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  • The View from the Cheap Seats

  • Selected Nonfiction
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad nonfiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, beautiful and always funny

  • By Josh McCullough on 23-09-16

Life affirming and brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-16

Would you listen to The View from the Cheap Seats again? Why?

Neil Gaiman's The View From the Cheap Seats is funny, wise, sometimes distressing and always absorbing. Brilliant

What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His delivery.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,909

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

Epic yet intimate story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you listen to American Gods again? Why?

Yes, it has much to enjoy, with many layers it stands up to multiple listenings.

What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

Possibly Joyce's Ulysses in terms of scope and depth.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I kept thinking this is my favorite scene, until I read the next one! eventually I ran out of scenes... I suppose if I had to choose one it would be where Shadow removes the events of the afternoon from the policeman's memory, and gives him peace of mind, whilst still ensuring the families of the murdered children would get closure.

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

Yes! but just not enough hours in the day.

Any additional comments?

Neil Gaiman's writing just gets better and more assured he has such a unique and distinguished voice which is crystal clear in American Gods.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

Possibly my favourite book ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, moving, remarkable

Who was your favorite character and why?

the unnamed narrator. I identify with him, and, strangely, have had some similar experiences.

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to An Evening with Neil and Amanda, his speech to art graduates and I am currently listening to American Gods. If they gave Oscars for voice acting on Audio-books Neil's performance on The Ocean at the end of the Lane, would be the winner!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the narrator realizes that all three women are one and the same.

Any additional comments?

This is easily one of the best books I have read in my 53 years. Magical, poignant and profound. I can't recommend it highly enough.