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I thought the stories were phenomenal and was most enthralled by the one called Owls. I felt it more than remarkable that Mr. Gaiman did his own reading and found that aspect the most interesting of all. I loved this.
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'Speaking in Tongues' is a selection of five short stories. There is a marked difference between reading a story and having the story read to you by the person who wrote it. You can be sure that the emphasis is on the correct word, the inflection is correct and the tone of the tale is as the writer intended. Gaiman's narration is engaging and almost hypnotic, dragging the listener into each story. The stories each have an element of cautionary tale to them. My favourite was 'The Facts in the Case of the Disappearance of Miss Finch', a careful-what-you-wish-for story about a pop-up circus performance on a rainy London evening. There is also 'Daughter of Owls', 'The Price', 'The Sea Change' and 'Instructions', a poem about what to do should you find yourself in a fairy tale.
Like all good books, this one left me wanting more.
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I did enjoy this book and, for any other Gaiman follower I would say, have a look at the other collections before you buy. Many of the stories appear in other collections.
If you have a love of soft English accents and twisty, lyrical tales of wonder, this is a short sweet treat! Surface simplicity and hidden depths make this suitable for any age audience as long as they have the ear to hear and the wit to listen. Marvellous!