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Stardust: The Gift Edition

Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,388 ratings)
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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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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 01-15-14

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.

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A fairytale I will tell my children.

First off I would listen to Neil Gaiman reading a shopping list, his voice is amazing. The book was truly magical and full of wanderlust. I found myself lost in this beautiful piece of literature quite frequently. I adored every minute of the journey through Fairy. The characters were beautifully written and intriguing. Honestly I want you to just experience it so I don’t want to discuss to much of what happened, just trust me when I say it is amazing. I highly recommend listening to this on audiobook for the most magical experience.

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Great Adult Fairy Tale

Overall, the story is so enjoyable. Neil Gaiman creates a magical story but still allows you to use your imagination to fill in the blanks.

There were parts I liked better in the movie that I can't really go into without spoilers. But still, our book club loved this book. Note: This is not meant for kiddos, but is still very tasteful.

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Absolutely phenomenal

A wonderful fairy tale, beautifully narrated. I feel like I could live in Wall for the rest of my life and never tire of it.

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It's Neil Gaiman, nothing more needs to be said.

But as a review must consist of 15 words or more, I will write more. I loved this book, I've seen the movie a few times, and it is a little different from the book. They are both wonderful.