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Stardust | [Neil Gaiman]

Stardust

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: How nice that Neil Gaiman writes fairytales for adults. And how lucky for us that he tells the story in his own cackling, drawling, hissing, and murmuring voices. My commute, exercise regimen, and 21st century urban existence vanished as I was drawn into Gaiman's story of quest, romance, murder, and adventure. This is not Mother Goose - this is a wondrous world of magic glass, witches, ogres, and unicorns that I didn't want to leave. ?Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

Fantasy fan? Don't miss more from Neil Gaiman.

©1999 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Eminently readable, a charming piece of work." (Washington Post)
"An original and well-written fairy tale....This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters." (Library Journal)
"The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than 'happily ever after'." (School Library Journal)

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    Kenneth Eureka, CA, United States 08-12-08
    Kenneth Eureka, CA, United States 08-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Stardust"

    A wonderful little story. Not really for children, but still a pleasure to listen to.

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    Patty TUCSON, AZ, USA 08-29-07
    Patty TUCSON, AZ, USA 08-29-07
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    "Brilliant"

    Colorfull story with vivid characters

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    Jean Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-19-07
    Jean Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-19-07
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    "BEWARE: not for kids"

    I guess I didn't fully appreciate the description of this as an "adult fairytale". I don't think this is for kids unless your kids are OK with descriptions of heaving bosoms, groping and thrusting! I thought my 11 yr old daughter and friend would enjoy this story while driving to the cottage. 1 hour in, I was surprised and we were all embarrassed. To be fair, I turned the thing off and so did not hear the full extent of the heaving bosom scene between boy and cat lady. Suffice it to say that I felt there was a high probability of it getting more explicit.
    The hour that we heard wasn't that great anyway so I won't bother listening to the rest myself.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John Huber Heights, OH, United States 07-13-07
    John Huber Heights, OH, United States 07-13-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Good"

    Very creative story line but over all predictable.

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