• Selected Shorts: Chivalry

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christina Pickles
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 08-15-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Symphony Space, Inc
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry" performed by Christina Pickles. A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale.
Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC RADIO and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show, which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.
©2012 Symphony Space, Inc (P)2012 Symphony Space, Inc
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By SmartShopper on 08-03-17

Perfect little story

Delightful story read to a live audience. Short and lovely. Sounds like it was on a radio show. The only problem is that she speaks very loudly at times and inaudibly whispers at others which does not suit my situation. It's late.at night and my husband is sleeping. I'm using headphones, jumping out of my skin and loosing more hearing during those loud bits! Otherwise great performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By slythrn_barnbum on 07-15-17

Beautiful Short Story

Would you listen to Selected Shorts: Chivalry again? Why?

Yes!! I've listened to this story multiple times, and love it!! The characters are perfectly written, and the story is fresh and original. A quaint listen that is perfect for passing the time.

Which character – as performed by Christina Pickles – was your favorite?

My favorite character was Mrs Whitaker.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I even stayed in the car longer to finish the story, even after I'd reached my destination.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend! This story is only about 20-30 minutes in length and is a very sweet story to show that there's still some magic in the world. If you love Neil Gaiman and fairy tales, this is the book for you!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Strawberryparfait on 04-11-15

a magical short story

What did you like best about this story?

the plot and the main character were just so natural - this could have been my granny

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The very end scene when she returns to the charity shop for another purchase

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clement on 04-02-13


Neil Gaiman's obviously had a lot of fun writing this small piece, and that fun is contagious. Helped by Christina Pickles's priceless delivery, that story of an old lady picking up the Holy Grail for a few pence at Oxfam packs tons of humour and emotion in 27 short minutes. Being more of a "laughing inside" audience, I found myself chuckling like an idiot with my earphones on. Highly recommended.

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