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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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    Heather West Milford, NJ, USA 08-30-07
    Heather West Milford, NJ, USA 08-30-07
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    "Outstanding, but with unnecessary sexual content"

    This was truly an incredible tale, amazingly read by the author himself. Truly, it's a breath of fresh air to hear such an original fable.

    The pros: incredible story, and even more incredible narration. Very well developed characters, definitely scoops you up and carries you along with the story, never letting you down.

    The cons: I am NOT a prude at all - I love a good sensual and sexy story. However, there is one scene in this book that was totally unnecessary and was even distracting to the story in my opinion. There was no need to have such a detailed sexual encounter in the middle of what is a fairy tale. It could have easily been written differently and the idea of what transpired would still have been conveyed. In my opinion, it took away from the story. It was the only thing that I found to be negative, but you do get over it soon after and are sucked right back into the plot and excellent narration.

    My only regret is that it ended too soon - I definitely wanted more.

    I *highly* recommend this book.

    5 of 5 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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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-25-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 12-25-10 Member Since 2009

    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.

    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 2005
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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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    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 01-29-13
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gaiman is the best"

    An adult fairy tale with a twist. Would that we could all find our falling star someday. Nothing can beat Neil Gaiman reading his own work.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT United States 07-03-08
    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT United States 07-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Delightful"

    As soon as I finished I started over and listened to the whole story again! I've never done that before. Mr. Gaiman's writing style is beautifully descriptive and poetic, and his narration is a treat as well. I was truly delighted!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eazes USA 08-23-07
    Eazes USA 08-23-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautifully told"

    I love the sound of the author's voice. He makes you relax as you just sit back and imagine everything he says. I will definitely look for more books by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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