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Instructions | [Neil Gaiman]

Instructions

Trust dreams, trust your heart, and trust your story. A renowned storyteller whose words have transported readers to magical realms guides a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar...and home again.
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Publisher's Summary

Trust Dreams.
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.

A renowned storyteller, whose words have transported readers and listeners to magical realms, guides a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar...

...and home again.

Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never saw before, say "please" before you open the latch, go through, walk down the path....The listener is invited on a lyrical journey peopled by a cast of mythical characters, with a set of instructions that is both intriguing and reassuring. The advice for travelling through a fairytale landscape might just save you from being eaten by wolves or being lost forever, but it is also a charming metaphor for living courageously and taking risks. The expressive and stylish prose resonates with Gaiman's distinctive voice and will captivate listeners of any age.

©2000 Neil Gaiman (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Marie University Park, MD, United States 03-05-13
    Marie University Park, MD, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "And they say life doesn't come with instructions!"
    What would have made Instructions better?

    I read a quote from "Instructions" in a post by Krista Tippet, "On Being", radio host, "“Remember your name. Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart and trust your story.” Gaiman's words zapped me. This little 4 minute recording is like a Celtic prayer - word pictures that plant themselves in your heart.I like Neil Gaiman. I like his voice. I like his bravado. "Instructions" hits the high mark.


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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-20-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great short poem"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Instructions to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hear Neil Gaimen read his own words in magic.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great story about the adventure of life, and common fairy tale cliches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 01-29-13
    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 01-29-13

    I devour books like a trash compactor.

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    "Wasn't what I expected"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I suppose this could be considered cute. A magical journey condensed into 3 minutes. In the end I wanted more. More insight, more writing, more everything.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    So so


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He narrows down the tropes of a fantastical adventure. Things you might find in any story. So in that it was enchanting.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing wrong with that


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I wanted something more substantial from the Master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle,WA. 09-13-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle,WA. 09-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lessons for the thoughtful"
    If you could sum up Instructions in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting Philosophical Sweet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Best to just listen to this one it's very short...


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His wonderful voice that brings the story alive...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    Great very short story to listen to while relaxing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine LONGMONT, CO, United States 08-06-12
    Elaine LONGMONT, CO, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Crochetist

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    "Good Advice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book contains wonderful advice for life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be perfect if one could see the art while listening to the author read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ridgway, PA, United States 02-23-12
    Alan ridgway, PA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2001
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    "This is a 4 min. poem not a book not worth it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Longer...


    What could Neil Gaiman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Longer.. there was no story. Like other Gaiman stuff this poem for lack of a better term felt like a setup for a story like others of his.


    Did Neil Gaiman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    there were some teasers


    Any additional comments?

    Definetly not worth a credit for 4 min.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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