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Publisher's Summary

Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King.

These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

©2006 Neil Gaiman (P)2006 Headline Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Gaiman has a deft touch for surprise and inventiveness, and there are inspired moments." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Gaiman again proves himself a perverse romantic, heir not only to Poe and Baudelaire but to the breathless Pre-Raphaelites....The collection also boasts lush prose...and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories. Expect the unexpected. Then savor the luscious chills." ( Kirkus)

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Confusing

Although Neil Gaimon is one of my favourite authors, Fragile Things was not one of my favourite audiobooks. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep track of where one story ended and another began. There were no obvious breaks and I just kept getting lost. I eventually gave up trying to listen and bought the book in paper.

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Hard to listen to

Hard stories to listen to. They're packed with info for one thing. And there aren't good breaks between stories. I often wondered if I was still on the previous story or a new one.

Still, there are some excellent stories in here, and I thoroughly enjoyed some. The author also has an excellent voice, which was a pleasure to listen too.

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Amazing as both an author and a narrator.

I love Neil Gaiman's works so cute and dark. An amazing mix of short stories from a great author.

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  • Tracey
  • 10-31-08

Absolutely wonderful

Neil Gaiman is an amazing author, and these short stories show the vast versatility of his writing. Stories of the supernatural, the weird and the wicked, I defy anyone to not enjoy this collection. For similar entertainment, check out Joe Hill's '20th Century Ghosts'.

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  • Hannah
  • 12-23-12

For those who wish for twists and turns

I have loved Neil's work for many many years and this doesn't disappoint. Strange tales some unknown and some that ring bells but have unexpected endings.



This is short stories for grown ups. Smart intelligent some time funny often strange but always good.

Word of warning if you are listing to this rather than reading it I would suggest NOT falling asleep whilst you listen as you end up with some very strange dreams!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

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  • Ben
  • 12-04-14

Classics

Would you consider the audio edition of Fragile Things to be better than the print version?

The nuances that Neil puts into the reading reaslly held to bring the stories to life, his flow and style are fantastic making the stories really gripping.

What other book might you compare Fragile Things to, and why?

His story style reminds me of the brothers grim, not all stories are best before bed.

Any additional comments?

Like all his books this collection of shorts does not disappoint, for a fan this is a must. An if you have never listened to any of his works, this is a great place to start.

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  • Mark
  • 08-08-15

confusing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, in reality I skipped some stories.

Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

I have heard several and this does not rank high. I enjoyed the 1st story about sherlock holmes and the strange and weird Mr Alice and Mr Smith but the rest seemed to be beautifully worded rambling

If this book were a film would you go see it?

The sherlock holmes story yes and the Mr smith book but that would never get into film with that plot detail

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed about 20% or less of these stories.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-03-15

lots of talking to dead folks ..

No one explores other modes of being like Le Guin, but no one weaves other modes of existence into our reality than Gaiman. Brilliant.

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  • DoodleHead
  • 07-22-13

It's all good stuff but...

What made the experience of listening to Fragile Things the most enjoyable?

The stories are up to the usual standard and the performance is good. The only thing is that with all of these collections of Neil Gaiman's stories, they are so often repeated in each collection. Rather disappointing.

Any additional comments?

How about an anthology of Neil Gaiman's short stories to date? Then there would be no repeats!

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  • Mrs Michaela Pelosi
  • 02-01-18

Great

Strange and spooky stories. Really enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman!

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  • Milena Bregnhøj
  • 01-08-18

Great collection of stories

Wonderfully read by the author. A good mix of stories some haunting, some fun and some heartwarming.

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  • mls
  • 08-22-17

Flawless!

This book is morbid, mind boggling and amazingly well read the short stories are well written original and have a lush and deep meaning and of course written absolutely perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-17

hit and miss

short stories a bit hit and miss, but the hits are very good and the misses are ok narration is good.

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  • Vikki
  • 10-16-17

Marvelous adventures

I love the sound of Neil Gaiman's voice. Which probably sounds bias but his elocution of the English language is magic. He’s characters in each story sound so believable. This book is easy to get listen to as most stories are short so you can pick it up easily where ever you left off. Pure adult fairytales truly great entertainment.