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Technically, the first person to hear Neil Gaiman’s new novel, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, was his wife, musician Amanda Palmer. Gaiman handwrote the first draft of the novel while Palmer was far away in Australia.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, journeyman reporter Terry Pratchett, not yet knighted, was slowly and slyly discovering his renowned satirical style, fantastic fantasy worlds, and love of wordplay under the pseudonym Patrick Kearns. In this collection of 20 humorous newspaper columns, celebrated voice talents, friends, and collaborators bring Pratchett's early work to life.... Read More
Neil Gaiman lends his enchanting voice to the narration of this acclaimed graphic novel series. This epic drama, written by Gaiman and adapted by audio producer Dirk Maggs, plunges listeners into a fully realized world with dynamic sound effects and impressive vocal performances. James McAvoy flawlessly portrays Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, as he and Delirium search for their... Read More
A cast of talented British actors gives voice to this new audio edition of Neil Gaiman’s classic middle-grade novel, just in time for its 20th anniversary. Coraline is bored and looking for an adventure when she opens a mysterious door in her new house that leads to another world—and an Other Mother. Julian Rhind-Tutt’s narration underscores the beautiful writing and eerie... Read More
Brian Nishii narrates this uniquely thoughtful audiobook, translated from a 1937 Japanese classic. It is surprisingly relevant today. Fifteen-year-old Copper’s experiences with school friends and bullies alternate with conversations with his beloved uncle, who also writes essays. As Uncle, Nishii speaks with the slow quiet of an elder accustomed to receiving respect. Uncle... Read More
Rebecca Front’s narration is perfectly suited to the wry, dry, very British humor of this classic collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A star-studded cast of actors chimes in with dialogue—including Michael Sheen and David Tennant reprising their roles from the streaming TV series. Sheen is a delightfully fussy Aziraphale, and Tennant captures a Crowley who,... Read More
Anchored by Neil Gaiman’s hypnotic storyteller’s voice, the second act of THE SANDMAN bewitches. As Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, James McAvoy sounds both imperious and weary, otherworldly and very human. The star-filled cast of actors and lush production guide listeners back and forth in time and in and out of fantastic worlds. The interconnected episodes are always compelling,... Read More
Author and narrator Neil Gaiman uses his best pirate voice to deliver this high-spirited romp. Two siblings are left in the care of unlikely babysitter Long John McRon, ship's cook. Soon after their parents depart for the evening, more guests arrive: "The door was opened. In they came: A pirate crew. They were not tame." But what to have for dinner? As the pirates create a... Read More
With a natural ease and a British accent, award-winning author Neil Gaiman reads 52 handpicked selections from this darkly comic career-spanning collection. Whether the topic is discovering the Holy Grail in an antique shop; retelling a much creepier, bloodier version of Snow White; or choosing a half-man/half-god to battle a demon on the Scottish Highlands, Gaiman is at his... Read More
If you're a superfan of Douglas Adams and THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, you've likely already encountered this book, first written in 1987 (and revised several times since) by young journalist Neil Gaiman. However, with the narration of Simon Jones--who starred in the original HITCHHIKER'S radio drama--this audio version offers something new. Jones shares the history of... Read More
James McAvoy leads an all-star cast in narrating this magnificent audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series, The Sandman. McAvoy, who portrays Morpheus, the King of Dreams, leans hard on his polished English accent, the embodiment of the Brits’ determination to keep calm and carry on—no matter what. As listeners are swept up in a saga in which cats talk and... Read More
If you're going to reveal your life story, it's good to have a friend and fellow "Babylon 5" cast member perform it. Peter Jurasik, known to "Babylon 5" fans as the sleazy alien Londo Mollari, narrates the startling life of the series creator, J. Michael Straczynski, and his victories over a monstrous father, an abusive family, and, seemingly, an entire world out to destroy... Read More
Sounding a little bit wise and a little bit cheeky, author Neil Gaiman delivers four brief paeans to free speech, the importance of libraries, and perseverance in writing and other creative pursuits. Taken together, they serve as inspiration, encouragement, and rallying cry. In "Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming," Gaiman talks about the librarians... Read More
The short stories by more than 35 prominent contemporary authors in this anthology share the theme of contemplating the tenets of democracy in uncertain political times, with the aim of supporting the ACLU. An array of male and female narrators takes turns providing narrations of the various stories, with a corresponding range of performances, some more convincing than others.... Read More
Setting out to capture a star he sees fall in the distance, a young man crosses the wall between his village and a fairyland. Little does he know that the star is enchanted. With plenty of moxie and cheek, young English actors Sophie Rundle and Matthew Beard portray the, literally, star-crossed lovers in one of Neil Gaiman's breeziest confections. As he does with all of his... Read More
Neil Gaiman’s retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance. Listeners may be familiar with the main characters of Norse mythology—wise Odin, mighty Thor, and cunning Loki—but Gaiman delves deeper, introducing listeners to the dwarves who made Thor’s hammer; Loki’s half-dead daughter, Hel; and a huge... Read More
Three distinct voices have always inhabited the world of Frankenstein: that of the story's mannered nineteenth-century narrator; that of the crazed genius scientist; and that of the monster himself. It goes without saying that Mary Shelley's novel (read here in its entirety) has shaped and shaken the imaginations of writers, filmmakers, and audiences since its 1818 publication.... Read More
Neil Gaiman is widely acknowledged for his work as a writer, but his narration of this collection of his essays and speeches reminds listeners that he's a charismatic performer as well. Gaiman's tone ranges as his pieces do--reflective and affectionate when speaking about friends who have died (his essay on Diana Wynne Jones is particularly affecting), amused when speaking of... Read More
In the first minutes of this audiobook, the full cast and sound effects might seem a bit much, but stick with it—as the production hits its stride, the soundscape helps establish the mood of Gaiman’s magical world. A queen and her dwarvish friends set out to save a kingdom that has been cursed to sleep. The cast of accomplished British voices, including Julian Rhind-Tutt as the... Read More
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 comic novel about the Apocalypse translates perfectly to radio theater. The full cast of British voices enhances the zany nature of the story, which features witches, witch hunters, prophecies, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and an 11-year-old Antichrist. Standouts include Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap as odd couple Crowley (a... Read More
Terry Pratchett has long been the worldwide bestselling author of the unique and laugh-out-loud Discworld fantasies, and in 2009 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his services to literature. But few listeners may know that he started out as a newspaperman. Michael Fenton Stevens narrates this expansive collection of Pratchett’s essays, opinion pieces, and speeches with a... Read More
Not every author is also a talented narrator, but Neil Gaiman is succeeding at mastering the art. It's a pleasure to listen to him deliver his new collection of short stories. He's clearly enjoying himself, and listeners will be carried along with his good cheer. Gaiman's stories are almost always spooky, odd, and disquieting, and he narrates with tense concern, calm bravado,... Read More
Cory Doctorow's broadside against copyrights is well suited for the audiobook format. The short chapters move quickly, the musical cues maintain momentum, and Wil Wheaton's persuasive narration pilots the whole production with a confident forward motion. Doctorow’s thesis—that fame trumps talent, people want free stuff, and individual copying is a benign form of expression—is... Read More
Neil Gaiman fans, rejoice! There are now TWO wonderful versions of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK to listen to. As narrator, Derek Jacobi does the heavy lifting in this full-cast recording, with other cast members voicing characters’ dialogue. It all fits together seamlessly as listeners are swept, entranced and intrigued, into the magical story. Robert Madge sounds perfectly wide-eyed,... Read More
Neil Gaiman's gift for blending the macabre and the exhilarating is in full force in this intense production, which follows two men through treacherous lands as they seek treasure and vengeance. Gaiman's rumbling baritone captures the menacing hunger and desperation the travelers feel as the mountains close in around them. The precision of his storytelling allows him to deliver... Read More
Neil Gaiman is a master of suspense in this story of a boy who is seeking to identify his special talent. Gaiman's varying tempos make his narration sound like a musical score. As young Chu starts his day in conversation with his father, Gaiman's delivery is steady and gentle, his voice exuding the father's love for his son as well as mystery regarding Chu's individual... Read More
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