LMB's beautiful prose shines throughout this fantasy of a 40 year old noblewoman who finds she yet has purpose in life. After years of seeming madness -- the result of being god-touched in her youth -- Ista shakes her cosseting caregivers off and finds a new path for herself. Fans of The Curse of Chalion will meet other secondary characters from the first book. Newcomers can read this as a stand alone -- but will benefit from reading Curse of Chalion too. I like how crusty and un-nice Ista is; yet always a lady and true to the inner good in others. Listeners will enjoy her wry observations about human motivation. On a level of pure plot, have faith, the story begins slow in order for you to appreciate the cost to Ista of change and action.
Read by author Neil Gaiman, Stardust is poetry in prose. It is fairy tale full of literary and historical reference, sly wit and sparring dialog. Parents might want to know there is one short, tenderly described sexual scene at 41 min. This scene could be fast forwarded over for parents who want to share this amazing story with their younger kids.
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