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  • By: Neil Gaiman
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Stardust

By: Neil Gaiman
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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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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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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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lovely faerie story

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

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Magical

One of the most beautiful books to read (listen to). The movie is also a wonderful adaptation of the book.

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another great Gaiman book

I saw the movie years ago and figured it was time to finally get around to reading the book, and I am so glad I did. Gaimans' storytelling ability and imagination is unmatched. Loved it

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I listen to this over and over again

It’s one of my favourite stories to fall asleep to, but sometimes the stupid “chiming” (idk what else to call it) wakes me as I’m almost asleep.

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Gorgeous story, a fairy tale for adults

This is a wonderful story, obviously it’s not exactly the same as the movie but they are both lovely & worth listening/watching.

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Magical

I adored this, but I knew I would because I adored the movie. It was such an easy read (listen?), perfectly draws you into its world and Neil Gaimans narration was excellent. His voice is so easy to listen to and the character voices he does are fantastic at enhancing the dialogue without distracting from the story. My only issue is I wish it was longer because I never wanted it to end.

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Love Love Love

Sent me on a whirlwind adventure that had me back in my room as a child, reading and lost in a world of imagination. A feeling that I never want to lose! Thank You Neil Gaiman!

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Delightful fairy tale for adults

I was looking for a story that would capture my imagination like fairy tales did when I was a child, and I found it in this book. I loved it!

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