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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel Audiobook

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2000 Steven Sherrill (P)2011 John F. Blair Publisher

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    Robert Dublin, OH, United States 05-22-12
    Robert Dublin, OH, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, somewhat repetitive"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Sherrill? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I listened to the audio on the way to and from work and enjoyed it. Some parts were repetitive. There were multiple instances where his horns were getting caught etc. It was an interesting story though and generally kept my attention


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Mr Sweeney, the character reminded me of some real people I know.


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    R. Wright 05-14-12
    R. Wright 05-14-12
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    "A fun book with a great narration"
    What did you love best about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    The setting of the book was implausible, with a horned minotaur fitting right into the country scene. Couldn't stop laughing as he stumbled his way through many situations


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic narration makes the audio stand apart


    Any additional comments?

    An easy and fun listen.

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    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 05-05-12
    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 05-05-12
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    "This book is a true gem"

    The title of this book enticed me, and it was listed as a book recommended by Neil Gaiman, (one of my favorite authors), so I decided to give it a listen. It is an excellent book that I highly recommend. It is funny, and sad, and very refreshing all at the same time. Holter Graham does an excellent job reading the story. Get this book. It should be in everyone's library.

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    Janice Budd Canada 05-02-12
    Janice Budd Canada 05-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Modern Day Fable"

    I was about half way into the audiobook and wondering what the story was all about. But I decided to persevere to the end. I was already planning my review, "I missed the point". But, the point was made very succinctly at the end of the story. And then I understood -

    This is a modern day fable, complete with a moral at the end of the story. It's about being different and how people fear that which doesn't fit into the norm.

    One of the problems for me was the narrator, Holter Graham. He did great mooing sounds as the minotaur and distinguished well between voices. However, his performance was quite perfunctory and bland on everything that wasn't conversation.

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    David W.H. Swenson 05-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I expected, but excellent"

    Reading the summary and seeing it recommended by Neil Gaiman, I downloaded _The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break_ expecting either an epic romp through mythological characters in the modern world (?? la Gaiman's _American Gods_) or something rolling on the floor funny. It is neither of those, but it is the best audiobook I've gotten in a while. Sherrill's writing is wonderfully poetic, and Graham's performance is perfect. By the end of the first chapter, I loved the Sherrill's Minotaur. He's like a Fauvist painting of the insecurities we've all known (especially in the first half of the book). Later, when he does foolish things (with good intent), I felt sick to my stomach to see it. I was surprised by how fond I'd grown of the character.

    In short, for you Neil Gaiman fans: don't expect _American Gods_. Don't expect _Good Omens_. It's nothing like either of those. But do expect a really excellent book. This one is worth your time.

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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 04-23-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 04-23-12
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    "Way different from what I expected--but way good"
    What did you love best about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    The story and the reader were so good, that I found myself interested in the most mundane details of life when seen from the Monotaur's perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel to and why?

    It's pretty unique--can't compare it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene--the entire book was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life from the perspective of a Minotaur.


    Any additional comments?

    It's weird and really entertaining. No monsters. No supernatural.

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    Vanette United States 04-03-12
    Vanette United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and refreshing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio, but I like books to be acted out, it puts character to the people.


    Has The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, I liked the book.


    Did Holter Graham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job with the characters, the minotaur was perfect, it made me think of a bull I could picture it perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I am not sure


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    D. Ward 04-02-12
    D. Ward 04-02-12 Member Since 2008

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    "different"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the humanity of the story, and the reactions of the humans to him... I


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good grunts


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    Visanu Euarchukiati 03-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic beings in a mundane world"
    Where does The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    The junk yard scene where M had an encounter with another ancient predator.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The grunts. Very well acted.


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    Jessica Robertson 02-28-12
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    "Great writing, well performed, off the beaten path"

    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.

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