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Publisher's Summary

Here are stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you.

Best-selling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that will chill or amuse readers and that always embrace the unexpected. Included are:

  • "The Case of the Four and 20 Blackbirds"
  • "Troll Bridge"
  • "Don't Ask Jack"
  • "How to Sell the Ponti Bridge"
  • "October in the Chair"
  • "Chivalry"
  • "The Price"
  • "How to Talk to Girls at Parties"
  • "Sunbird"
  • "The Witch's Headstone"
  • "Instructions"
  • ©2007 Neil Gaiman (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

    Critic Reviews

    "Science fiction and fantasy fans will find much to delight them in this wealth of finely crafted stories." ( Children's Literature)

    What listeners say about M is for Magic

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    It's only OK

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The stories and narration by Niel Gaiman are, as always, beyond fantastic, but you would be better off buying "Fragile Things" which contains all the good short stories from M is for Magic and more.

    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Mr. Gaiman's short stories, especially October in the Chair. I find them all delightful.

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    great for all ages

    this collection of short stories is wonderful for all ages; I liked most of the stories very much, and I really do like the reading by Mr. Gaiman; he really makes the stories come alive; I can imagine him telling them to his children the same way; really a nice little romp in fantasy; not too dreadful, and some very funny; great fun; not really what I think of as a children's book.

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    A Very Nice Grouping

    Lots of wonderful stories and poems. Compiled for children but a very good listen at any age.

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    creepy and satisfying

    Kids stories for grownups. I liked everyone of the stories which where both creepy and original at the same time...Maybe too spooky for younger children

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    A delight

    You just can't do better than Gaiman. Delightful, witty stories, good narration, just plain fun!

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    E is for Excellent

    This is an excellent book! I loved the wonderful verbage and It was expertly read. A new favorite!

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    My Introduction to Neil Gaiman

    This was my first time reading Neil’s writing and I loved it!! I have bought a few more of his audible short stories to listen to as well!!

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    Listened to it over and over again

    Neil Gaiman is a Great narrator of his stories!! Some stories were harder to follow than others but all were imaginative and entertaining.

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    not for children

    I found this collection of short stories very 'hit or miss'- I either really liked the story or really didn't, and not being a fan of Jazz music I really wasn't impressed with the Jazz interludes that separated every story (I wish they'd have been sectioned as 'chapters' so that I could just click past them). Neil Gaiman does his usual great job of narrating- except in the first selection where he tries to put on a fake accent (think film noir detective) and fails miserably. Most of the stories have some adult content (language or situations) but nothing too graphic. While Gaiman claims that collections such as Bradbury's "R is for Rocket" were inspirations for his "M is for Magic" this series is not written for the same age range as Bradbury's. That said, as I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman, I'm glad I purchased this audiobook and will undoubtedly listen to some of the selections over and over (I especially enjoyed "Chivalry" and "The Price").

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    Anything and Everything

    Anything written by Neil Gaiman has a whiff of magic and a touch of the supernatural, while everything read by Neil Gaiman carries his own particular sense of the story, including a hint of dry humor when appropriate.

    The stories in this book are charming and the scary bits are only a little scary; they are meant to make you think, not tremble in your bed at night.

    I think this book should be classified under the "if you're old enough to read, you're old enough to read this." And don't think you're too old to read them. These stories have a timeless character to them that will appeal to everyone.