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Once again Neil Gaiman delves into the fairy tales from the Grimm brothers to come up with a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty that blows one's mind away. Using the listener's own knowledge of the well-known tale he goes against expectations and recast the fairy landscape in much the same way he recasted the faiths of the United States in American Gods.
What I liked the most about the story was the little details he lifted from the Grimm brothers' fairy tales using it as clues to guide the listener on where the story is going. His attention to detail is remarkable. I really didn't see the end coming, though afterwards, I thought that it is self evident.
At one point I thought that the story might be a GLBT rewriting of a well-loved tale. Well it isn't
Jullian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver and Niamh Walsh did an outstanding rendering of the story, adding to its enjoyment.
All in all Neil Gaiman stays one of the master story tellers of our age. His rendition... adjustment... of the Sleeping Beauty comes highly recommended.
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Excellent performance by the entire cast. as always, Gaimen crafted a memorizing tale that is at once familiar and enchantingly unique in its telling. I don't usually care for the full cast performances, but it is done exceedingly well here and suits the story perfectly. It's a rather short listen at just over an hour (it's one of his short stories, which are always fantastic literary snacks for the hungry mind) but well worth the money or credit.
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