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Editorial Reviews

Eloquent, engrossing and fabulous – Stardust, written by award-winning English author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, is a modern fiction unabridged audiobook with hints of a contemporary fairytale, perfectly narrated by Gaiman himself. Now also a major Paramount Pictures film with a star-studded cast. This enchanting story is set at the very blossoming of the great Victorian era and follows the tale of one young man and his impossible quest to capture a shooting star in order to have the heart and the hand of his one true love. This book is immensely enjoyable. Download from Audible now.

Publisher's Summary

A FAIRY TALE FOR EVERYONE.

THE ACCLAIMED, ENCHANTING FILM ADAPTATION STARS ROBERT DE NIRO, CLAIRE DANES, RUPERT EVERETT, MICHELLE PFEIFFER AND MANY MORE FAVOURITES.... 

At the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves leisurely in the sleepy village of Wall.

Young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and, to win her love, vows to bring her a star they see fall from the night sky.

It is an oath that sends him over the town's ancient wall and into the mysterious land of Faerie - a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining....

NEIL GAIMAN.

WITH STORIES COME POSSIBILITIES.

©1999 Neil Gaiman (P)2006 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Gaiman's silver-tongued narration vividly brings this production to life. Like the bards of old, Gaiman is equally proficient at telling tales as he is at writing them, and his pleasant British accent feels like a perfect match to the material." (Publishers Weekly)

"A fairy tale for everyone from 'one of the best fabulists of our age." (Financial Times)

"Beyond all the borders that divide us, there is a place of infinite possibilities and pure magic. I think of Neil Gaiman as a writer who wears the key to that land around his neck - the key to Storyland." (Elif Shafak) 

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A ripper yarn

I loved the film, so when I found this audiobook quietly mouldering on Audible's catalogue, I took a chance and bought it. Ok, there's some pacing issues dealt with in the film that really improve the final stages of the narrative. But the book should be read as standing alone, I think, and as such reads as a great story in its own right. It is a great yarn. The author, Neil Gaiman does a really good job on the narration too. I am so glad I bought this book. It was a real find. I wish I'd discovered this writer years ago. I have to make a couple of criticisms though. Please work on the levels in the audio recording. I listen to books in the car and it is annoying when I have to keep lowering and raising the volume, even if it is only a little bit. And two or three times throughout the book there is the sudden incursion of a galloping, transcendental, new age chime thing. What is it for? It drowns out the narration for a moment. But otherwise, this is an excellent book and a great audio production and would be cheap at double the price.

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Fantastic, Fractured Fairytale

I'm not sure how he does it, but Neil Gaiman has the gift of telling a story in a straightforward commonsensical manner, without reducing any of its magic or sense of adventure. Sometimes when you read it becomes a chore that you have to labour through in order to get to the end to find out what happens. That never happens with Neil's writing. The journey is as much fun as the destination. This is a rollicking, romantic romp, full of whimsical settings and fantastical characters, including a cabal of evil witches who make Snow White's step-mother look like a kindly old tea lady in comparison. This novel reminded me that sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and chase that shooting star.

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lovely faerie story

Lovely faerie story. Thumbs up, especially if you liked The Princess Bride book / movie by William Goldman.

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Another Chocolate Pudding Dessert Listen

As with every meal there's the main course all about nourishing and sustaining the body and then there is desert. So after a few Political, Economic, Sciencey or Historical book its time for dessert. So get out a spook and the cream! In Audiobook terms Neil Gaiman reads his books as well as he writes them, and the theme and the language is rich, deep and chocolatey. The Fairy Lands described is what you want in a dessert book - escapist and absorbing. It was reminiscent of Spike Milligan's Badjelly The Witch I read as a child. I have enjoyed this and his Neverwhere as well as his Quasi-Mythological books (Anansi Boys, Ocean at The end of The Lane and American Gods) and the worlds created are just so Cohesive and Bonkers. These two followed an empty place and gnawing hunger leftover from completing the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (his Novellas area rip -off) - also a cracking good listen. Question is where too next Neil and where do I go now?

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Just the most sublime telling of a forever story.
I'm so in awe of his prowesa

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I'd listen to Neil read an instruction manual

Love listening to thing, Neil Reading anything is wonderful, it really brings another layer to the story!

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Pure magic

Gaiman wields magic once again through his wonderful prose and unique delivery to craft an unforgetful journey.

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Awesomesauce

Stardust is my favourite movie, and now also my favourite (audio)book, which I am just starting to listen to for the third time. With the added bonus that Neil Gaiman reads delightfully.

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Neil's voice is like silk

what a beautifully written story, far superior to the movie and listening to Neil Gaiman speak is an utter delight!

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I loved this story. I dreamed about it. I talked about it. I didn’t want it to end. What a great fairytale.

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  • Phil Sutherland
  • 10-06-2017

Delicious

The book is a much more nuanced tale than the movie, but equally delightful and beautifully read.

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  • Beccameriel
  • 08-12-2014

A proper fairy story

One of my favourite books, expertly read by one of my favourite authors. Stardust is one of my comfort blanket reads when I'm feeling a bit down. A proper old-fashioned fairy tale in that it deals with sex and death - if you've read the original Grimm's fairy tales then you will know that this is completely traditional and like all fairy tales it's actually about growing up and finding out who you really are. Unlike traditional fairy tales it's also funny and quirky and full of references to other stories. Also one small, entirely, justified bit of swearing if that sort of thing bothers you.

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  • Portia
  • 16-08-2011

Oh Neil, read my shopping list!

Neil Gaiman, reading his own work. Wonderful. I quickly fell in love with him as the narrator, I believe he could read my shopping list and it would take on subtle new tones of mystery, menace and magic. Such a pity more of his work isnt available, read by him.
A lovely, light fairytale for grown ups and superior to the film. Thank you Mr Gaiman

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  • J. Rowland
  • 18-08-2008

Stardust - a pleasure from beginning to end!

This is a complete pleasure! Neil Gaiman reads his own work beautifully, he has a particularly nice voice, and adds a nuance that is often lacking in audiobook narration. If you saw the film and liked it, then this fills in all the gaps. The ending is different to the film (and all the better for it). I even went out and bought a copy of the book!

So now I want to get more Neil Gaiman stuff, and sadly Audible don't have that much. Requests please for Coraline and Neverwhere....

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  • Julia
  • 26-11-2009

Stardust

Fabulous to hear the full story, in the author's own voice. My only complaint (as I listen as I fall asleep) is that there are one or two incongruous sound effects plus an interview at the end that is louder than the main story.

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  • E. Robson
  • 12-12-2014

Brilliant Listen BUT

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy Neil Gaiman and was happy to find one of his 'children's books for my daughter. Two sex scenes and the f word later and I think we can definitely say. While a fantastic fairy story it's not one for your eight your old to go to bed with. I have called Audible about their categorisation of this title.

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  • Emma
  • 12-04-2009

Great book with a weak ending

This is the first Gaiman book I have listened to. I found the beginning as bit slow, but it quickly picked up pace and I found myself wanting to listen to it as often as I could. It seemed to come to an abrupt and unsatisfactory end though, as if the author was a bit fed up with it and just wanted to wrap everything up.
The ending did not do justice to the rest of the book. It was worth listening to though. I am about to start listening to 'fragile things' so we'll see how I do with that!

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  • Ian
  • 01-02-2009

A complete delight

This is a joy. Atmospherically read by the author, it just flows along in a rich and delightful story, full of twists and turns and underpinned by glorious imagination. Way more enjoyable than the film. It guarantees peaceful journeys if played in a car...!

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  • Carole
  • 14-05-2008

A perfect joy from beginning to end

You can't get better that an artist presenting his own work! Neil Gaiman's voice brings his characters to life delightfully without overshadowing the story. The interview with Neil at the end was an unexpected pleasure and gives another perspective to his work and the creation of the audio book.

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  • James
  • 26-02-2015

Great book, read superbly!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like audiobooks that are read by the author, and Neil Gaiman read this very well. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

I'm not saying. Spoilers!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were plenty of laughs to be had during Stardust. There was some great dialogue and witty moments.

Any additional comments?

This was the first Neil Gaiman book I've experienced, and now I'm moving straight on to another. I highly recommend it!

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  • Vikki
  • 02-01-2015

Stardust

Awesome! I'm really happy with this. Loved it just as much as the film! Yay!

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