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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (23,249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fragile Things is a sterling collection of exceptional tales from Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and the groundbreaking Sandman graphic novel series. A uniquely imaginative creator of wonders whose unique storytelling genius has been acclaimed by a host of literary luminaries, from Norman Mailer to Stephen King, Gaiman’s astonishing powers are on glorious display in Fragile Things. Enter and be amazed!

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 exclusive 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. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A prodigiously imaginative collection.”

    New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

  • “The tales of Fragile Things are nibbles and bits of Gaiman’s immensely satisfying inner landscape…Fiercely playful and very grim, wisps of whimsy and wonder buoyed by the happy heart of a tragic poet.”

    USA Today

  • “Dazzling tales from a master of the fantastic.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “This really creepy collection of stories shows that Gaiman may be the heir to Stephen Kings’s Evil Empire.”


  • “Gaiman is an admired writer because he can create a fantasy world and convince you, through his graceful prose and sharp descriptions, that it is real. And he has done so again with Fragile Things…Gaiman’s words are as enjoyable as ever.”

    Boston Globe

  • “He’s so good…There’s not one piece of prose or poetry in Fragile Things that won’t repay rereading…Words, when they’re as well-chosen and deftly arranged as those in this book, can perform miracles of strength, staying with their audience long after the breath and ink that gave them birth have vanished.”

    Seattle Times

  • Winner of the Locus Award for Best Collection in 2007
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2007
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2007
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2007 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Therese | 2/17/2014

    " I like his style, even in the stories that are more whimsical daliances than stories. The only thing that keeps throwing me in these, is how you'll be floating along with a story all magic and whimsy and childlike curiosity and then WHAM! the lion representing christ is performing oral sex on the twisted ice queen while forcing the severed head of a small girl to watch before he finishes devouring her. Holy hell. Otherwise, it's just lovely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kony | 2/13/2014

    " I admire NG's imagination, and I enjoy his deviously whimsical style. His stories somehow don't deeply satisfy, but they always amuse. This particular collection isn't a carefully crafted mix, but a pleasant array of odds/ends -- a fun diversion, nothing more and nothing less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Akeiisa | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting and enjoyable collection of short stories and poems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corey Ralli | 1/11/2014

    " Enjoyable, preferred the more down to earth, "human" style stories. The more fantastical ones tend to come off as a tad bland for my taste. "

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