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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: November 2006 ISBN: 9780061229954
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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.”

    Newsweek

  • “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

  • 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
  • Winner of the Locus Award for Best Collection in 2007
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/11/2014

    " Though not as good as Smoke and Mirrors this book is still full of wonderful and eerie short stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/2/2014

    " Read this on audio book. Maybe that's why I didn't like it as much as some of his other work? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/30/2013

    " Mixed..beberapa cerita bagus kayak october in the chair, forbidden brides sama the problem of susan. Beberapa cerita sama sekali ga bs dimengerti (ato aku yg vocab bhs inggrisnya kurang?), misalnya strange little girls, diseasemaker's croup, sunbird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 12/25/2013

    " I won't say it was my favourite thing by Gaiman, but I did enjoy most of what was in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Severus | 12/25/2013

    " I especially liked the poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/12/2013

    " A good mix of dark, playful, mysterious, fanciful, and thought-provoking stories. A great book to take your time with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 12/9/2013

    " The perfect autumnal read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 11/26/2013

    " I really liked some of the short stories but wasn't that impressed with others, so it gets 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2013

    " This collection of short stories had some real gems others just didn't come together for me. But all in all worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/18/2013

    " Really prefer his novels instead of his short story collections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merinde | 1/15/2013

    " I like Neil Gaiman, in general. But the stories in this ranged from mediocre to boring with only one I really loved, so that was a little disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Martin | 6/24/2012

    " Some really lovely stories, combined with a lot of stuff I just couldn't make myself care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 6/9/2012

    " I repeat, Mmmmm... Gaiman. I worship this man. You all know this by now. I was not going to buy this, but I think now I really have to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonsina | 5/26/2012

    " Short stories on old subjects, with the twists of the supporting ideas of the tales. Can you handle the back story, like to have your conscience plucked? These will do just that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Settimo | 10/1/2011

    " There are better Gaiman books to read but no better narrator. I continue to love the author's narration, but this collection of stories could be trimmed a bit. Some are not ready for primetime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 6/1/2011

    " Spotty. Sone pieces were beautiful and others were just ok. Worth reading though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 5/17/2011

    " Written for an American audience

    Reference to Beowulf in the novella from the American gods

    Could not be used at school -language is offensive "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 5/15/2011

    " He can do no wrong...if you are a true Gaiman fan, you know exactly what I mean! This collection is one of my personal favorites of chilling, scary, strory-telling that involves you as the reader in the middle of Gaiman's worlds. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone | 5/8/2011

    "
    Good. I liked many of these. I have problems with short story collections, because by the end I sort of just want to be done and I like O.D. on them. Still I like Gaiman's writing. I wouldn't start with these stories, I would read something else first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dante | 4/29/2011

    " Suffers the fate of most collections; one falls in love with some stories while other are just a passing fancy or doomed from the start. Some of the juxtapositions of stories were clunky, but as usual, lots of imaginative concepts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/11/2011

    " So far a lot of great stories. I prefer short story books with a variety of authors, but Gaiman is one of the great ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Webbp | 4/10/2011

    " Collection of short stories that are good light reading. Highly recommend "October in the Chair" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/8/2011

    " This was an audiobook, and he was doing his own reading. He is a very talented reader as well as a good writer. I liked his writing style very well, but the stories were a little creepy and I don't need more stress in my life right now. I didn't finish the book. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.