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Editor reviews

Eloquent, engrossing and fabulous – Stardust, written by award-winning English author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, is a modern fiction unabridged audiobook with hints of a contemporary fairytale, perfectly narrated by Gaiman himself. Now also a major Paramount Pictures film with a star-studded cast. This enchanting story is set at the very blossoming of the great Victorian era and follows the tale of one young man and his impossible quest to capture a shooting star in order to have the heart and the hand of his one true love. This book is immensely enjoyable. Download from Audible now.

Summary

In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

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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Critic reviews

"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)

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Brilliant Listen BUT

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I always enjoy Neil Gaiman and was happy to find one of his 'children's books for my daughter. Two sex scenes and the f word later and I think we can definitely say. While a fantastic fairy story it's not one for your eight your old to go to bed with. I have called Audible about their categorisation of this title.

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A proper fairy story

One of my favourite books, expertly read by one of my favourite authors. Stardust is one of my comfort blanket reads when I'm feeling a bit down. A proper old-fashioned fairy tale in that it deals with sex and death - if you've read the original Grimm's fairy tales then you will know that this is completely traditional and like all fairy tales it's actually about growing up and finding out who you really are. Unlike traditional fairy tales it's also funny and quirky and full of references to other stories. Also one small, entirely, justified bit of swearing if that sort of thing bothers you.

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Stardust - a pleasure from beginning to end!

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....

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Portia
  • Lichfield, United Kingdom
  • 16-08-11

Oh Neil, read my shopping list!

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

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia
  • DidcotUnited Kingdom
  • 26-11-09

Stardust

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.

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  • Emma
  • BrightonUnited Kingdom
  • 12-04-09

Great book with a weak ending

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!

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  • Ian
  • SheffieldUnited Kingdom
  • 01-02-09

A complete delight

This is a joy. Atmospherically read by the author, it just flows along in a rich and delightful story, full of twists and turns and underpinned by glorious imagination. Way more enjoyable than the film. It guarantees peaceful journeys if played in a car...!

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  • Carole
  • BELFAST, United Kingdom
  • 14-05-08

A perfect joy from beginning to end

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.

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Stardust

Awesome! I'm really happy with this. Loved it just as much as the film! Yay!

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Great book, read superbly!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like audiobooks that are read by the author, and Neil Gaiman read this very well. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

I'm not saying. Spoilers!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were plenty of laughs to be had during Stardust. There was some great dialogue and witty moments.

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This was the first Neil Gaiman book I've experienced, and now I'm moving straight on to another. I highly recommend it!

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  • Phil Sutherland
  • 10-06-17

Delicious

The book is a much more nuanced tale than the movie, but equally delightful and beautifully read.