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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I decided to give this book a listen based off the funny sounding title and the sample clip provided. I was looking for a new book that would offer a little silly humor and the first couple of chapters were pretty interesting. I was pulled into the book even more because I myself am just as socially inept as the Minotaur. This didn't last for more then 7 or 8 chapters though.
After the 8th chapter it felt like the author didn't know where he wanted to take the story and a lot of it seemed rather pointless. Then it got weird with the homosexuality and the graphic sexuality (Bestiality?) There were a few chapters that were only sentences long in length which I didn't understand the point of. Another compliant is some of the story didn't make a lot of sense. The ending was really weird too. It seemed more like the author was writing about an event in his life then a fictional story. One thing that I kept wondering about while listening was how the author goes into great detail about the success of the restaurant and the job duties of the employees, but always seems to make it seem filthy and disgusting.
I think this book would be half the length if the the author didn't use so many adjectives. It's like he lacked the skill to create a world in detail so he just used a bunch of adjectives to describe everything instead of creating a detailed world in the way an author like Tom Clancy would.
Overall I think the book was decent, not one I'd listen to again though. The narrator was pretty good and I think the grunt was perfect. I found myself trying to imitate him when the obvious parts for it came up. There were a few parts in the story where he overdid it and read with a little too much emotion though.
I know that this is a "well reviewed" book and has won awards and such but it was just not interesting. I didn't get past about chapter 5 so boring and no spark to keep it going. He doesn't create any reason why I should care about the Minotaur or his trials and tribulations.
Also, I prefer when an author chooses a tense for the book and sticks to it. First second or third person, all good, just not all at the same time!
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
This book is worthless. I can't think of anything good to say about it, perhaps other than the reader is decent.
vague story telling that did not develop a good plot....
could have been a stronger story
The story and the main character just don't do it for me. Totally non-engaging. I couldn't even finish it.
This would have been a great story if it weren't so offensive, especially against women.
"Strange but sad"
This is a strange wee tale. The minotaur is still around, he has been for what seems like forever. People take advantage of him and are nasty in the way people are to those who are different. He just wants to carry on with his catering job, and perhaps get to know the waitress a bit better, but could she like someone like him?
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