In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories.This story was originally published in Rags & Bones.
©2013, 2014 Neil Gaiman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Magical, sometimes creepy and dark but inspiring.
All of the performances were wonderful, they really brought the story to life. I can't imagine a score more perfect for Gaiman's material.
I really enjoyed this twist on sleeping beauty, a fairy tale for adults. A thoroughly good listen
I found it costly for a shor story even though it is a great short story!
"Gaiman's usual brilliance"
I love a full cast narration when done well, and this was amazing. As usual with Neil Gaiman there is nothing lazy or complacent about the story and it is not the normal style of fairy tale imagining. I listened to this while walking the dog on a sunny day but my blood ran cold at some of the imagery. I thought I knew which way the story was heading but completely missed it. My only complaint is that it was too short and I wanted more.
"Lots of frills but not thrills"
Producing an illustrated story as an audiobook is always going to be a challenge as the pictures compliment the text, so I did wonder how this would turn out. In truth, it is a worthy effort and not without merit. Using a cast instead of a single a narrator helps bring the text alive, which is vital when you are denied Chris Riddell's exquisite illustrations.
The text itself is beautifully crafted with knowing little nods here and there, to the extent that the characters seem almost self-aware of their involvement in this modern fairy tale. However, for me, the problem lies in the overall story. It could be described as shallow; it seemed to lack any depth. The adversity was overcome with little challenge and the story was driven more by narrative than plot. There were no sub-plots, no clever twists, nothing apart from the skill of the wordsmith to keep you hooked. If it hadn't been Mr Gaiman writing this story I rather suspect it would never have been published as it is because it is like the meat lacking a skeleton.
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