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Selected Shorts: Chivalry

By: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Christina Pickles
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Publisher's summary

Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry" performed by Christina Pickles. A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale.

Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC RADIO and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show, which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

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Perfect

This is just such a beautiful story. It has all of the Gaiman deep cuts, of knowledge-about-his-subject, but it’s levened with a gentleness not often found in his works.

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Delightful short story

I've listened to this story numerous times. It is funny, sweet and quirky all at once. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the mundane and fanciful. I also enjoy Ms Pickles smooth voice and phrasing.

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Perfect little story

Delightful story read to a live audience. Short and lovely. Sounds like it was on a radio show. The only problem is that she speaks very loudly at times and inaudibly whispers at others which does not suit my situation. It's late.at night and my husband is sleeping. I'm using headphones, jumping out of my skin and loosing more hearing during those loud bits! Otherwise great performance.

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Beautiful Short Story

Would you listen to Selected Shorts: Chivalry again? Why?

Yes!! I've listened to this story multiple times, and love it!! The characters are perfectly written, and the story is fresh and original. A quaint listen that is perfect for passing the time.

Which character – as performed by Christina Pickles – was your favorite?

My favorite character was Mrs Whitaker.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I even stayed in the car longer to finish the story, even after I'd reached my destination.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend! This story is only about 20-30 minutes in length and is a very sweet story to show that there's still some magic in the world. If you love Neil Gaiman and fairy tales, this is the book for you!

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Funny and Sweet

This was an adorable story of a widow who buys the Holy Grail. Lancelot comes looking for it as well. Mrs. Whittaker maintains her stoic British composure throughout. Funny and poignant, it makes you reflect on life. This is my introduction to Neil Gaiman and I will have to check out more of his works.

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Exceeded my expectations

I loved the print version and thought that there was no way an audio version could possibly top it. I was happily surprised.

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It's all a matter of perspective.

Good Omens was my second Neil Gaiman book (Don't Panic was first). This story seems to have a bit of Terry Pratchett hovering in the background, and that makes me smile.

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Perfection

This a favorite story of mine. I have read and listened to this and other versions of this one and I think that Christina Pickles reading enhances the story . It starts with lovingly descriptions of an ordinary life encountering the fantastic. Throughout there is love and respect for the characters and whimsy concerning the improbable situations. Wonderful twists to the story and an extremely satisfying conclusion. Perfect for young and old a like.