The Neverending Story

  • by Michael Ende
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.
Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.


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Customer Reviews

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So much better than the movie

If you could sum up The Neverending Story in three words, what would they be?

Story is so much more than the movie. Until you have read the full story, you cannot say you have fully enjoyed the Never Ending Story.

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- James


Kids will enjoy this, but most will not understand it. I enjoyed the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show as a kid, but did not understand the adult messages. This is full of a lot of abstract ideas, such as The Nothing and a creature who is a voice only. This was the top selling children's book for three years in Germany.

Movie ends in the middle.
One main difference between the book and the movie is the main character. In the movie he is a normal looking boy. In the book he is fat and sort of dumb. He is an outcast who is made fun of a lot. This was an important part of the first part of the book, but Americans could not handle a fat hero. The movies stops in the middle of the book and in my opinion that is were the book should have stopped. In the second part of the book the main character gets skinny and becomes a super hero. I think the story was heading toward the message that no matter what we have we want more. A good message, but I was getting pretty bored. The first part of the book was four stars, but the second part was two and heading down. The second half seems to lack a plot.

The narrator is good, but I also had trouble with the volume. There are characters who talk softly, so softly you can not hear them.

You might enjoy listening to this with your children, but I don't think as an adult by yourself it will be as good.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio