Neil Gaiman is a master of short fiction! This is a fine collection of stories that range from the terrifying to the comic, sometimes masterfully blending both. I think the introductory material, in which he discusses the genesis of the stories, runs on a bit, but the stories are worth the wait and the price.
This version of Mallory's work does a great job of retaining the feel and flavor of the original. Having said this, the modern listener will find the grammar and vocabulary a bit formal or obscure. It took me two listens to feel I had developed an ear for the voice and style of the narrator.
As a professor of literature, I usually eschew audio versions of books for the printed text. However, I have to confess that I found this version and reading to be absolutely captivating. Many nuances in the text are evoked, and a vividness in the tale persists long after the audio is over. Highly recommended!
As an "amateur cosmologist" my understanding of the nature of the universe stopped at the doors of string theory. Without a rigorous mathematical background (I'm a literature professor by trade), I could not make the leap into this realm of physics. However, Brian Greene's explanation turned on the proverbial light bulb above my head. Dense subject matter is conveyed in very graspable images and analogies, and his enthusiasm for what may be revealed in the coming decades in cosmological research is contagious. (Now...if I could just get my mind around Calabi-Yau space, I'll have it!)
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