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Stardust: The Gift Edition Audiobook

Stardust: The Gift Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester - even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man's life.

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman comes a tale of the dark and miraculous - a quest for true love and the utterly impossible.

©2012 Neil Gaiman (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Haley 03-01-15
    Haley 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best narrations I've experienced"

    Do you know how sometimes you hear a story and a few days after it's over, you're still stuck in that world? That's my experience with Stardust. It's an imaginative and lovely adult fairytale with glorious prose, and it will leave you wishing we had more adult fairytales like this one. By the end of the story, the characters have more depth than in a typical fairytale, which I appreciated. That said, it's not my all-time favorite story.

    Gaiman's narration is a huge part of the reason why I'm still thinking of Stardust two days after finishing it. It's magnificent. Each character has his/her own voice, and there's just something so pleasant--for lack of a better word--about the performance. It's exciting and entertaining, but the general narration (not characters' voices) is still somehow soft, like in a bedtime story. (I'm probably about to buy everything Gaiman has ever narrated.)

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 01-10-14
    Ryan 01-10-14 Member Since 2016

    I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.

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    "An Adult Fairytale"

    Awesome. The gift edition with the added interview at the end is definitely worth it. One of my favorite stories of all time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew United States 02-01-15
    Matthew United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story. Great Narrator"

    Anyone apprehensive about an author reading their own work should put their worries to rest. Gaiman is a great reader, and the story is magical, indeed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 01-09-14
    Gayle 01-09-14
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    "Charming"

    Although I am not particularly a fan of fairy tales, I was intrigued by the sample and was not disappointed. The author/narrator related this charming tale delightfully.

    The special edition comments by and interview with the author were interesting. An appreciated bonus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clara 12-07-15
    Clara 12-07-15
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    "Excellent Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but I think this may be the first time that I prefer the movie to the book. The movie has a more satisfying ending for both the father and son, and has more depth to the characters we encounter along the way. We get an answer with the witches story, know the lightening pirates more (or know them as pirates at all), and we get a few more laughs along the way. However, I don't think any of those changes are in line with Neil Gaiman's style: he seems to be all about unusual, somewhat unsatisfying endings, nothing tied up neatly, whereas I prefer a somewhat deeper level of closure. All in all, an excellent story that I would definitely read again.Side note: If you're expecting the same level of relative innocence as the movie had, be prepared. Tristan's conception is a bit more detailed than you would think, if you've seen the movie. No closed doors there!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-15-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2017

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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    "A good adventure."

    This is my first book by Neil Gaiman, I enjoyed it enough that I will read more of his work in the future. Although this is supposed to be an adventurous romance story, there was only a little romance to it. But there was lots of adventure even if the ending was anticlimactic. I went home and watched the movie right after listening to this and I like the ending on that version better. As for this being an Adult fairytale, it was pretty tame. This was one of those books that I bought on my kindle and then purchased the whispersync version and only paid around $5 for both. Usually when an author narrates his own book it doesn't work out, but Neil Gaiman could easily get a second job as a narrator for audible he was good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 07-26-17
    Ben 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great edition read by the author"

    This is the first book I have listened to that is read by the author. Throughout I thought about how this is how he imagines his own story, the most proper way one can hear it. (Semi-spoler ahead) In the interview at the end he says this, but also that his way is not necessarily correct which is one of the benefits of reading. I truly enjoyed the magical yet very adult world he has created and plan on another Gaiman book right away.

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    Benjamin Balutis 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A master of art"

    Neil Gaiman creates such a vivid world - the storyteller of many generations. When I get an audio book that's read by him I'm obsessed, I can't put it down. Going back to one of his older novels, Stardust, it's fun to see the development of his voice and stories. If I ever meet him I won't be able to thank him enough for putting magic in my life.

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    Leah 07-24-17
    Leah 07-24-17
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    "Amazing book"

    It is always a pleasure to listen to a Neil Gaiman book. Thank you Neil.

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    Calgary L 07-17-17
    Calgary L 07-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Adult-ish Fairy Tale"

    This is a good story with interesting characters. As always, Neil Gaiman does a great job of narrating his work. My only, very minor, complaint is that it is 99.9% appropriate for older kids and tweens. There are two sexual scenes, not terribly explicit and quite nicely written, but not something I want my 10 and 12 year old listening to. However, each scene was only 2 min long, and we were able to skip them without much fuss (just glad I had listened to the work prior to letting the kids listen.) There is also a bit of graphic violence, but not terribly out of keeping with what is around nowadays.

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