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The book is a much more nuanced tale than the movie, but equally delightful and beautifully read.
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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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Lovely faerie story. Thumbs up, especially if you liked The Princess Bride book / movie by William Goldman.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.