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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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    allison Douglas, MA, United States 08-26-12
    allison Douglas, MA, United States 08-26-12
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    "Altogether Enjoyable!"
    Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the first audiobooks I've picked up, and having listened to it, I'm hooked.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    I adore Gaimon's writings, and was looking for another way to enjoy those works. Having the author read Stardust to me brought out nuances I'd never noticed in the reading of it. Gaimon's voice was soothing and easy to listen to which is probably why I've listened to it about 5 times already.


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

    This is one of those stories that you want to keep listening to, and alternatively, having listened to/read it before, you can just about pick up again from any point throughout the story. I've often put this on somewhere in the middle on a short car ride, just to listen to my favorite parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful experience, especially for someone new to the world of audiobooks, and I can't reccomend it enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KM 05-28-12
    KM 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gaiman stories read by Gaiman should not be missed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gaiman stories read by Gaiman should not be missed. I often choose audio books by the ability of the narrator and Gaiman is unparalleled in his ability to bring to life his type of story through the spoken word. His other books such as the Graveyard book, Coraline and Neverwhere are works that I have listened to over and over again.

    And as for quality of the story of Stardust itself, while I put those other Gaiman books above Stardust, I was still quite delighted by this tale of the Faerie realm. No fan of Gaiman should pass this story by!

    Also at the end there is a wonderful interview with Gaiman about his inspiration for this book, his other works and about how he learned he had an affinity and a love for doing narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    I loved the description of the Faerie market.


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

    As said, Neil Gaiman is an EXCELLENCE narrator. His voice rich and melodious. He knows his work and he knows exactly where to put the slight pauses to emphasize his unique wry humor and where to speed up to add excitement and heighten drama. He does voices that fit the characters that make each distinctive and convey their personality.


    Any additional comments?

    As other people said this book has a brief encounter of really "adult" content that should be kept in mind when young children read it.

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    Ashley 05-15-12
    Ashley 05-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Entralling from start to finish"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is more of an adult fairy tale, which is part of what made it so enjoyable. It had all the wonder and magic of a children's tale alongside the themes often found in an adult's tale. I loved Tristan's voice narrated by the author, Neil Gaiman. The descriptions of the land beyond the wall were so vivid I could picture every moment and the narration was phenominal. I could listen to this audiobook again - definitely.

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    T. Krueger 05-07-12
    T. Krueger 05-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Nothing beats Neil Gaiman read by Neil Gaiman"
    Would you listen to Stardust again? Why?

    I have read Stardust in the past, but listening to it feels new and it's one of those stories that I know I will want to listen to again down the road.


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

    Neil Gaiman gives an excellent performance. I don't know how to describe what it is exactly, but his inflection is always spot on and his voice is interesting and easy to listen too. His writing is quirky and he knows just how to read it.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book to have in your audio library, no regrets about buying this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gould Denver, CO United States 04-24-12
    K. Gould Denver, CO United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Neil Gaiman is wonderful!"
    Would you listen to Stardust again? Why?

    I would listen to Stardust again. It is a wonderful story and Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job reading it. Since he is the author he has a wonderful insight into how the story should flow. It was engaging and wonderful to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    I enjoyed the entire book but I actually also really enjoyed listening to the question and answer session with Neil Gaiman at the end of the reading. I would highly recommend listening to as it gave an added value of what you already listened to.


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

    This is the first time I have listened to any of Neil Gaiman's books, but I have read several and I look forward to listening to some of his other books, such as Neverwhere.


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

    I listened to the book as I drove a 13 hour road trip on my own. It was wonderfully entertaining and it made the long drove a pleasant one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cody PORT ANGELES, WA, United States 04-22-12
    cody PORT ANGELES, WA, United States 04-22-12
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Stardust the most enjoyable?

    The writing is amazing.


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

    Since Niel wrote this book he was able to bring it to life in a way nobody else could.


    Any additional comments?

    Sex scenes were wierd and aukward so glad there was only one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen Estill Springs, TN, United States 04-18-12
    kathleen Estill Springs, TN, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "New to audiobooks? Start here."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stardust to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but I love this book. It was actually the first audiobook I ever listened to (checked out from the library) and I was hooked. Gaiman's narration is perfect and this is a great introductory audiobook for anyone who is just starting out.


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

    Yes! I love them all. He is a wonderful narrator and really makes it his business create the best audiobook possible, the best listening experience possible. His dedication to this type of reading/listening experience is inspiring. This book is a fantastic first listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-17-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Gaiman's Fairy Tale"
    If you could sum up Stardust in three words, what would they be?

    forest, journey, star


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    When the boy realized he had been captured in the cabin with the evil woman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boy growing closer to the star.


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

    No. It took several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Curt Charlotte, NC, United States 04-16-12
    Curt Charlotte, NC, United States 04-16-12
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    "Narrated by Neil Gaiman is a big plus"
    Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Preferred Anansi Boys, but still like this one. Gaiman's prose is a pleasure, as are his characters. His protagonists are often people who don't see themselves and who aren't generally regarded as extraordinary, but turn out to be so. This book is no exception in that regard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic 12-22-11
    Bookaholic 12-22-11
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stardust the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was a very good one, add to that Neil Gaiman doing the narration and we have a winner


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

    Neverwhere, Coraline and the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods....all are excellent and his narration just makes the story that much better


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

    I did listen to it in one sitting or drive....actually took the


    Any additional comments?

    This has a bit of everything, fantasy, action, adventure, romance and a wonderful storyteller doing the narration, you can't go wrong giving this one a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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