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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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    A. Grove 04-28-15
    A. Grove 04-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story and great reader"

    It's wonderful to listen to Neil Gaiman read this story. He has a great voice for fairy tales which makes it amazing to listen to. Highly recommend

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    Jill Massachusetts 04-20-15
    Jill Massachusetts 04-20-15
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    "Great story great narration by great author"

    Brilliant to hear a uniquely strange and rather wonderful story read by the uniquely rather wonderful author.

    The interview at the end was also a pleasure.

    Although it's best not to listen in bed when you are really tired. It took three or four tries to listen and not wake up in the middle of the night with headphone pain and realize I'd fallen asleep once more. I wish the ability to detect sleep breathing and stop playing would be invented.

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    Elizabeth Briick 04-11-15
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    "Way better then the movie"

    While the storyline varied from the movie, rather the movie varied from the storyline, I was happy to hear Gaimans tale in the pure form. As an avid fan, I would have preferred to see more of this story as it was written come to life.

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    jeanlou 03-25-15
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    "Delightful and fantastic, a solid Gaiman"

    Author readings aren't always the good ideas they might seem, but Neil Gaiman's velvety voice is a perfect match for this lovely (and occasionally surprising) little fairy tale. Suspend your disbelief for a few hours and relax into the meticulously envisioned village of Wall...and the faerie world that lies beyond. The regular world always seems a little more magical after I've listened to a Gaiman tale. Stardust has made me ever more the steadfast fan. Bravo!

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    Justin 03-08-15
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    "I regret reading it...but in the very best way!"

    This is one of the few books I've encountered to leave me with a feeling of deep regret as soon as I'd finished it. It's a weird sort of regret, at having been cheated by...well, the universe I suppose. Even while reading it, I just knew I'd missed out on something amazing by reading it at exact the wrong time in my life. Had I been just a little younger, or older, or even maybe had listened in better lighting or between different books or meals, I would have then been able to appreciate it the way I can now see it deserves. That's life though, I guess.

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    Joshua Freedman 02-28-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Best version"

    Loved reading it then years later seeing the movie... But this is truly a delight. Turns out Gaiman is a fab narrator as well as game changing author.

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    Mark Mahar 02-27-15
    Mark Mahar 02-27-15

    Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.

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    "Not quite to life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stardust to be better than the print version?

    Sorry, but I didn't really care for the author reading his story. To me, he didn't bring enough flavor to the characters but did a pretty good job otherwise. His narration just fell flat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    Print or the audio book, the ending definitely. I wish the movie kept more of the book's flavor instead of radically changing it up.


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    Anon E Mouse 02-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the best adult fairy tales ever!"
    Any additional comments?

    I never get tired of this story. So much imagine, heartwarming characters, and superb narration by the author himself. I only wish there were more stories like this and more storytellers like Mr. Gaiman.

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    Dean 02-20-15
    Dean 02-20-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "A modern fairy tale"

    A wonderful fairy tale until the authors interview I thought was written in the 1990's. I was very impressed with the authors story telling style way was reminded of Chaucer or T White. Great story classic fairy tale style, and enough plot for an adult.

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    Brent R. Baker 02-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love all of his stuff.. such a storyteller!"

    I've been a fan of Neils' writing since my 1st encounter. I love that he reads his own books on Audible. American God's & Anasi Brothers both used different performers for effect & is beautifully done. I've not been disappointed with any of his books. This book, for those thinking of buying, is probably 70% different than the movie!

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