Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester - even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man's life.
From number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman comes a tale of the dark and miraculous - a quest for true love and the utterly impossible.
©2012 Neil Gaiman (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Do you know how sometimes you hear a story and a few days after it's over, you're still stuck in that world? That's my experience with Stardust. It's an imaginative and lovely adult fairytale with glorious prose, and it will leave you wishing we had more adult fairytales like this one. By the end of the story, the characters have more depth than in a typical fairytale, which I appreciated. That said, it's not my all-time favorite story.
Gaiman's narration is a huge part of the reason why I'm still thinking of Stardust two days after finishing it. It's magnificent. Each character has his/her own voice, and there's just something so pleasant--for lack of a better word--about the performance. It's exciting and entertaining, but the general narration (not characters' voices) is still somehow soft, like in a bedtime story. (I'm probably about to buy everything Gaiman has ever narrated.)
I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.
Awesome. The gift edition with the added interview at the end is definitely worth it. One of my favorite stories of all time.
Anyone apprehensive about an author reading their own work should put their worries to rest. Gaiman is a great reader, and the story is magical, indeed.
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This is my first book by Neil Gaiman, I enjoyed it enough that I will read more of his work in the future. Although this is supposed to be an adventurous romance story, there was only a little romance to it. But there was lots of adventure even if the ending was anticlimactic. I went home and watched the movie right after listening to this and I like the ending on that version better. As for this being an Adult fairytale, it was pretty tame. This was one of those books that I bought on my kindle and then purchased the whispersync version and only paid around $5 for both. Usually when an author narrates his own book it doesn't work out, but Neil Gaiman could easily get a second job as a narrator for audible he was good.
Although I am not particularly a fan of fairy tales, I was intrigued by the sample and was not disappointed. The author/narrator related this charming tale delightfully.
The special edition comments by and interview with the author were interesting. An appreciated bonus.
I actually like the movie better. It's kind of slow moving and Tristan is kind of an idiot for most of the first half. The movie was more whimsical and funny and sweet and just in general amazing. That's not to say this book wasn't good, and I liked how Gaiman narrated it in the audiobook version, but I actually liked the storyline in the movie better. I read the book after the movie, which might have something to do with my more considerable love for it as compared to the book, but I thought the characters in the movie were fantastic. Tristan was more endearing and in general I thought the characters had more depth than in the book. Don't get me wrong, the book is good, and if you like Gaiman then you will probably like it. Definitely not for young kids, despite what you might assume from the innocent sounding title lol. If you like adult fairy tales then give it a go.
Only my second Neil Gaiman and I don't know what took me so long. This story has everything a story should. It's classic storytelling and so much more. Love, adventure, danger, triumph. I cannot imagine a single person not loving this book.
The narrator was so good, I believed he was telling his own story.
Few authors successfully narrate their own books. I will have to listen to more of his fabulous stories now.
I LOVED the movie version of Stardust, and was delighted to find that it was based on a book. Sadly however, this is one of the few times (only 2 that I can think of, actually) where the book was NOT better than the movie. It turns out that some of the cleverest parts of the story were written in the screenplay... That being said, Neil Gaiman reads his story beautifully; it was a joy to listen to him.
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