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Stardust Audiobook

Stardust

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Why we think it's Essential: How nice that Neil Gaiman writes fairytales for adults. And how lucky for us that he tells the story in his own cackling, drawling, hissing, and murmuring voices. My commute, exercise regimen, and 21st century urban existence vanished as I was drawn into Gaiman's story of quest, romance, murder, and adventure. This is not Mother Goose - this is a wondrous world of magic glass, witches, ogres, and unicorns that I didn't want to leave. ?Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

Fantasy fan? Don't miss more from Neil Gaiman.

©1999 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Eminently readable, a charming piece of work." (Washington Post)
"An original and well-written fairy tale....This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters." (Library Journal)
"The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than 'happily ever after'." (School Library Journal)

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    C. Milliron 05-23-16
    C. Milliron 05-23-16
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    "I saw the movie first, this is better!"

    If you liked the movie you will love this story! Roll with the differences, and definitely listen to Neil Gaiman tell you about the many incarnations!

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    Jessica 04-28-16
    Jessica 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a magical fairy tale"

    as always, Neil Gaiman takes his readers on an incredible adventure in a world filled with strange and beautiful things. his narration is intoxicating and I'm left now in the vacuum of normalcy having finished this masterpiece. I highly recommend, especially for those who are in search of magic.

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    Bryan 03-05-16
    Bryan 03-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great fairy tale by Neil Gaiman"

    In short, you'll love this book if: you like love stories, fairy tales, or books written by Neil Gaiman.
    I don't care much for love stories or fairy tales (generally), but the writing is superb, so I loved it.
    It's always great when the author reads for the audiobook, like he did here, and I really enjoyed the interview at the end. I've already read 5 books by Neil Gaiman, I suppose I'm off to shop for another. :)

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    James McDermott 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing fairy tale for adults!"

    Do yourself a favor and get this!

    Gaiman is a delight to listen to read this adultish spin on the classic boy meets princess story. His attention to fun details really makes this read fun to listen to!

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    "Nice fairytale "

    Enjoyed this so much. Always nice when this author reads his work. Thanks NG. Very inspiring.

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    Allis 02-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "In love"

    ... with this book, the author, everything. This is by far my favorite Audio Book that I own and I am going to listen to it so many times. The interview with the Author included at the end is a fantastic bonus as well, I would love to see more of that in other ABs.

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    "Modern Adult Fairytale"

    Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that, no matter what he sets out to share with the world, is able to deftly illustrate worlds that inhabit your imagination for longer than a novel can ever be. Stardust is no different. One of my favorite novels he has written, read beautifully by the author himself as an almost comforting presence, a guide through his own work. I cannot recommend this, or any of his audiobooks highly enough.

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    Stacey 02-11-16
    Stacey 02-11-16
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    "Loved it!!!!"

    I originally watched the movie and saw that I could listen to the book on audible; so I have listened. It has been a wonderful ride. The author is a very talented narrator I enjoyed every word; each and every time I've listened to the book! And to the author if it's a good book even adults will listen more than once!

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    Platypus Man 01-24-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Neil Gaiman's Fairy Tale for Adults"

    Going in, all I knew of Stardust was the 2007 Charlie Cox/Claire Danes film which, frankly, I didn't like very much. I also didn't remember a lot of it (which was for the better when listening). But I've enjoyed some of Gaiman's other work and got a recommendation from a friend, so I went with this.

    First off, Neil Gaiman is a phenomenal narrator. If he weren't already a writer, he could easily make a living narrating others' books. But because he wrote it, it adds an air of interesting authenticity to every word -- you know nothing is mispronounced or oddly emphasized because the man saying them is the man who wrote it all in the first place. He knows his stuff.

    As to the story itself, it's simple enough in terms of plot - after all, it's basically a fairy tale written for adults. So there's adventure, magic, heroes, and villians, but also sex and a few violent scenes. But nothing that goes too far or feels out of place. Basically, boy from the village next to the magical realm sees a star fall, promises to his crush that he'll get it in exchange for her hand in marriage, but when he gets there the star is a woman. And of course he's not the only one who wants the star.

    But this story isn't about plot. It's about how the plot is told. Gaiman's prose feels extremely poetic at times and always manages to paint a beautiful picture of the magical scenes going on. And so much of the story isn't about the exciting plot points where the characters do important things, it's about the journeys between them.

    So it's probably not for everyone. Some listeners may not like the magical conveniences in the story or the relatively simple characters. But I very much enjoyed it.

    It's a bit shorter than many audiobooks I've listened to, but I'm ok with that. It knew its story and didn't pad it out. After the book is over, there is a brief (~20 minutes) interview with Gaiman about the origin of the book and some extra info about its other incarnations. Nothing you can't find online these days, but still an interesting addition.

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    Ray 01-21-16
    Ray 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So much fun"
    Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Stardust is pretty excellent. Probably in my top 3.


    What other book might you compare Stardust to and why?

    It reminded me a bit of The Night Circus with a lighter tone.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He sounded very natural. I had worried about an author reading their own work--not a professional voice actor, after all--but was pleasantly surprised.


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