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Stardust Audiobook

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

    The Executive Happiness Coach

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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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    Michael mira loma, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Michael mira loma, CA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "movie vs book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this is a very good adult themed fantasy story.I love the movie very much so i purchased the book when i saw it on Audible,this is one of the rare moments that the movie was better then the book.The book is isnt bad,in fact it is a very good listen,or read.But Clare Danes as the Star,and Michelle Pfeiffer as the queen witch added to the story.i guess the screen writer Jane Goldman is the best in the business.


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    Page Whittier, CA, United States 08-17-13
    Page Whittier, CA, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's so bewitching."

    Is there a review for such a tale? You just dive in and the whole world is there for you to learn about. All of the story threads were fantastic and it fit together so well. It read like a fairytale, but had the elements of an adult story that made it all the more enjoyable after a beat. i have to admit, I didn't know it was intended as a "fairytale for adults", so the first sex scene caught me a bit off guard. But, I didn't mind it as the story got on. I did enjoy the prose in which he wrote. It gave the story it's magic, drawing you in.

    The only issue i had - and it kind of was a big one - was the major love story. For me it just never really developed enough for it to be believable for me. But, I liked it in the end.

    Neil Gaiman doing the narration definitely made this audiobook stellar. So good.

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    Marissa JERMYN, PA, United States 08-05-13
    Marissa JERMYN, PA, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gaiman Doesn't Disappoint"

    I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and the film adaptation of this book is one of my favorite movies, so this audiobook was a no-brainer for me. Gaiman always does a fantastic job narrating his own work. After listening to this book and Neverwhere, I've added the rest of his works to my wish list. I suggest this book to anyone who loves to get lost in a Fairytale.

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    Lori United States 07-29-13
    Lori United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A magical adventure story for adults"

    This was my first Neil Gaiman book and I know it will not be the last! Even though this story is a fantasy it seems so believable that you feel it is completely natural for a young man to go over the fence into a magical realm to search for a falling star.
    I loved it, It gave me the same feeling that the Princess Bride always did and still does.

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    katie United States 04-23-13
    katie United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.

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    "I Heart Neil Gaiman"

    Jeez, this guy can write a good story!!! And he really is a talented narrator as well. Neil Gaiman is definitely my new favorite author, and I listened to all of his books that I've found here on Audible....at least the ones that he narrates.

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    Anna kansas City, KS, United States 04-12-13
    Anna kansas City, KS, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "ture ADULT fantasy fun"
    Would you listen to Stardust again? Why?

    Its the perfect rainy day book.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    I like to hear the voices that Neil Gaiman dreamed up for characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for kids... Learn from my mistakes.

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    Arielle 04-01-13
    Arielle 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Adult Fantasy--Not Like That!"
    What did you like best about Stardust? What did you like least?

    Neil Gaiman sure knows how to tell a story! His worlds are always fantastic, and this one is no different.

    The thing I liked least--I had no idea this was a fairy tale for adults. I was so confused when there were a couple of sex scenes. The scenes were vital to the story, but if the story is for adults, make it clear that it's for adults. As it stands, this is a children's story with a couple of sex scenes and very very light cursing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    All of the characters are so wonderful. Some of them where a little under developed. This book could have easily been another 5 chapters longer.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman has the best voice ever! He is energetic--but not over the top. I could listen to him read barcodes.


    Do you think Stardust needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. No follow-up book necessary. It ties up rather neatly at the end.


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