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Arvind Ethan David

About the Writer and Producer

Arvind Ethan David is a writer and producer of film, television, theatre, comics and now audio drama.
David’s career began at high school, when he adapted the cult Douglas Adams novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as his school play—and the legendary author came to see the production and endorsed it as the official adaptation. David’s adaptation has been published by Samuel French, and has been in constant performance around the world for the last 20 years.
David wrote the Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency comic series for 3 years and went on to executive produce the critically acclaimed cult TV series for Netflix & BBC America. His latest graphic novel, Gray, is a feminist, reimagined telling of the Oscar Wilde classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, will be published in June 2021.
In theatre, David is a lead producer on Broadway’s 15-time Tony-nominated and Grammy-winning Jagged Little Pill the musical, based on the seminal Alanis Morissette album.
David has produced eight feature films, including the British hit comedy The Infidel and the Asian Academy Award-winning The Garden Of Evening Mists. David’s company Prodigal Inc has a first look deal with Warner Media and J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot.
David lives in California with his wife Janine N’jie David and their daughter Odetta.

About the Performer

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author and creator of books, graphic novels, short stories, film, and television for all ages, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The View from the Cheap Seats, and The Sandman comic series. His fiction has received many awards and honors including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. Gaiman was the writer and showrunner for the mini-series adaptation of Good Omens, based on the book he co-authored with Sir Terry Pratchett, and for which he won the Hugo Award and Ray Bradbury Award for Screenwriting. His novel American Gods has been adapted to a critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated TV series. In 2017, he became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

About the Performer

Discovered at an early age, Jewel Staite has been acting for years on shows and films such as Liar, Liar, The Odyssey, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and The X-Files. Her cult fandom was secured in 2002 when she accepted the role of Kaylee Frye in Joss Whedon’s Fox television series Firefly (2002) and its spin-off theatrical film Serenity (2005). She is also known for her role as Jennifer Keller on Sci-Fi Channel's science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2007), The Magicians (2019), and Family Law (2021), among much else.

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Delightful, but read Neil’s books first

First of all, this book is actually narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. It’s tragic that he doesn’t do more narration, because both his acting and his voice is amazing.

And second, this is a delightful short story with both a cute story and plenty of meta-commentary for Gaiman fans.

That said, if you are not already a fan of Neil's, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this as much. There are many references to his other works and if you are not familiar with them then some of the story will be lost on you.


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Fun quick listen

A short, eye-opening little story to encourage people to be aware of the issues linked with isolation and how negatively it can affect you, if you let it.

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An absolute treat for Neil fans!!

Loved this!! Its short (barely an hour long) but incredibly fun and engaging. The mystery (no spoilers) as to why popular Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman (yes THE Neil as the title suggests) finds himself suddenly and inexplicably stuck in a tiny derelict space craft at the end of the known universe with only a sarcastic A.I. (voiced by Firefly's Jewel see) as his only company.
Even casual fans of the author should take a chance in this beautifully crafted love letter to the author and his works while simultaneously weaving a wonderful allegory about depression, mental illness and recovery. 5 ⭐ all around.

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now I want to read Neil Gaiman

interesting, fun short story. I'm not particularly smart or perceptive. a part of me thinks the whole idea behind this was to get readers to read more Neil Gaiman. well it worked on me. maybe I should read some Arvind Ethan David as well.

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Quick, quirky, fun

There is not a better person who could have read this than the man himself. It's truly a delight, and well worth checking out. The ending is abrupt, but it's like having to end a really great lunch with a well known friend.

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Interstellar Meditation

Props first to the author, Arvind Ethan David, for a fracking great story. I floated alongside maybe-Neil, drifting through the space up above and the space between my ears. It’s such a good story that you can feel the Real-Neil’s admiration as he performs it. The production was also epic...just enough background sound and song to create a peaceful headspace. Much love all around. Thank you.

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Thirty Minutes

I thoroughly enjoyed these 30 well spent minutes. But then, I always enjoy time spent in the company of Gainman's worlds. Delightful. Entertaining.

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Excellent

Well written as only a master wordsmith would. You’re missing out if you pass this one by/

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A fun and quick listen

I really appreciated the production value of the book. It was fun being dropped into outer space with the lost astronaut and being alongside as he figured out what was his situation.

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Good short story

Good short story touching on depression and loneliness. Already recommended it to a friend. Give it a listen.

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  • Rox454
  • 04-10-21

I expected too much, but a good performance

I enjoy Neil Gaiman's books and was excited about a short space adventure especially with Arvind Nathan Davies involvement and the work he did with Dirk Gently which am also a huge fan.
There were times where I felt this was more of an advert to sell more books while also looking at the importance of story telling during lockdown. I bought this at half price and I still feel like maybe that was too much for 29 minutes. this feels like it should have been included with membership on off podcast. the performance is it's redeeming quality Neil Gaiman playing himself was very good and the effects of the ship were immersive.

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  • Dr G.
  • 09-25-21

Not really a story

Not really a story. Great point that reading books or listening to them helps enormously, helps people not to feel isolated, but it’s not really a story.

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  • Dead Books
  • 01-13-22

Neil Gaiman Fan 543712

I probably wouldn't have listened to this if it wasn't NG infused and inspired. I'll probably check out more of A.E David

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  • D. B. Hubert
  • 05-09-22

Witty short...

... splendidly performed and included in the plus catalogue. Only leaves me wishing for more.

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  • Liz
  • 05-04-22

remember it's not written by Mr Gaiman

brilliant.
Mr Gaiman does an amazing performance in what I guess is fan fiction.
totally worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

Nice short story for Neil Gaimen fans

I enjoyed the idea behind this short story and all the references to Neil's books. Wouldn't have spent a credit on it but happy to listen as part of Plus Catalogue

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  • Billy Liddell
  • 04-11-22

This is nothing.

This is nothing.
Not bad to listen to a couple of voice actors in dialogue but nothing outwith that.

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  • Tim Bagwell
  • 03-21-22

Fun

Quite a fun little story that is well performed and keeps you engaged. Nice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-22

quick and engaging

short introduction.

introduction into an odyssey, of possible tomorrow and today. brief history - ⏰️.
🍅💙🚭🔩♐🌈🐧

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  • Peck25
  • 03-04-22

Fun, little story

Two voices I love to hear, telling a fun short story that I was slightly surprised to find Neil hadn't written.

Loved the little Firefly nod too :)

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  • Toast
  • 09-17-21

I liked it

Interesting short sci-fi story which benefited from Neil Gaiman’s narration. I thought the multiple narrators played well off each other.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-21

Close your eyes and listen picture the words

Love books that have effects close your eyes while listening to the book and try and picture the motions of what he is reading if that makes sense

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  • MadHatter
  • 05-17-22

Short, but brilliant

I loved everything about this short story. It was funny and interesting.
The narration and sound effects were perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

short and sweet

it was very fun and now I want to read more of Neil's books.

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  • Drexill
  • 03-27-22

a great SciFi short story

really well produced and performed. short enough to listen to in one sitting. I recommend this one, ticks all the boxes for me

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  • dhardy
  • 01-21-22

Cool story, has bad language

Narrator did a good job.
I enjoyed the story but wasn’t too keen on the bad language. It would’ve been nice to share it with my kid.

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  • Gege
  • 01-10-22

Gotta Listen

Just loved it. Bit strange it is. Oh yes, that's right, it's Gaiman. Of course!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

great listen

fantastic short story that has a meaningful ending. I would listen again. well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Great story, disappointing finish.

Kinda makes me miss the original story at the end, would've loved to see where it went if the story didnt end the way it did. Loved the astronaut parts, not the twist. But great narration by Neil.

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  • David Maher
  • 12-14-21

And then he awoke.....

A bit of a tired and overused storyline. well read / acted, but a bit short and disappointing overall.