Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: "When Steve and I talked about the ideal voice for M, he suggested Holter Graham….because 'Holter’s handling of the Minotaur’s grunt was PERFECT. Exactly what I heard in my head.'"
Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love. "Sherrill also insinuates other mythological beasts - the Hermaphroditus, the Medusa - into the story, suggesting how the Southern landscape is shadowed by these myths. The plot centers around the Minotaur's feelings for Kelly, a waitress who is prone to epileptic fits. Does she reciprocate his affections? As the reader might expect, the course of interspecies love never does run smooth." (Publishers Weekly) Steven Sherrill created the artwork used for the audiobook edition of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.
To hear more from Neil Gaiman on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.
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Really a great example of what a controlled, tight writer can do: imagination meets skill; next thing you know, you are wholly engaged and sympathetic to a minotaur line chef. Amazing. The narrator was excellent. Had a great tone. I'm definintely going back to the Neil Gaiman stuff again.
I recommend this book to anyone willing to listen to me....it's that good.
The Minotaur, I found him to be complex. So many years of existence rolled into one contemporary real life situation.
Again, the Minotaur. The performance was excellent. Very nuanced. I felt as though I could find this character working at one of the restaurants in my small town.
Haven't given it any thought.
My husband and I listened to this book on our trip home, from Nashville, TN to Darlington, MD. It was all so oddly fitting...which to me is a good thing.
This is a very well done production. I think this series was a wonderful idea.
So worthy of an audio version.
Enjoyed this story very much! very detailed and almost picturesque. A sensitive description of the relationship of a modern minotaur and his world around him. Loved it. Read it. Absolutely beautifully written.
Good book on so many levels. It's an interesting world, sympathetic characters, true art, plus great laughs.
How did Holter Graham narrate this tale without bursting out laughing every few seconds. The story was so so for me, although the idea was quite original, but the narration was awesome!!!
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
I really enjoyed the Minotaur. His character was unique and compelling and real. The narrator was perfect for the story. I would highly recommend this book, even to non-scifi readers.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.
Not much of a story, rather pointless. Sorry I listened to it. The best thing about the whole experience was the narrator, he did the best he could with the little he had to work with.
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