunting and hopeful.
Absolutely. The whole premise of creatures and beings more powerful then ourselves is age-old.
The Night Circus came to mind when reading this.
He was a surprisingly good voice actor - I don't normally like the authors reading because they are flat. But Neil had the vocal range I need to hear when listening to a book.
Lettie Hemstock - interesting that she's almost as old as time yet choose an 11 year old girls' physical body... I'd want to know why.
I don't normally read horror and this was my first Neil Gaiman read. Main character reflects back on his childhood, growing up as a six year old in the country. His new nanny is a dark presence that negatively influences those around her and he must seek refuge with a mysterious friendly neighbours. Reflecting back on it the plot wasn't that scarey or original. But it was very well written.
Normally I don't notice an authors use of prose (words) but here they sucked me into the mindset of a child, along with his fears and sorrows. I'll read more Neil Gaiman books because of it.
Mr. Gaiman voice reading only enhanced the atmosphere.