In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.
Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.
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I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Kids will enjoy this, but most will not understand it. I enjoyed the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show as a kid, but did not understand the adult messages. This is full of a lot of abstract ideas, such as The Nothing and a creature who is a voice only. This was the top selling children's book for three years in Germany.
Movie ends in the middle.
One main difference between the book and the movie is the main character. In the movie he is a normal looking boy. In the book he is fat and sort of dumb. He is an outcast who is made fun of a lot. This was an important part of the first part of the book, but Americans could not handle a fat hero. The movies stops in the middle of the book and in my opinion that is were the book should have stopped. In the second part of the book the main character gets skinny and becomes a super hero. I think the story was heading toward the message that no matter what we have we want more. A good message, but I was getting pretty bored. The first part of the book was four stars, but the second part was two and heading down. The second half seems to lack a plot.
The narrator is good, but I also had trouble with the volume. There are characters who talk softly, so softly you can not hear them.
You might enjoy listening to this with your children, but I don't think as an adult by yourself it will be as good.
Story is so much more than the movie. Until you have read the full story, you cannot say you have fully enjoyed the Never Ending Story.
The volume level throughout the story was inconsistent. I had to crank the volume way up to hear one character and way down to save my eardrums from the next during the same conversation in the story.
I had to stop listening to the story because the constant changing of the volume was so ridiculous.
In parts the volume was to low and as I drive I have to fumble with the controls. Besides that Great book.
The performance and story are both good, but I found the sound level inconsistent, which was particularly annoying while driving. It would suddenly go softer and I'd have to crank up the volume just to hear it over the road noise. A few minutes later it would come back and I would find myself frantically reaching for the controls to turn it back down. A bit unhappy with that, but I've been a fan of the story since childhood and still enjoyed it.
Neverending Story had such a great message for young readers. A story that really makes you understand the consequences of actions while being dressed up in a fantastical adventure story.
I must have watched the movie dozens of times as a child, but I wish someone had made me sit and read the book instead.
I loved it.
First time I have ever thought the movie was deeper than the book! Had trouble getting through it. The narration was somewhat annoying. The volume went up and down a lot and I had to keep adjusting.
Worth a listen to I guess. A solid story. Just not what I was expecting I guess!
As a 37 year old man, of course the movie "the never ending story" brings up warm and fuzzy memories. It was a great movie and is still great when you go back and view it again as an adult.
When this book went on a sale for $5 I decided to pick up a copy just for fun. As an avid reader I almost always love the book better than the movie.
I realize this is a children's book, but it was just bad. What was especially torturous was the second half of the book, I decided, in the end to just not finish this.
Stick with the movie if you want a quick jolt of warm and fuzzy childhood nostalgia. The book just isn't going to work for you.
I'm going to write most of this review without directly spoiling anything. If you don't want to know the greater part of what I have to say on that then stop after this paragraph. In a nutshell I found the book familiar but also boring. I was able to get through it, so it's not terrible. I'd say if you're remotely interested in the story and/or genre give it a try.
I grew up watching the movie and love it. I know Michael Ende did not care for the way his material is treated in the first film adaptation but I have to say, while this may be founded in bias from my childhood and loving the movie, the movie made some good choices. I found it interesting to know Bastian's last name, Bux, should probably be pronounced like "Books" in order to align with the literary element to the story. I also thought, what I assume to be, the British English pronunciation of "Xayide" to be highly annoying. I find "k-say-ide" to be much more clunky than "zy-eede."
The first movie completely lacks the anti-hero theme, while the second movie does incorporate it a bit but does not tell the same story. I don't much care for that aspect of the story so I'm glad it isn't a large part of the familiar part of the story. What I do like about it is the telling that it isn't natively Bastian's own anti-hero personality at fault but that those put in the position I (usually?) lead to that path. I don't regret spending the time on the book, but I'm not walking away from it enthralled. If anything it just makes me want to watch the first movie again.
Overall a good read.
It grew to be a bit much and a bit tedious at times making me wonder if the never ending story would end, but worth reading in the end.
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