I believe Neverwhere was the first Neil Gaiman I knowingly read. I'm almost certain I'd read his work before, but this was the first I selected as a standalone book.
I have to say that the author reading his own work makes for a great listen. The accents and inflections the American reader wouldn't have applied are all here in their intended glory.
I would definitely recommend this and any other Neil Gaiman audiobook.
The book itself is a dark telling of the secret lives gone unnoticed in the "real world," a concept that is challenged in a new and fantastic way. Even if you don't listen to the audiobook first, I still recommend reading this the good old-fashioned way.
I have been reading Neil Gaiman's work for a few years now, and I feel like I've been through the wringer at his hands. When I first listened to him reading one of his own works, I was thrilled. I assume he reads his works as he imagined them when he wrote them, and listening is a quick way for the fans to satisfy a little hero-worship.
His performance is usually much like you might remember storytellers from your childhood - creepy in the right bits, childlike in others...
This essay has been up on his website for a while now and has been visited once every few months by me in that time. I was very happy to find this and would recommend it to those of you already familiar with his work.
When I first read Stranger in a Strange Land, I needed a few days to absorb it and figure out where it stood in my "favorites" list. It's one of the few books that has actually influenced my life on a noticeable scale, and as such, I wasn't sure I would allow myself to enjoy the audiobook. If I have previously read a book and loved it, I'm a lot more critical of the choice of the narrator when it's read or dramatized.
I have also listened to a number of audiobooks and have developed an attachment to certain narrators (Stephen Briggs' Discworld narrations over other Discworld narrators, for example) and am a bit of a "quality" snob.
In my opinion, this is a very well done audiobook. The quality is somewhat gruff, but I insist this fits the book. The narrator's performance of beloved characters is stellar and I would definitely recommend it, with the caveat that you should give it a few minutes to adjust, if you're used to crisp and clean audio quality.
The fight to capture a murderer in Ankh-Morpork suddenly takes a strange, sudden turn into the city's dark past. Terry Pratchett takes a creative, gripping and (as always) funny spin on the travel-back-in-time plot so frequently found in sci-fi/fantasy and makes it thoroughly "Discworld." This is a personal favourite, with both the Watch and the History Monks. Definitely recommended!
It's time for the Hogfather to visit good little girls and boys with gifts. Like everything, there's a darker story to be told and this one involves the Auditors of reality, Death, the Oh God of Hangovers and the Verruca gnome.
As usual, Terry Pratchett has woven a colorful and hilarious story with the dark that exists in all our myths. This is a great story and highly recommended!
As usual, this Discworld book is wonderfully done. Stephen Briggs uses a number of accents that convey cultural meaning in this world as well as they might in the Discworld. He also chooses voices that are spot-on the characters as I imagined when I was reading the book. Detritus sounds like I think a troll might, whereas in previous audiobooks he might sound like an enthusiastic Scotsman.
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