• The View from the Cheap Seats

  • Selected Nonfiction
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-31-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Josh McCullough on 09-23-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Al on 06-22-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Weekes on 04-12-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 04-04-17

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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