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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My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The most disappointing part is that the movie was so much better.
As far as the narrator is concerned, meh...in the words of Morla, it doesn't matter.
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.
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?"
I've always enjoyed this book, and when I found out there was an audiobook, I had to have it! Gerard Doyle's performance is good, but the volume of the book is very, very soft, which is often to its detriment.
I frequently had to jack the volume up to maximum just to hear it at times. That's why I only give it four stars out of five in the overall.
The story is very different from the movies that most people know. This is not a bad thing. I enjoyed the first two movies very much, and it's interesting to see the original version of the elements of both movies.
I can't honestly just pick one scene. The death of Artax is a tragic scene, both in the movie and the book. There are a number of cool scenes after Bastian makes it to Fantastica (why the translator called it Fantastica, when even the original author called it "Fantasia" is beyond me.), that I can't pick a single.
If you've got a good strong sound system with a high volume, and if you enjoy a good fantasy story, get this book. It's an amazing odyssey.
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