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Stardust Audiobook

Stardust

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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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    Eugene Ngumi 01-30-15
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    "fantastic - a must listen"
    Would you listen to Stardust again? Why?

    Absolutely, a wonderful story, brilliantly narrated. It is the great fairy tale for adults


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was wonderfully woven together and funny.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Gaiman performance and I loved it.


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    Dana 01-29-15
    Dana 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply magic!"

    A masterful story for adults or children and very well read by the pleasant voice of the writer himself! Loved it!

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    Ryan 01-04-15
    Ryan 01-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceptional. Neil Gaiman at his finest."

    Mr Gaiman telling the story as only he can. It's an adult fairy tale as he puts it. Kin to The Princess Bride.

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    Stacey 11-28-14
    Stacey 11-28-14
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    "Such a great read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I loved the movie, this was just awesome to listen to! I feel like since it's different enough that they're like companion pieces so if you liked one, POUNCE on the other


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the differences between it and the movie version. I saw that first and wanted to know more about the witches so I loved discovering all the extra details and twists that weren't in the movie.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Loved the little mousey dude with the "mushramps"


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    Steven 10-08-14
    Steven 10-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fairy Tale for Adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stardust to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. However, I believe anything that Neil Gaiman writes, and then narrates himself, is magical. It's a very intimate experience, hearing the author read to you in the way that he hears it while he's reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I want more of the little hairy man. He was surprising and funny, and I kept waiting for him to pop up again!


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An incredible performance, that makes the listener focus on every event and detail that is held within the novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The begging surprised me. I was drawn in immediately, and barring everyday living, I would have listened to the book in one sitting.


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    Patricia Vancouver, WA United States 08-04-14
    Patricia Vancouver, WA United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfection"
    Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top!


    What other book might you compare Stardust to and why?

    It is perfection. Not sure I can think of anything that equals it.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His lovely, velvety voice and expression. He gives each character their own voice, and his annunciation is highly polished.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    More than one. The quotable quotes, the moments between the star and Tristam Thorn, the description of the unicorn and the star. It is fabulous.


    Any additional comments?

    I dearly love this book and recommend it to my friends as one of the best books I've ever read and audiobook...even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Moore 05-17-14
    Eric Moore 05-17-14 Listener Since 2008

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    "One of the Best Audible Books I've listened to"
    If you could sum up Stardust in three words, what would they be?

    Pure Pleasure from beginning to end the narrator was tremendous and the story is truly enchanting and gripping.


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    Jim Smith Cleveland, Ohio, US 05-16-14
    Jim Smith Cleveland, Ohio, US 05-16-14 Member Since 2015

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    "I am continually surprised by Gaiman!"

    Even tho' I've read some of his other work, and in this case had seen the movie, I was positively surprised by the creative nature of this work. Gaiman is a fabulous narrator and hearing it in his voice brought the book to life in powerful ways.

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    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14
    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14 Member Since 2015

    My commute is long and the audiobooks are longer. Brevity is not my strong suit. @alyssahoman

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    "Modern Fairytale"
    What made the experience of listening to Stardust the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman's performance is wonderful and his humor is on point.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    The descriptions of all of the places are so beautiful and easy to picture. I love when the young man sneaks into the marketin the beginning of the novel.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to several and he is always fantastic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in two sittings during a very long, multi-state drive when I was going to visit my dad. He heard part of it in the car and immediately loved it. I think he might be an even bigger Gaiman fan than me now.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great gateway into the rest of Neil Gaiman's work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zackery Taos, NM, United States 09-07-13
    Zackery Taos, NM, United States 09-07-13
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    "Excellent!!"

    Because grownups still love a great fairy tale. Because Neil Gaiman understands this so well the he wrote the perfect fairy tale. And because sometimes falling stars are more than just lumps of lifeless rock.

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