Fragile Things

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Neil Gaiman
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it. In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters.
In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder.
Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams and nightmares.
In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an excusive epicurean club lament that they've eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird.
Such marvelous creations and more, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.


What the Critics Say

Locus Award, Best Collection, 2007

Audie Award Finalist, Short Stories, Collections, 2007


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Customer Reviews

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Aother winner from Gaiman

Not all of the pieces in this selection work (some things are just not meant to be read aloud) but for the most part, Fragile Things is a wondrous collection. There's something for everyone here, from dark gothic stories and spot-on human insight to wry humor and brilliant fantasy. If you liked American Gods and Anansi Boys you will love this collection. (And if you haven't read those two, I recommend them even more highly!)

Neil Gaiman is also one of the rare writers who read his own work and do it justice.
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- Jill


Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and he didn't disappoint with this audiobook. It's a real treat to hear him read his own work, and as a collection of short stories (collected from anthologies, primarily), Fragile Things is an excellent introduction to the breadth of Gaiman's talent. His stories range from epic (as in Sunbird) to mundane with a twist (How to Talk to Girls at Parities).

I'm thrilled that Audible offered this book, and I hpe they continue to add science fiction and fantasy to their libraries.
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- Amy L Gantt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio