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Summary

Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle star in a brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Eleanor Bron.

Challenged to retrieve a fallen star, Tristran Thorn leaves the sleepy English village of Wall and crosses into the land of Faerie and the realm of Stormhold. Locating the star, he discovers it is no meteorite but a young woman, Yvaine.

When Yvaine evades him and escapes, Tristran discovers he is not the only one in pursuit of the star: there are dark forces in this magical land, and he must find Yvaine before she falls into their clutches. As he does so, Tristran will uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.

Directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, and featuring over 35 minutes of unbroadcast material, this stunning new dramatisation boasts an extensive cast including Frances Barber, Maggie Steed, Nicholas Boulton, Blake Ritson, Bryan Dick, Charlotte Riley, Aisling Loftus, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Alex Macqueen, Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle. There are also cameo appearances by Tori Amos and Neil Gaiman. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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  • MFW
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 28-02-17

Always a brilliant story

I've heard and seen several versions of this story, it never fails to make me love it and this is no exception, good performances from a good cast telling a great story, anything that Dirk Maggs does is good.

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enchanting<br />

loved the way this was dramatised beautifully acted and the story and pace was perfect the way Neil always seems to effortlessly achieve
highly recomended

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A good listen

A great short audio drama from the BBC. even if your familiar with the movie this is worth a listen. high recommend

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Excellent

Much better than the movie this is fast paced and doesn't drag like the movie although I wish I hadn't listened in one sitting as now it's finished

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Amazingly performed

This audiobook is a joy to listen to - incredibly well performed, including a host of brilliant narrators for each character (complete with accents, and clear pronounciation and enunciation), and even sound effects for the story! I couldn't believe it when it was over :(

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Beautiful

Another brilliant dramatisation from BBC radio 4. The acting was superb, the sound effects simply transports to the world of stardust and the story itself is intriguing and entertaining

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A bit much fairytale-y

Very good performance! I would've liked the unabridged version but the performance in this was very satisfactory. Some moments where the characters described events out loud in a very unnatural way, but otherwise were very into their characters.

The story started off good and exciting but became way too sweet towards the end.

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The narrator has a really captivating voice.

A lovely story, brilliantly told. Listened to this magical tale as a festive treat and enjoyed it.

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lose your self in this fantasy

totally amazing audio book which I really loved to come back to every night.... 100%%

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Short but sweet

An extremely abreviated but still entertaining retelling of Stardust. The actors are good, but since the script is so truncated it often feels as if the character- and relationship-development happens to quickly.

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  • D. Craven
  • 09-02-17

Another Brilliant Realization

It is, admittedly, hard to produce a bad show when you are faithful to great source material. And the source material is great. But so to is this production. The voice actors are wonderful at bringing their parts to life. The sound effects and the like are great. One can almost smell the marketplace. The producers had the sense to stay true to the source material and the result is a true winner. The only downside of any of these wonderful BBC/Neil Gaiman productions is that they seem to end too quickly.

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  • Sami Sion Haggood
  • 12-07-17

A Wonderful Adaptation

I love Neil Gaiman's works with all of my heart. And in this heart, a special place is there for Stardust. I've read the novel, the graphic novel, watched the movie, and have now listened to the audio performance. It was simply marvelous. I wish the sky pirates had gotten more attention but I can overlook that easily. And thanks to the narrator (one of my favorite performances) the subtle details that made reading this story so enchanting were also there. Specifically, my favorite line in the whole book made it which featured an unlucky mouse on the search for the Nut of Wisdom. Gaiman's most fanciful tale found a fantastic place to land... Or crash rather. And if you're a fan of mature fairy tales, intelligent prose, and stunning full cast productions, then buy this now. If you're already a fan of Gaiman and especially of Stardust, I don't need to tell you that. You already own it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-17

Wonderful

An absolute beautiful story and the performance is incredible. The voicing and production is exactly what I hear in my head when I read this.

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  • FalchionM
  • 04-04-17

Star-studded topaz beauty.

This full cast production simplifies the edges of the story, & is ultimately satisfying in the ending scene they kept from the book. Incredibly poignant & beautiful, a little sad. But that is how life is. You live for the small joys in between. I enjoyed this book throughly.

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  • scentia
  • 04-02-17

brought to life!

So much better than the video version, enthralling and beautifully crafted, I didn't want it to end. Sigh, on to more Gaiman!

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  • June7
  • 17-06-18

Good old fairytale and good old radio-play

I grew up on radio-plays, my mother did not read bedtime stories but put on the cassette with a full cast play on it.
This presentation of Stardust reminded me of those evenings.
The performances, the voices selected are wonderful and clear, the background noises just perfect to convey the illusion. It is like I was watching a movie. Bear in mind the story is only broadly parallel with the real movie with Claire Danes starring. I have not read the book but don't want to either, I am satisfied with this version.
So 5+ stars on all!!

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  • Tabi
  • 02-03-18

Great recording.

Great recording. Loved the story and the narration. The variety of voice actors really brought the story to life.

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  • Villie
  • 25-11-17

Love it!

Amazing performance! I loved every second of it. Well done to everyone involved. Tori Amos' part was a nice little surprise!

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  • Jonathon Horel
  • 11-10-17

Stardust

A rare production in which the abridgement loses little to nothing of the text and the entire cast is brilliantly suited to its various parts. I have listened to this one several times and can continue doing so; it's wonderful each and every time.

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  • Dave
  • 29-08-17

Shimmer and Shine

Stardust is a charming and brief respite for all the epic fantasy series and doorstoppers crowding the genre. Like the book it is based on, this adaptation kind of sneaks up on you in a delightful way. All the best parts from the novel are here, and the elegant pace with which Gaiman and Maggs frolic through the story cause it to get stuck in my head like a fever dream of faerie that continues to haunt me years later.

I loved the adaptations Dirk Maggs has done of Gaiman's Neverwhere and How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, so I expect good things from him. And he delivers again here, assembling a delightful cast (more on them soon) and adapting the story effortlessly. My only qualm is that I found the opening somewhat needlessly wandering (unlike the book).

The cast here doesn't carry the star power of the Neverwhere adaptations, but since there's already been a big screen feature of Stardust, I feel like this lesser known cast is a nice match for the material. Sure, there are kings and witches and magic and unicorns, but at its heart Stardust is a quiet and brief fantasy adventure -- something we don't see a lot these days when it comes to classic or epic fantasy. This cast compliments the story pretty near perfect.

If you're a fan of the book or movie, this is a fun way to revisit this little story -- it's a quick one, but it might hang with you long after its over.

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