As with all of Neil Gaiman's books I enjoy the confined small, but huge feel to the story. I like the sparse few characters which all have an important role to play. I enjoy the slow learning about the roles and that at the end you still want to know more, but are left wanting.
I would compare it to Graveyard Book also by Neil Gaiman. I would make this comparison because it too has the same small, but important story to tell. It too has the same sparse list of characters that you don't get to know everything about. It too leaves you wanting to know more.
Neil Gaiman unlike many other authors narrating brings a feeling to the books future state that he communicates through inflection that you don't get otherwise and would not get through all, but the most skilled of narrators.
I would take old Mrs. Hempstock to dinner. She being the oldest and wisest of the Hempstock women and seeming to be the most open to discuss honestly the early history of the universe.
I feel you get something extra by having the author read his work to you in this case particularly, This is a fantasy book and only the author can really explain and give the correct inflection to the words as written to make it come to life.
At the same time it feels both small and intimate and large and expansive. What I mean is you get a sense of the larger work Bod is in, but it isn't pushed on you like an epic tale. You know what is happening is important, but you feel like it is just for you.
I have not listened to any of Neil Gaiman's performances before, but this has put the interest for it in me.
I found I could not put it down and since I listen while running I can now run a marathon.
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