A full cast audio production performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, Michael Maloney, Sean Baker, Jane Collingwood, Clare Corbett, Allan Corduner, Katherine Kingsley, and Daniel Weyman.
It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.
You may think you know this story. There's a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.
But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero if a princess needs rescuing....
©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
"The cast of accomplished British voices, including Julian Rhind-Tutt as the narrator and Lara Pulver as the queen, is a joy." (AudioFile)
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Once again Neil Gaiman delves into the fairy tales from the Grimm brothers to come up with a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty that blows one's mind away. Using the listener's own knowledge of the well-known tale he goes against expectations and recast the fairy landscape in much the same way he recasted the faiths of the United States in American Gods.
What I liked the most about the story was the little details he lifted from the Grimm brothers' fairy tales using it as clues to guide the listener on where the story is going. His attention to detail is remarkable. I really didn't see the end coming, though afterwards, I thought that it is self evident.
At one point I thought that the story might be a GLBT rewriting of a well-loved tale. Well it isn't
Jullian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver and Niamh Walsh did an outstanding rendering of the story, adding to its enjoyment.
All in all Neil Gaiman stays one of the master story tellers of our age. His rendition... adjustment... of the Sleeping Beauty comes highly recommended.
Excellent performance by the entire cast. as always, Gaimen crafted a memorizing tale that is at once familiar and enchantingly unique in its telling. I don't usually care for the full cast performances, but it is done exceedingly well here and suits the story perfectly. It's a rather short listen at just over an hour (it's one of his short stories, which are always fantastic literary snacks for the hungry mind) but well worth the money or credit.
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This is probably the shortest book I've read/listened to in a while but it was very enjoyable from start to finish. I loved this full cast version because it really felt more like an audio drama with sound effects and music playing in the background. It was really neat and I loved Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration (he played Silas from The Graveyard Book full cast and was my favorite of all the voices).
I only wish there were more stories like this one by Neil Gaiman that dealt with dark twists on fairy tales.
Neil Gaiman strikes again, this time with a cast presentation! The story is an interesting twist on two classic fairytales.
Anyone who loves Sleeping Beauty and is a fan of the older versions of these fairytales should give it a read or a listen.
So nice to see a respectfully made version with a strong princess instead of weak damsel in distress. no prince , only powerful women. also, so spooky it threatened to give nightmares.
We've all heard fairy tale variations over and over again. This, however, is nothing but a surprise and brand new tale woven from the barest of threads of old. Worth every second.
A strong female character interacts with colorful, interesting secondary characters within familiar tales but from unusual perspectives. Performance of each character is believable and the whole story invites the listener in, routing for the heroine and staying blind to hints the author lays until the reveal. Even the conclusion changes direction.
I initially purchased the book to hear Julian Rind-Tutt who was so brilliant and silky in "The Graveyard Book". This story line was intriguing but the sound effects were distracting and irritating.. Definitely not necessary to the story. I was interested in finding out why the Sleeping Beauty spell was spreading, but disappointed by the ending!
I Liked Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" so that's why I listened to this one. I definitely intend to try more of his books. I won't hold this one against him. It's really not all that bad... just bizarre.
The narrator, Julian Rind-Tutt. I really like his voice. Although the others were good.
It was a short listen, so yes.
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