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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
Weller’s lengthy introduction to these 26 stories fully justifies the tribute being made to the late Ray Bradbury and the diverse reach of his work. Narrators match the tone and atmosphere of each story, with writers including rare bits of insight about the craft and art of storytelling. Contributing authors include John McNally, Margaret Atwood, Charles Yu, and Audry... Read More
In a story at once tragic, mystically uplifting, and historically accurate, Tovah Feldshuh plays a widowed Jewish woman in eighteenth-century Poland who, with her daughters and granddaughter, defies tradition by performing music for non-Jews at a nearby town to earn money for Passover provisions. The all-star cast includes Simon Jones as a tyrannical nobleman and Barbara... Read More
This snack-sized piece of audio is just enough to remind listeners of the sense magic and wonder Neil Gaiman evokes when he narrates his own work. Those who are skeptical about what a story can do in five minutes should give a listen to this: a fantastic adventure flush with mystical creatures, alternate realms, strange rituals, old things, and helpful strangers. While the... Read More
Neil Gaiman does a good bear voice. This is important in an audiobook populated with a talking bear, a talking fox, a talking eagle, a Frost Giant, Norse gods, and a Viking boy named Odd. In Gaiman's voice, the bear grumbles, the fox wheedles, the eagle screeches, and the giant booms—and occasionally reverberates. Odd mostly just takes things as they come, journeying between... Read More
Neil Gaiman is one of the true gems in the audio industry. He’s a great writer who not only reads his own work well, but makes the listener reject any thought of having another narrator in his stead. Gaiman communicates his understanding of his own stories and characters from beginning to end. In this latest of Gaiman's clever, dark fantasies, an orphaned boy is raised by... Read More
NEVERWHERE is the novelization of a BBC television series of the same name, also written by Neil Gaiman and originally aired in 1996. The story is an urban fantasy set in London—and in London Below, where an entire society exists, unnoticed by the people at ground level. An ordinary fellow named Richard Mayhew helps a girl who crosses his path one day, and his life takes a... Read More
Gaiman loves short stories for offering "tiny windows into other worlds" and for letting readers "make it to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner." This production also offers windows into Gaiman's writing history—from one story penned in 1984 to another that shows its development from a work in progress. Though the collection is thematically... Read More
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman begins this collection by introducing many of the stories, his introduction proving to be a story in its own right. Gaiman’s performance aptitude matches his writing ability, as each tale resonates with subtlety and insight. Every character, no matter how brief his or her appearance, receives impeccable attention vocally and textually. And every... Read More
In an enchanting fairy tale for adults, Tristran Thorn sets out to fetch a fallen star in order to win the heart of his true love. But the star turns out to have a personality all her own and leads Tristran into adventures and discovery. Gaiman captures the magic and ethereality of his own work with a light touch and tender tone. He infuses the minor characters with... Read More
This outstanding collection includes four of Gaiman’s wonderfully offbeat and engaging children’s tales, which showcase his talents as a storyteller for the whole family. From The Wolves in the Walls (playfully scary) to Cinnamon (a touching story in which a little princess is taught to speak by an enormous tiger) to the outlandish The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and... Read More
Coraline describes herself as an explorer. When she finds a mysterious corridor in her family’s new flat, she must fight sinister forces determined to keep her parents, three lost souls, and herself prisoner forever. Neil Gaiman’s performance seems effortless. His soft-spoken voice lends to the overall darkness of the story, and his British accent matches the setting. Reading... Read More
2015 Audies Finalist. Review pending. ... Read More
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