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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
Actor Wil Wheaton--from "Star Trek: The Next Generation"--has managed something many of us have wished for at one time or another--a do-over. With humor and humility, he explains and mostly apologizes for his 2004 memoir JUST A GEEK. Using the acting skills he honed at an early age, he indulges in audiobook therapy. He invites us into his inner circle of friends and confesses... 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
A man awakens in a vessel in the far reaches of space. He has no memory and few resources. What he does have is a talking shipboard computer and the complete works of a famed author from the past. Neil Gaiman narrates this sci-fi short story with themes of isolation, recuperation, and selfhood. Along with brisk pacing, lively music, and futuristic sound effects, the production... 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
This collection of essays highlights major case law argued by the American Civil Liberties Union over the last century. Works by authors such as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, and more are narrated by performers such as Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, and Lucy Liu. Beyond providing a fascinating exploration of the work accomplished by the ACLU, the... Read More
A terrific cast of narrators lend their voices to 13 stories by Joe Hill, two of which are cowritten with his dad, Stephen King. Hill himself reads the utterly delightful introduction, remembering his childhood and his path to becoming a successful horror writer. The first story, “Throttle,” follows, with Stephen Lang perfectly portraying a gang of bikers who are being... 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
Generations after humans have left their planet to a new species, a villager named Lobey is searching for a lost love. This short novel is narrated by Stefan Rudnicki in low, rumbling tones that evoke oral storytelling. His steady pace and resonant tone highlight the dreamlike quality of Lobey's odyssey and the story's blend of traditional mythologies and elements of... 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
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
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
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
Did you know that Neil Gaiman can sound like a stegosaurus, a pirate, a volcano god, and even a bunch of green blobby aliens? Not only that, but he sounds like he's having an utter ball while he narrates, and it's impossible not to be swept up into the brilliant, batty fun. A father steps out at breakfast time to pick up some milk at the corner store, and when he takes rather a... Read More
The third installment in Ellen Kushner's Riverside series is flush with all the intrigue, sex, and politics of its predecessors. A young man with royal blood seeks refuge in the confines of the University but finds instead that ancient history is still living—and perhaps set to repeat itself. This "illuminated" book dances between the delicate, impassioned voice of the author... Read More
This Neil Gaiman sampler offers further proof that he’s an outstanding storyteller and a strong narrator. The collection of 34 short works, some new and some previously published, includes science-fiction, creation, erotic, and horror tales. The stories are often reminiscent of “Twilight Zone” episodes. Gaiman performs each one with fervor and apt character portrayals. His... Read More
"How long have you been 11 for?" That’s just one of the mysteries in THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, where otherworldly things might be strange but aren't in the least impossible. As the 7-year-old protagonist, Neil Gaiman projects all the wonders and terrors of childhood, both ordinary and extraordinary. His neighbors, 11-year-old Lettie, Mrs. Hempstock, and Old Mrs.... Read More
Is the dark really as scary as it seems? When Neil Gaiman begins to narrate as if he's telling a spooky bedtime story, listeners might think so. The spine-tingles are the best kind, though, with Gaiman leading listeners through Laszlo's house and down the stairs into the basement, where the dark lives. With his British accent and gentle delivery, Gaiman conjures a whole world... Read More
It's always a treat when Neil Gaiman narrates his own work, and CHU'S DAY—a bite-sized nibble all of three minutes long—is no exception. Chu is a young panda with a truly impressive sneeze. Gaiman's voice is friendly while still maintaining a touch of the mysterious. He makes "There was old-book-dust in the air" sound like it could be the beginning of a spooky novel. His... Read More
Neil Gaiman chose well to produce Ellen Kushner's high fantasy as an audiobook. An even smarter choice was casting Kushner to narrate most of it, specifically the chapters told from Catherine's point of view. In a world of political intrigue and devious nobles, the mad, debauched duke inexplicably persuades his niece to become his swordsman, not something Catherine's household... Read More
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