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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Crowley Narrator: John Crowley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Edgewood—which is not found on any map—is many houses, all put inside each other or across each other. It’s filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment; the further in you go, the bigger it gets.

Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, travels from the City on foot to Edgewood, her family home. There he finds himself on the magical border of an otherworld.

Crowley’s work has a special alchemy—mixing the world we know with an imagined world that seems more true and real. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Little, Big is elegant, sensual, funny, and unforgettable. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss, of impossible things and unshakable destinies, and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book that all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Little, Big is one of those sprawling, dream-like fantasy novels that has very British sensibilities but, paradoxically, it takes the Americans to do really well...The esteemed literary critic Harold Bloom called Little, Big ‘a neglected masterpiece. The closest achievement we have to the Alice stories of Lewis Carroll’, and the vast novel does have an almost soporific, Wonderland quality to it—best read on lazy days in dappled sunshine.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Crowley is generous, obsessed, fascinating, gripping. Really, I think Crowley is so good that he has left everybody else in the dust.”

    Peter Straub, award-winning horror fiction author

  • “One of my favorite works of modern fantasy, Little, Big is an amazing tale told in an amazing way. Reading it I felt as if I were watching a high-wire artist: one slip and he would fall into the dreadful net of Twee. Yet Crowley never slips, not upon a single word, and the book grows more powerful with every page.”

    Katharine Kerr, bestselling author

  • “John Crowley writes sentences of such coruscating magnificence that the rest of the English language has fallen in love with them. I once knew an adverbial clause who was so infatuated with the linguistic beauty of Little, Big that the poor creature pined away into a comma.”

    James Morrow, World Fantasy Award–winning author

  • “Ambitious, dazzling, strangely moving, a marvelous magic-realist family chronicle.”

    Washington Post

  • “A haunting and suspenseful adventure transports the listener into a realm at once enchantingly ethereal and grounded in our ordinary world. John Crowley knows the essence of this setting best and proves it as narrator, delivering just the right combination of amazement and aplomb. Nicole Vilencia announces titles within the chapters. Her breathy and resonant voice is reminiscent of a fairy queen…This intergenerational fantasy dazzles with is elegant, lyrical prose. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 1982 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1982 Mythopoeic Award
  • A 1982 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1982 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 1982 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Leslie Beilfuss | 2/19/2014

    " Over 500 pages of boring. Zzzzzzzz "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa Frueh | 2/19/2014

    " This is a really hard book to read.The only person I know who got through this book was the person who gave it to me. But it's worth the work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Serene | 2/18/2014

    " the writing is very beautiful and evocative (i literally got goosebumps while reading), but the story did not resolve itself for me... at the end i still had only the foggiest idea of what happened, what the Tale was... it was like waking from a dream and remembering only the essence without any details. so.. only 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristel | 2/12/2014

    " This was a delicious book. Too much of a mouthful to read too quickly and having taken a month to read it, I still I feel it was over too quickly and that I didn't pay half as much attention to enjoying it as I should have. Definitely a book to read again and again. "

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