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The View from the Cheap Seats

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Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
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The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad nonfiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

This collection brings together more than 60 pieces of Neil Gaiman's outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

©2016 Neil Gaiman (P)2016 HarperCollins Digital
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Absolutely fantastic.

Neil Gaiman delivers his prose with his custom wit and whimsy. This book has thoughts on everything from the importance of libraries to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, sprinkled with portraits of people like Douglas Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett and Harlan Ellis. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of or interested in Gaiman, storytelling, literacy, culture, and thoughtful contemplation.

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I said fantastic

I finished the audio and said "fantastic", which it is. Neil is truthful and truly walking down the street naked. To hear him share his thoughts and experiences in his own voice adds greater depth to his already wonderful writing.

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Neil Gaiman's words in Neil Gaiman's voice

What made the experience of listening to The View from the Cheap Seats the most enjoyable?

What a great companion piece to any of Neil Gaiman's novels. A wonderful insight into Neil's stories and ideas through essays and reflections. Most are stand alone bite size chunks that you can absorb in one sitting. Such a pleasure to hear Neil reading his own essay's, just the way he intended.

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  • Josh McCullough
  • 23-09-2016

Moving, beautiful and always funny

Neil Gaiman has an incredible yet deeply relatable grasp on the real world and the world of art. His writing here gives great insight into his own life as well as the lives of his literary friends. As an English student, I found this book reignited my passion for my subject, reawakening the same drive that wanted me to devote my life to reading and writing stories.

Gaiman's narration is soothing and lovely, like a favourite teacher, with many humorous and moving portions wonderfully presented, including a final moving tribute to his friend and writer extraordinaire Sir Terry Pratchett.

While some of the chapters in the middle can get repetitive as they are largely introductions to other writers' books (which can be a little less interesting than the rest of the collection if you're not familiar with the writers' works) they still give you a great amount of content, and a large amount of new authors to read.

"The View From The Cheap Seats" is like a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and wonder people may not realise is available to them. This charming reading captures all the joy and melancholy within the book leaving you feeling wiser and heavier by the time it's over.

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  • Al
  • 22-06-2016

Life affirming and brilliant!

Would you listen to The View from the Cheap Seats again? Why?

Neil Gaiman's The View From the Cheap Seats is funny, wise, sometimes distressing and always absorbing. Brilliant

What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His delivery.

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  • Peter Walpole
  • 18-06-2016

Wonderful insight into one of our generation's most fascinating brains

Neil Gaiman is a crusader, a sideways thinker with an almost spiritual ability to capture the imagination.
Cheap seats is a collection of his thoughts, written over a number of years and gives snapshots of opinion and emotion cast with the colourful hue brought to all of his work.
Gaiman gives us a chance to peer into the workings of his inner cuckoo clock and treats with his opinions and thoughts on much that is close to his own heart.
The greatest bonus for me personally is the fact he reads it himself. Every inflection is how the author meant it which for a true Gaiman fan makes this audio book worth it weight in gold.
One I will be listening and returning to for many years to come!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-2016

Inside Neil Gaiman

If you love Neil Gaiman, reading, sensible and simply genius life philosophies, you will love this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-2018

As good as I hoped it would be.

I love Neil Gaiman 's writing and I enjoyed this book immensely. His narration is excellent.

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  • T. Greb
  • 25-11-2018

enjoyed it mostly

Neil has a lovely soothing voice and I always like stories he narrates himself. I enjoyed this collection of his non fictional items (best way to describe it) but must admit had to fast forward through a lot of the comic items as they got overwhelming.

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  • Bethan L.
  • 11-04-2017

Beautiful nonfiction to make you think

I have loved Gaiman's writing for many years and this book is no exception. The narration is brilliantly done and charismatically read, and after finishing this firecracker of a book you can not help but want to explore the world as much as possible.

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  • Trevtayl
  • 11-04-2017

Neil Gaiman at his best

Love this book. Second reading and still got a lot out of the book.
Neil Narrating is class

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  • theweeg
  • 03-01-2017

Fascinating, informative and we'll read

Enjoyed every chapter. Such a variety of topics, authors and spread of opinion. So glad I found it.

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  • Mr Chops
  • 01-10-2016

Not as original as I hoped

Personally I didn't find these articles very interesting. As he says they are a lot about him. The opening article regarding religion and freedom of speech kind of fails to recognise that religions tend to inspire people who believe in a higher purpose other than themselves. Neil's view that his view and individual views carries equal weight may sound nice but won't mean much to someone who believes they are acting on behalf of a higher power. The rest of the essays are pretty self indulgent and not as inspiring as others found them. Mind you I don't really listen to Twitter or Award ceremonies.

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