Stardust is now a Paramount Pictures film starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, David Walliams, Ricky Gervais, and Peter O'Toole. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn and adapted for the screen by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman.
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"Gaiman's silver-tongued narration vividly brings this production to life. Like the bards of old, Gaiman is equally proficient at telling tales as he is at writing them, and his pleasant British accent feels like a perfect match to the material." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a complete pleasure! Neil Gaiman reads his own work beautifully, he has a particularly nice voice, and adds a nuance that is often lacking in audiobook narration. If you saw the film and liked it, then this fills in all the gaps. The ending is different to the film (and all the better for it). I even went out and bought a copy of the book!
So now I want to get more Neil Gaiman stuff, and sadly Audible don't have that much. Requests please for Coraline and Neverwhere....
Neil Gaiman, reading his own work. Wonderful. I quickly fell in love with him as the narrator, I believe he could read my shopping list and it would take on subtle new tones of mystery, menace and magic. Such a pity more of his work isnt available, read by him.
A lovely, light fairytale for grown ups and superior to the film. Thank you Mr Gaiman
Fabulous to hear the full story, in the author's own voice. My only complaint (as I listen as I fall asleep) is that there are one or two incongruous sound effects plus an interview at the end that is louder than the main story.
This is the first Gaiman book I have listened to. I found the beginning as bit slow, but it quickly picked up pace and I found myself wanting to listen to it as often as I could. It seemed to come to an abrupt and unsatisfactory end though, as if the author was a bit fed up with it and just wanted to wrap everything up.
The ending did not do justice to the rest of the book. It was worth listening to though. I am about to start listening to 'fragile things' so we'll see how I do with that!
I really enjoyed this book - I'm always nervous about trying new authors and formats, but this was worth the effort! Neil Gaiman is a delight to listen to reading his own work, the atmosphere is compelling and draws you in. I would not describe myself as a lover of fairy tales, but this had me hooked!
You can't get better that an artist presenting his own work! Neil Gaiman's voice brings his characters to life delightfully without overshadowing the story. The interview with Neil at the end was an unexpected pleasure and gives another perspective to his work and the creation of the audio book.
We have really enjoyed this book, we enjoyed the film and the book is better. My rather large reservation is that while we were listening as a family (it is under the children section) we had to stop it due to a couple of obvious sexual references which embarrassed our older daughter and caused unnecessary questions from our younger one. This would be more appropriate under a different section in the categories particularly with a film tie in which is appropriate for children.
Although this is the shortest of the audiobooks in my library it is also my favourite. I have listened to it many, many times and can start with pleasure from any point. It is indeed a treat to hear such a talented storyteller reading his own work. However (although I'm interested in what Neil Gaiman says) I find the interview as the final chapter (12) a real drawback. It always jars and spoils the end and wakes me if I've fallen asleep. Would prefer it at the beginning, or as an optional section.
Neil Gaiman's imagination is prolific. Characterisation and plot are very good. Wall is a great metaphor for the line between this earthbound existence and the world of imagination. There are plenty of well drawn characters and lots of twisting plot lines. The humour is dry and the development of the romance is the better for it. The differences between the book and the film means that both can be enjoyed for their own stories but similar enough to feel connected to the characters.
If you like a story to entertain rather than educate then you won't go wrong with this: there is mystery, love, magic- both good and bad-and a hero whose destiny is not what he expects. I am a fan of Neil Gaiman and I know this story well so to have it read to me by an excellent narrator is icing on the cake!
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