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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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.
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.
In parts the volume was to low and as I drive I have to fumble with the controls. Besides that Great book.
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!
Anyone with a Love for the Fantastical and Quixotic realms of Childlike Fairytales will Love this novel, and ask themselves how So Much could have gotten Left behind for So Very Long. Having grown up with the film version I Thought I knew what the story was all about, and which characters were involved, but with the novel version in hand I come to realise the depth and complexity of nuance which I missed.
While much of youth oriented fiction can suffer from a lack of dynamism and depth, only occasionally surpassed in a form worthy of repetition and continuity between the generations, This Book has joined the rather short list of books I think would be Imperative to read to my future children every night around the ages of 8 to 10 years old...
While the characters can seem simplistic in their catagories at first, time and again each presumption of simplicity is destroyed.
I often judge my most favorite Fantasy on that, and one other main point. I look for characters and situations not presented as cliche and shallow composition, and I have a particular interest and personal metric of the quality of an author by looking to the Names Chosen for each 'imaginary part'... Ironically, the second metric is not only satisfied, but proven in some ways integral to the story itsself.
In fact, the whole of the story reaches a level and depth of alagory and symbolism which not only demands rereading, but feels continually expositional in a way I think all the Best Fantasy does.
While I am continually disappointed that (American) film adaptations continually fail to depict Describedly and Integrally necessary 'frumpy characters' as main characters in their stories, (Somebody get me a cutesy child star!) certain other aspects are evocatively presented, and I found myself returning to their itterations for other characters...
for the first half of the book...
I am left to wonder if there was some Intention to continue the story later, a total abandonment of the second part's alagory, or if Peter Jackson just hasn't heard of it yet...
Lets hope it can, at least for this preciously short period, still continue to be a Truely Unique Find, and a Powerful Mutual Experience between parents and their children, or young readers stumbling upon the novel in passing...
Among the Best of young fiction, and a powerfully evocative departure from the formulaic tolkienian, or rowlingnian method otherwise dominant currently...
I love each new take and each evocative result and This is certainly Among the Best!
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.
I read this book many, many years ago as a youth. When I saw this title among the many titles at audible.com, I had to have it. This book, while it is most likely written with a younger audience in mind, can bring even an adult to Fantastica. I enjoyed this audio book and my only regret is that I no longer have the hardcover book and that Amazon & Audible do not currently have a COMPANION e-book for purchase to read along as you listen. Is this the GREATEST Fantasy I've ever read/listened to? No but it is fun and did rekindle a part of my younger self to come alive while listening to the whole story.
While Bastian Balthazar Bux is the main character, he's not MY favorite character of the story. I would say that Atreyu is my favorite character and is the key figure in the first 1/2 of the story.
To my knowledge, I don't recall listening to a story narrated by Mr. Gerard Doyle before but I felt his performance very much fit the book. I may even consider seeing what other books he has narrated to see if any of them interest me.
No, not really. I suppose there were of course moments in the story that DID make me laugh but I'm not sure I'd ever go so far as to use the terminology of "having an extreme reaction" to any book.
The story itself is full of interesting characters in a fantasy realm. There are many moral lessons along the way that one might use to expound upon if / when listening to this story with a child.
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