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MirrorMask | [Neil Gaiman]

MirrorMask

Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Young British television actress Stephanie Leonidas reprises her film role as Helena Campbell, the daughter of circus performers who is cast into a dark realm that is part Alice in Wonderland part Wizard of Oz, and part Salvador Dali. In a moment of rebellion, Helena wishes her mother dead. Later that evening, her mother falls into a coma, and Helena soon falls into a bizarre fantasy world in which a Dark Queen tries to wipe out Helena's past and make her a Dark Princess. Leonidas reads with a rich, sweet voice but lacks the energy and emotional intensity of her on-screen performance. Still, her enticing accent coupled with Gaiman's off-kilter storytelling makes this a delightful, if at times spooky, family audiobook.

Publisher's Summary

Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by best-selling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original audio novella is Helena's tale in her own voice, a stunning and magical journey.

©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A delightful, if at times spooky, family audiobook." (Booklist)

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    Paula Big Sandy, TX, United States 11-08-07
    Paula Big Sandy, TX, United States 11-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Doesn't translate well to audio"

    I love Neil and I love audiobooks. However, this is the only instance when I've heard one of his stories come off flat, and it's not the narrator's fault. There's just not much there. But, of course, if you've seen the movie, it's understandable that such beautifully strange visuals don't translate well into words. It seemed like there wasn't even an attempt to describe the "dream" sequence, and it feels hollow. Not typical Gaiman Greatness. Neil is a master writer with an astounding imagination. I recommend all of his other work, especially the ones he narrates himself.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 10-17-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 10-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "dissapointing"

    I love Neil Gaiman's writing, but I just can't recommend this one. It started out well, but once the 'dream' section started you couldn't really relate to any of the characters or events anymore. It just seemed too surreal and disconnected. If you have to have everything he's ever written, then by all means add this one to your collection. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a pass.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Bloomburg, TX, USA 02-28-07
    Lydia Bloomburg, TX, USA 02-28-07
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    "EXELENT"

    MirrorMask was an extrordanary book. Even if it was a little short, it had me listening the whole time with eger anticipation. When the book ended, which I didn't want it to, I was very satisfied.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 05-12-13
    Deedra United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book.The movie is basically the same,word for word.The story is good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helena,of course!


    What about Stephanie Leonidas’s performance did you like?

    I liked it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book by one of the greatest authors of our time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sam paley McLean, VA United States 07-11-12
    sam paley McLean, VA United States 07-11-12

    When god made me he broke the mold out of frustration. That is what i believe if i believed in god that is. but i em a kind and interesting person who has a lot of interests. some cool some not so cool but i do not care because i live my life the way i wont to I follow my own path. i em an artist and love what i do. i watch way to much TV but i must emit it is in my genetics. both my father and grandfather watched way to much TV. ; )

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    "fun book"
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    this is a good book but if you like the story then you should see the movie its just as good as the book. it is the book as the book is not that long

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    breanna wasilla, AK, United States 07-08-12
    breanna wasilla, AK, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely"
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    This has to be the shortest story I've read/listened to that didn't feel incomplete. Somehow in one hour, Gaiman made me care about the characters. Its impressive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Plyler Washington state 07-22-10
    M. Plyler Washington state 07-22-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Delightful fantasy"

    Neil Gaiman is so good I decided to follow him on Twitter, and found myself irritated that he was tweeting instead of writing another book for me to read. He seems to often meet the standard definition of a fantasy story: his characters leave the 'real' world for a different one, and then return after having resolving a personal conflict. This one involves parents and children and otherworld parents and children. I don't want to spoil the story--just enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mattie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 05-16-12
    Mattie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Quirky total worth it read!"

    I seriously loved this book. It was fun and quirky in a totally Neil Gaiman style. I wish it were longer though, since I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this as a fast fun listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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