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The Neverending Story | [Michael Ende]

The Neverending Story

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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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.

©1979 Thienemann Verlag (Thienemann Verlag GmbH), Stuttgart/Vienna (P)2012 Tantor

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-14-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THE NOTHING"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Newark, Ohio 07-16-13
    Mike Newark, Ohio 07-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book but"
    Any additional comments?

    In parts the volume was to low and as I drive I have to fumble with the controls. Besides that Great book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 08-28-13
    James MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So much better than the movie"
    If you could sum up The Neverending Story in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. Stout 04-05-15
    J. Stout 04-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Normalization needed"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-24-14
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    "Love the story, hate the volume problems"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to stop listening to the story because the constant changing of the volume was so ridiculous.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 08-02-14
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2015

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    "whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dan lower burrell, PA, United States 02-25-14
    dan lower burrell, PA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprised i liked the movie more..."
    What did you like best about The Neverending Story? What did you like least?

    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!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-30-15
    Michael 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Uyulala?"
    What would have made The Neverending Story better?

    It would be better if the second half of the book had a plot and doesn't sound like it was written by a 5 year old.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Ende’s story?

    The most disappointing part is that the movie was so much better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

    As far as the narrator is concerned, meh...in the words of Morla, it doesn't matter.


    What character would you cut from The Neverending Story?

    If I could cut a character, it would be Bastian. Which would be kinda hard since he's the main character. But he's a whiny little girl. You like him less and less as you progress through the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are uncertain about whether or not to read this book, go look at the reviews of the second movie. Remember the first movie? Great right? Michael Ende apparently thought it was "disgusting". The second movie, depicts the second half of the book (except for the fact that at least the movie had a plot)...And then we have character and place names. I understand that this is fantasy, but Uyulala? Seriously? Did he sound that out in his head and think, "yeah, that sounds cool"?
    I've never gotten angry about a book before, but this is the worst book I've ever read in my life and I'm angry that I wasted time that could have been spent reading something else.
    The only thing that's positive about this book is that the title is perfect. The whole time you're reading, you wonder, "will this ever end?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 02-02-15
    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Up for a bit of nostalgia? keep looking...."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A Book Dork 07-29-15
    A Book Dork 07-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book but uneven volume"

    The volume of the narrator's voice was uneven throughout his performance. When he was portraying one character I had to turn the volume all the way up to hear then the next character would be shouting and I'd have to turn the volume down. This probably could have been fixed at some point during the process of creating the audio book. The final product was a great story that was aggravating to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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