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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: "When Steve and I talked about the ideal voice for M, he suggested Holter Graham….because 'Holter’s handling of the Minotaur’s grunt was PERFECT. Exactly what I heard in my head.'"

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love. "Sherrill also insinuates other mythological beasts - the Hermaphroditus, the Medusa - into the story, suggesting how the Southern landscape is shadowed by these myths. The plot centers around the Minotaur's feelings for Kelly, a waitress who is prone to epileptic fits. Does she reciprocate his affections? As the reader might expect, the course of interspecies love never does run smooth." (Publishers Weekly) Steven Sherrill created the artwork used for the audiobook edition of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2000 Steven Sherrill (P)2011 John F. Blair Publisher

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  • Rebecca
  • DARLINGTON, MD, United States
  • 02-21-12

Unexpected Treasure

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

I recommend this book to anyone willing to listen to me....it's that good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Minotaur, I found him to be complex. So many years of existence rolled into one contemporary real life situation.

Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

Again, the Minotaur. The performance was excellent. Very nuanced. I felt as though I could find this character working at one of the restaurants in my small town.

If you could rename The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel, what would you call it?

Haven't given it any thought.

Any additional comments?

My husband and I listened to this book on our trip home, from Nashville, TN to Darlington, MD. It was all so oddly fitting...which to me is a good thing.

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Thank you Neil Gaiman

Where does The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very well done production. I think this series was a wonderful idea.

Any additional comments?

So worthy of an audio version.

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  • Yvonne
  • Newfield, NY, United States
  • 02-09-12

Beautifully written

Enjoyed this story very much! very detailed and almost picturesque. A sensitive description of the relationship of a modern minotaur and his world around him. Loved it. Read it. Absolutely beautifully written.

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  • danni
  • Sointula, BC, Canada
  • 01-26-12

Minotaur as Everyman

Good book on so many levels. It's an interesting world, sympathetic characters, true art, plus great laughs.

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  • Francine
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-23-12

Hat off to the narrator

What did you love best about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

How did Holter Graham narrate this tale without bursting out laughing every few seconds. The story was so so for me, although the idea was quite original, but the narration was awesome!!!

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  • Jessica
  • LAFAYETTE, IN, United States
  • 01-21-12

Interesting and unique

I really enjoyed the Minotaur. His character was unique and compelling and real. The narrator was perfect for the story. I would highly recommend this book, even to non-scifi readers.

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Unexpected joy!

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.

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when will it happen?

I liked the story but I wished something happend. I think I would have preferd the older Menitor, not the one worn down by time.

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It could have been good

Not much of a story, rather pointless. Sorry I listened to it. The best thing about the whole experience was the narrator, he did the best he could with the little he had to work with.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The author is a pervert who over-uses adjectives

I decided to give this book a listen based off the funny sounding title and the sample clip provided. I was looking for a new book that would offer a little silly humor and the first couple of chapters were pretty interesting. I was pulled into the book even more because I myself am just as socially inept as the Minotaur. This didn't last for more then 7 or 8 chapters though.

After the 8th chapter it felt like the author didn't know where he wanted to take the story and a lot of it seemed rather pointless. Then it got weird with the homosexuality and the graphic sexuality (Bestiality?) There were a few chapters that were only sentences long in length which I didn't understand the point of. Another compliant is some of the story didn't make a lot of sense. The ending was really weird too. It seemed more like the author was writing about an event in his life then a fictional story. One thing that I kept wondering about while listening was how the author goes into great detail about the success of the restaurant and the job duties of the employees, but always seems to make it seem filthy and disgusting.


I think this book would be half the length if the the author didn't use so many adjectives. It's like he lacked the skill to create a world in detail so he just used a bunch of adjectives to describe everything instead of creating a detailed world in the way an author like Tom Clancy would.

Overall I think the book was decent, not one I'd listen to again though. The narrator was pretty good and I think the grunt was perfect. I found myself trying to imitate him when the obvious parts for it came up. There were a few parts in the story where he overdid it and read with a little too much emotion though.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful