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Little, Big Audiobook

Little, Big: or, The Fairies' Parliament

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Publisher's Summary

Edgewood - which is not found on any map - is many houses, all put inside each other or across each other. It’s filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment; the further in you go, the bigger it gets.

Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, travels from the City on foot to Edgewood, her family home. There he finds himself on the magical border of an otherworld.

Crowley’s work has a special alchemy - mixing the world we know with an imagined world that seems more true and real. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Little, Big is elegant, sensual, funny, and unforgettable. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss, of impossible things and unshakable destinies, and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

John Crowley is an American writer who has also worked in television and documentary films. His fantasy and science fiction have established him as a major voice in imaginative writing. His other novels include The Deep, Engine Summer, and Ægypt.

©1981 2010 by John Crowley; Edition 2010 by Ron Drummond (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A book that all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy.” (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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    "love it when authors read their own work."

    I love it when authors read their own work. I highly recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Landreth 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The sort of novel that reminds you of why you like novels"

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. The last time I read it was 20 years ago. Crowley's reading was perfect.

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    leah anderson Portland, Oregon United States 07-15-15
    leah anderson Portland, Oregon United States 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fairie Speculative Physics"
    If you could sum up Little, Big in three words, what would they be?

    The title really sums it up: Little, Big. Things that are little and big at the same time. The Little People. A world that is bigger on the inside. Really, you should just read it.


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

    This is a difficult book to read because the author writes with such subtly and poetry. Every little word has bigger, slightly unseen dimensions. Like other poetries, it improves when it is read outload. The reader does a great job sustaining the sense of wonder that animates the story. I regularly rewind to hear beautiful passages read again.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a strange American Gothic novel, an almost-historical fiction, or a kind of American Fairie story. Kissing cousins with Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralene 05-06-15
    Ralene 05-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Odd, enchanting, well-worth the investment of time"

    I can't say that I ripped through this book the way that I did Night Circus. But, like Night Circus, I have the feeling this book will stay alive in my imagination for a long time. This is a book about stories and how they change our lives and our worlds. Anyone who loves to read fantasy will see the influence this book has on authors in the twenty-first century (I read this book because Neil Gaiman said Crowley was a big influence for him).

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    E. G. Sisto nyc 01-22-15
    E. G. Sisto nyc 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story, beautifully written! And wonderful"

    Performance. Completely captivating!!!! Ignore criticisms! The reader, who us the author , did a job only he could do. Writing brought tears to my eyes many times.

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    Phil Ford 09-19-15
    Phil Ford 09-19-15
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    "not for everyone...."

    ... but for those for whom it is, it is beautiful. If it seems slow to you at first, consider that this book, like the house at Edgewood, is made of time

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    James Orlando, FL 09-11-15
    James Orlando, FL 09-11-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Beautiful for Words"

    Shirley's quiet, almost monotone voice coaxes out the deeper earnings of his beautiful, lyrical prose.

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    Aldebaran 12-14-14
    Aldebaran 12-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gobblydgook!"
    What disappointed you about Little, Big?

    Very hard to follow.


    What could John Crowley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not read it himself.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A professional narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I forced myself to listen to the entire book hoping that it would eventually make sense, but it did not. A fairy tale fantasy without a clear plot. Lots of beautiful language but vague and unfocused.

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    Emily 06-14-14
    Emily 06-14-14
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    "Couldn't finish it."
    Would you try another book from John Crowley and/or John Crowley?

    Maybe


    If you’ve listened to books by John Crowley before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Crowley?

    YES!!!


    What character would you cut from Little, Big?

    Dont know


    Any additional comments?

    I Think the story could have been great if it were narrated by someone that was not so monotoned. It needed some life. His voice and tone just grated on every fiber of my being. I couldn't finish the story.

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    Div Arlington, MA, United States 07-02-13
    Div Arlington, MA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "understated but compelling telling"
    Any additional comments?

    The author's narration is very calm and understated, but it suits the story well. Unfortunately a second narrator introduces each chapter in an annoying and thoroughly inappropriate sultry woman's voice.

    The story itself is fairly complicated, and keeping track of the many characters would have been easier with the help of the genealogical chart which supposedly comes with the print version. Given the number of subplots explored, I was very surprised that by the end of the book, what seems to be the central plot is actually never explained to the reader; we only glimpse it indirectly. Still, for a book about an otherworldly subject, I suppose it only makes sense that we don't get all the answers, and the journey was very enjoyable.

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    "probably better as a film"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    jumped from character and events without enough detail to follow what part each playedI had to keep replaying to clarify who was who


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ending was there one again lack of storyline


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    nothing jumps out


    Could you see Little, Big being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    yes this would improve and clarify the story probably by identifying or eliminating some unnecessary characters
    Special effects could be incredible


    Any additional comments?

    I usually love fantasy books but struggled with this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11/3/14
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    "Could not understand what this book is about"
    What disappointed you about Little, Big?

    I returned the book as I could not understand what was being presented. it seemed to jump from place to place.


    Has Little, Big put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I have enjoyed similar novels but just could not get to grips with this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Crowley’s performances?

    yes.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I had hoped for a story of mystery and magic but seemed only to get bits and pieces of information that made no sense to me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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