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Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle star in a brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Eleanor Bron.

Challenged to retrieve a fallen star, Tristran Thorn leaves the sleepy English village of Wall and crosses into the land of Faerie and the realm of Stormhold. Locating the star, he discovers it is no meteorite but a young woman, Yvaine.

When Yvaine evades him and escapes, Tristran discovers he is not the only one in pursuit of the star: there are dark forces in this magical land, and he must find Yvaine before she falls into their clutches. As he does so, Tristran will uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.

Directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, and featuring over 35 minutes of unbroadcast material, this stunning new dramatisation boasts an extensive cast including Frances Barber, Maggie Steed, Nicholas Boulton, Blake Ritson, Bryan Dick, Charlotte Riley, Aisling Loftus, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Alex Macqueen, Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle. There are also cameo appearances by Tori Amos and Neil Gaiman. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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Another Brilliant Realization

It is, admittedly, hard to produce a bad show when you are faithful to great source material. And the source material is great. But so to is this production. The voice actors are wonderful at bringing their parts to life. The sound effects and the like are great. One can almost smell the marketplace. The producers had the sense to stay true to the source material and the result is a true winner. The only downside of any of these wonderful BBC/Neil Gaiman productions is that they seem to end too quickly.

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A Wonderful Adaptation

I love Neil Gaiman's works with all of my heart. And in this heart, a special place is there for Stardust. I've read the novel, the graphic novel, watched the movie, and have now listened to the audio performance. It was simply marvelous. I wish the sky pirates had gotten more attention but I can overlook that easily. And thanks to the narrator (one of my favorite performances) the subtle details that made reading this story so enchanting were also there. Specifically, my favorite line in the whole book made it which featured an unlucky mouse on the search for the Nut of Wisdom. Gaiman's most fanciful tale found a fantastic place to land... Or crash rather. And if you're a fan of mature fairy tales, intelligent prose, and stunning full cast productions, then buy this now. If you're already a fan of Gaiman and especially of Stardust, I don't need to tell you that. You already own it.

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Wonderful

An absolute beautiful story and the performance is incredible. The voicing and production is exactly what I hear in my head when I read this.

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Star-studded topaz beauty.

This full cast production simplifies the edges of the story, & is ultimately satisfying in the ending scene they kept from the book. Incredibly poignant & beautiful, a little sad. But that is how life is. You live for the small joys in between. I enjoyed this book throughly.

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brought to life!

So much better than the video version, enthralling and beautifully crafted, I didn't want it to end. Sigh, on to more Gaiman!

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Love it!

Amazing performance! I loved every second of it. Well done to everyone involved. Tori Amos' part was a nice little surprise!

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Stardust

A rare production in which the abridgement loses little to nothing of the text and the entire cast is brilliantly suited to its various parts. I have listened to this one several times and can continue doing so; it's wonderful each and every time.

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Short and great

Lovely story. Produce beautifully. All the music and sound effects of a quality radio broadcast for the Motter day. I recommended as a nice short respite.

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Great story brought to life!

Just superb!! The best interpretation I could have wished for!! Please, listen with your heart <3

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this is my favorite novel by gaimen. its magical.

Love it, story is a romantic fairy tale, with references to many others bed time stories.

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  • MFW
  • 02-28-17

Always a brilliant story

I've heard and seen several versions of this story, it never fails to make me love it and this is no exception, good performances from a good cast telling a great story, anything that Dirk Maggs does is good.

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  • P. GILL
  • 02-22-17

enchanting<br />

loved the way this was dramatised beautifully acted and the story and pace was perfect the way Neil always seems to effortlessly achieve
highly recomended

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  • marcus fry
  • 02-08-17

A good listen

A great short audio drama from the BBC. even if your familiar with the movie this is worth a listen. high recommend

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  • jill middlemas
  • 04-29-17

Excellent

Much better than the movie this is fast paced and doesn't drag like the movie although I wish I hadn't listened in one sitting as now it's finished

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  • Whitehame
  • 12-19-17

The narrator has a really captivating voice.

A lovely story, brilliantly told. Listened to this magical tale as a festive treat and enjoyed it.

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  • Verney wood
  • 12-17-17

lose your self in this fantasy

totally amazing audio book which I really loved to come back to every night.... 100%%

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  • Anneli
  • 11-10-17

Short but sweet

An extremely abreviated but still entertaining retelling of Stardust. The actors are good, but since the script is so truncated it often feels as if the character- and relationship-development happens to quickly.

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  • Ms B A Callan
  • 09-27-17

spell binding

wonderfully narrated with an all star cast . I absolutely loved it. I want more now please..

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  • Maxine
  • 02-17-17

Loved it

I love Neil Gaiman but did not find the film adaptation true to his style of writing. Delighted this dramatised version brought the story to life in a far more real way. You might have seen the film but this is far better.

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  • Nathan Wombwell
  • 04-04-17

10/10

I do not usually enjoy dramatisations but the added narration to this story was an incredible addition. I highly recommend it.

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