The Sleeper and the Spindle

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh
  • 1 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A full cast audio production performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, Michael Maloney, Sean Baker, Jane Collingwood, Clare Corbett, Allan Corduner, Katherine Kingsley, and Daniel Weyman.
It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.
You may think you know this story. There's a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.
But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero if a princess needs rescuing....

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What the Critics Say

"The cast of accomplished British voices, including Julian Rhind-Tutt as the narrator and Lara Pulver as the queen, is a joy." (AudioFile)

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A suprising twist to the Sleeping Beauty

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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- Jacobus "When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else."

an interest twist on a classic fairy tale

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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- Booniecat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio