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Stardust Radio/TV Program

Stardust

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Publisher's 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 28/02/2017
    MFW Aylesbury, UK 28/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. GILL Calne Wiltshire 22/02/2017
    P. GILL Calne Wiltshire 22/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "enchanting
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    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marcus fry 08/02/2017
    marcus fry 08/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jill middlemas 29/04/2017
    jill middlemas 29/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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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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    Anneli 10/11/2017
    Anneli 10/11/2017
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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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    Ms B A Callan 27/09/2017
    Ms B A Callan 27/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "spell binding"

    wonderfully narrated with an all star cast . I absolutely loved it. I want more now please..

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    Maxine greenhithe, United Kingdom 17/02/2017
    Maxine greenhithe, United Kingdom 17/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    I love Neil Gaiman but did not find the film adaptation true to his style of writing. Delighted this dramatised version brought the story to life in a far more real way. You might have seen the film but this is far better.

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    Nathan Wombwell England 04/04/2017
    Nathan Wombwell England 04/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "10/10"

    I do not usually enjoy dramatisations but the added narration to this story was an incredible addition. I highly recommend it.

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  • D. Craven
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    09/02/17
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sami Sion Haggood
    12/07/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    01/06/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FalchionM
    04/04/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • scentia
    Houston, TX
    04/02/17
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Villie
    25/11/17
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    " 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
    Vancouver, BC
    11/10/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Whittier, CA
    29/08/17
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    "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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  • Kate
    Wichita, KS, United States
    03/08/17
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    "Short and great"

    Lovely story. Produce beautifully. All the music and sound effects of a quality radio broadcast for the Motter day. I recommended as a nice short respite.

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  • Viviane Silva
    São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil
    21/07/17
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    "Great story brought to life!"

    Just superb!! The best interpretation I could have wished for!! Please, listen with your heart <3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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