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Stardust Audiobook

Stardust

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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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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 12-07-07
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 12-07-07 Member Since 2002
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    "ABSOLUTE MUST LISTEN"

    Although short and a fantasty (which I usually do not like), this fairy tale and its wonderful narration nearly brough tears to my eyes from its sheer beauty. ENCHANTING. Probably one of my top 10 books I have everly listened to out of over 400 (member since 1997 - with the original Audible player to prove it).

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-15-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Enchanted journey"

    Another good story made better by the excellent performance by author Neil Gaiman. Stardust is similar in theme to Gaiman's Neverwhere - an engaging hero on a journey through an unfamiliar land accompanied reluctantly by an exotic heroine fleeing a dangerous villian(ess). While less dark and grungy than Neverwhere, the atmosphere is just as deadly dangerous. As other reviewers have emphasized, this is not a child's fairy tale. But it is a good story and an excellent listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-22-09
    Jennifer Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-22-09
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    "Fantastic in all ways"

    This was an absolutely amazing book, a terrific read, and I love that it was narrated by Neil Gaimen himself. However, I have to agree that it is absolutely NOT a kid's book. The sex is a little too graphic for that. Not "dirty", but not for children.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Pinole, CA, United States 05-22-08
    Kimberly Pinole, CA, United States 05-22-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Adult fairy tale"

    I never thought I would like Neil Gaiman, but tried this on a lark and I really enjoyed it. I particularly loved his narration - vibrant and full of expression and life. The story was fun and, like most fairy tales, you knew how it was going to end, but that didn't spoil the fun of getting there. This is a great listen for people who just want a story to carry them off - not too deep, not too fluffy. But a warning - this is a fairy tale for adults. For some reason, the audio begins and ends with a little kid saying, "This is Audible Kids." I wouldn't want anyone under 15 or 16 to listen or read this - some fairly graphic sex in chapter one and some pretty graphic violence throughout.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Owings Mills, MD, USA 11-14-07
    Dan Owings Mills, MD, USA 11-14-07
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    "Wonderful"

    I purchased the audio book after seeing the Stardust movie. Although the movie storyline is quite different from the book, I enjoyed both versions tremendously. In addition, I really enjoyed the author's narration. This is a very charming story and so easy to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 09-09-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 09-09-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved this story! It was enchanting, amusing, and kept me entertained from the first word to the last. The narrator, who just happens to be the author as well, is a treat to listen to. However, like all Neil Gaiman stories that don't specifically say 'For Children', this would not be suitable for the 'younger set'. There's a lot of violence, some sex and a some adult language. If that doesn't bother you, I strongly recommend this story. If it does, you could try 'Coraline' or 'The Neil Gaman Audio Collection', both of which are also narrated by the author, or 'Mirrormask'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-25-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-25-10 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Doesn't get any better"

    Like others, I did not realize NG had written the movie by the same name. I loved the movie as much as the book. For me, neither gets any better in its respective medium. This is not a book about violence or sex.

    As far as appropriateness for children, there is far more violence on the nightly news. There is hardly any sex, certainly nothing gratuitous, in this book. There are a couple of "touching," beautiful and quite appropriate scenes where two characters share an intimate moment that would have lasted less than a page in the entirety of the physical book. I believe this is a book that would appeal to and be quite appropriate for the innocence in all of us.

    It is just another example of the writing and narrative genius that is Neil Gaiman.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 03-12-15
    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite Gaiman story"

    I was not a fan of the prolonged gore or the creeper crap. The story itself took too long at times also. I think it started out as a good idea, but lacked a strong editor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 03-02-15
    Farrell 03-02-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "I should have read the book first."

    Great narration. Really nice to hear the author read their own work. It bring something to the story that you just can't get by reading yourself or hearing somebody else read the book. However, I feel that the movie was a bit of a cleanup of some of the elements in the book that didn't really work. I suppose I'm one of the few that like the movie better (this is a first for me, I never like the movie better). Still, great book.

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    M. Spencer Buffalo 11-23-13
    M. Spencer Buffalo 11-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader

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    "Charming!"

    Let me start by saying that Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I've been working my way through his catalog ever since I read American Gods a couple of years ago.

    Although Stardust will not go down as my favorite of Gaiman's works--that honor still probably goes to American Gods--I still enjoyed it thoroughly. Neil Gaiman has a way of telling stories that really appeals to me. He has a way of capturing magic and making it seem like the most natural thing.

    He can also take well-used themes and retell them in unique and delightful ways. And that's what Gaiman did with Stardust. Stardust is a fairytale complete with unlikely heroes, damsels in distress, and wicked witches, and, despite all that, it's still a very charming story.

    Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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