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Publisher's Summary

In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks.

Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

©1998 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Love Neil Gaiman!

Neil Gaiman's stories are always charming, witty and entertaining. As a narrator he is fantastic!
I'm not big on short stories, and even one of my favorite authors couldn't change that for me. If you're a Gaiman fan and don't mind shorts this would be a great collection. I'll probably stick to the longer stories.

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almost perfect

What made the experience of listening to Smoke and Mirrors the most enjoyable?

I really like the book Neil himself reads, he knows how to convey his written word

Who was your favorite character and why?

there are several great short tales, I believe the guys in Innsmouth or the werewolf

What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He acts the voices, he likes being a whiny kid

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it is great

Any additional comments?

I had tried to listen to this book several months ago, but the way it is presented, with the background for every tale at the very beginning makes it less enjoyable than being able to flip the page before every story, or, if the introduction was before the short tale

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Short Stories from a Master

It's no secret I'm a Neil Gaiman fan. Love the man. And his audiobooks are always fantastic and Smoke and Mirrors is no exception. Gaiman's narration is spot on. As always when I listen to him tell a story, it feels like he's letting me in on a secret. You know, telling me a special tale that not many people know. I'd heard many of the stories in this collection in other places; but lots were brand new to me. They also opened up some new insights into Neil Gaiman that I hadn't seen before. This collection highlights Gaiman's unique talent and masterful ability to tell a story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or Neil Gaiman?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is a collection of short stories, and poems, and thoughts. So really just not very well suited for Audible. Especially as there is no real table of contents. I had to go find the text to actually enjoy half of it, as I enjoyed the blurbs in the introductions detailing each story.

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Damn best week of delivering pizzas I've had sense

I loved it. been needing some good stories to pass the time since I finished the graveyard book. though I think the last story and the angel one should have switched to finish it off. neil gaiman does it again and leaves me wishing for more.
you won't regret it.

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  • LB
  • 05-17-16

"trigger warning" was better

as far as a collection of sorts be Neil Gaiman, I was a little disappointed by this after "Trigger Warning" which I utterly loved. I really liked a few of the stories in here, but some I struggled to get through, and some ended up skipping after a few minutes.

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Fantastic short stories

Fun short stories written by and read by Neil Gaiman. He is a fabulous narrator.

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Couldn't get through it

I usually really like short stories, especially of the creepy/bizarre variety. But this collection didn't do it for me. I thought a lot of the stories were boring and couldn't get into it. Oh well.

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  • D. Hile
  • Evans, GA United States
  • 08-28-17

Highs and not sures

All in all this is a good listen and there are some true gems in among the short stories. For the mechanics of listening there isn't a sufficient break between stories for one's mind to register the shift and the rather detailed froward about all the stories is too out of context in a listening format. It would be fine in a book. Most of the stories are fantastic Neil Gaiman and others it seems he his playing wth boundaries. This is probably better in short stories that in novel format. Some of the stories for Penthouse I ended up skipping over.

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A bit too strange.

I love Neil Gaiman work. However some of these short stories were a bit too short. There was a lot of story left untold in some of them.

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