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Publisher's Summary

An outstanding array - 52 pieces in all - of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his fans around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James

Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted fans. A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults - Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane - and nearly 50 of his short stories. 

Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Neil Gaiman; Foreword copyright (c) 2020 by Marlon James; Preface copyright 2020 by Neil Gaiman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love Gaiman but little new material

Let me start by saying that Neil Gaiman is one of my three favorite authors, along with Tolkien and Pratchett. I always purchase his audio books because his narration brings each story to life.

My low overall rating reflects only my disappointment when discovering that these short stories and book excerpts are almost all contained in Gaiman's previously published collections - which I already own.

This would be a wonderful bargain for a new Gaiman fan, but would warn long-time readers and listeners who have large Gaiman libraries to check the contents before purchasing. I was so excited about a new Gaiman book that I pre-ordered it based on the author's name alone.

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Amazing compilation

I love Neil Gaiman! To hear the author read his stories as he imagined them is such a gift!

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Go to Listen.

This book is my go to listen. Varied and entertaining with a great narrator. Fantastic

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My favorite author done well!

I’ll admit I love Neil Gaiman - so witty, so imaginative, such a fine writer. It turns out he narrates beautifully as well. These stories are glorious what if’s. What if the old gods still lived but struggled with mundane things? What if your invented girlfriend existed?

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So many good stories!

Found my new favorite author, his dark tone in many and the many twists had me fascinated that I'd never read/heard his stuff before. But now I can read/listen to all of it!

Great narration, and time flies with this book

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Fantastic Faves

Neil Gaiman is my favorite author of all time. When The Neil Gaiman Reader was announced for Audible, I pre-ordered, not having any idea what I was getting. 😁
Some full short stories, some excerpts from favorite stories (chosen by fans), most read by Neil Himself, and all absolutely delightful. <3

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Outstanding intro to Neil Gaiman

If you have never listened to anything written by Neil Gaiman, this is a great place to start. If you are familiar with his work, you will meet some old friends here and, perhaps, make a few new ones. I cannot imagine a better narrator than Mr. Gaiman himself.

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When you can’t get enough Neil Gaiman...

I love this author and his books. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, so this was still a small risk. But it was pure delight.

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Astoundingly worth it.

This audio book was one of the most worth it things I've ever sat through. All the stories were immersive and the author who read them was well-versed in capturing your attention. Neil Gaiman is amazingly talented and I 110% reccomend this book. The only down side is that it ends.

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Mostly I loved it

Listening to Neil Gamin read a story is a delightfully intimate experience. There is just something about his style that makes me lean in and drink up every word. Most of the stories in the Reader were really good. There was an occasional clunker that I would end up skipping and I wondered who would ever have voted that story into the book, but for the most part I enjoyed this big long book all the way through.