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Fragile Things | [Neil Gaiman]

Fragile Things

Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King.

These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

©2006 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 Headline Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman has a deft touch for surprise and inventiveness, and there are inspired moments." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gaiman again proves himself a perverse romantic, heir not only to Poe and Baudelaire but to the breathless Pre-Raphaelites....The collection also boasts lush prose...and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories. Expect the unexpected. Then savor the luscious chills." (Kirkus)

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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 02-21-12
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 02-21-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Confusing"

    Although Neil Gaimon is one of my favourite authors, Fragile Things was not one of my favourite audiobooks. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep track of where one story ended and another began. There were no obvious breaks and I just kept getting lost. I eventually gave up trying to listen and bought the book in paper.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 11-19-08
    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 11-19-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to listen to"

    Hard stories to listen to. They're packed with info for one thing. And there aren't good breaks between stories. I often wondered if I was still on the previous story or a new one.

    Still, there are some excellent stories in here, and I thoroughly enjoyed some. The author also has an excellent voice, which was a pleasure to listen too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    10/31/08
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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    Neil Gaiman is an amazing author, and these short stories show the vast versatility of his writing. Stories of the supernatural, the weird and the wicked, I defy anyone to not enjoy this collection. For similar entertainment, check out Joe Hill's '20th Century Ghosts'.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    OLDHAM, United Kingdom
    12/4/14
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    "Classics"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fragile Things to be better than the print version?

    The nuances that Neil puts into the reading reaslly held to bring the stories to life, his flow and style are fantastic making the stories really gripping.


    What other book might you compare Fragile Things to, and why?

    His story style reminds me of the brothers grim, not all stories are best before bed.


    Any additional comments?

    Like all his books this collection of shorts does not disappoint, for a fan this is a must. An if you have never listened to any of his works, this is a great place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "For those who wish for twists and turns"

    I have loved Neil's work for many many years and this doesn't disappoint. Strange tales some unknown and some that ring bells but have unexpected endings.



    This is short stories for grown ups. Smart intelligent some time funny often strange but always good.

    Word of warning if you are listing to this rather than reading it I would suggest NOT falling asleep whilst you listen as you end up with some very strange dreams!

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • K. Ufland
    Herts UK
    7/22/13
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    "It's all good stuff but..."
    What made the experience of listening to Fragile Things the most enjoyable?

    The stories are up to the usual standard and the performance is good. The only thing is that with all of these collections of Neil Gaiman's stories, they are so often repeated in each collection. Rather disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    How about an anthology of Neil Gaiman's short stories to date? Then there would be no repeats!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    8/8/15
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    "confusing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, in reality I skipped some stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    I have heard several and this does not rank high. I enjoyed the 1st story about sherlock holmes and the strange and weird Mr Alice and Mr Smith but the rest seemed to be beautifully worded rambling


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    The sherlock holmes story yes and the Mr smith book but that would never get into film with that plot detail


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed about 20% or less of these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    newark, United Kingdom
    5/3/15
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    "lots of talking to dead folks .."

    No one explores other modes of being like Le Guin, but no one weaves other modes of existence into our reality than Gaiman. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Whitworth
    2/16/15
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    "Perfection"

    What's not to love? Neil Gaiman read by the nan himself. You get to hear it the way he wrote it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    2/12/15
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    "Great collection"

    There are so many Neil Gaiman collections of short stories but the variety made me select this one. I only wish I'd read American Gods first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    BrightonUnited Kingdom
    6/12/09
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    "not a good book"

    I have listened to Stardust and Anansi boys and am reading American Gods. I enjoyed/am enjoying those but this book is frankly boring.
    I have found when each story ends that I am thinking "is that it?" and " what on earth was that all about"?
    I suspect it has something to do with the way that Gaiman narrates as I enjoyed Anansi boys which was narrated by Lenny Henry. Anyway I cannot recommend this it is self indulgent and there wasn't one story I enjoyed.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful

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