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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061475825
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Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you.

Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers—but always embrace the unexpected. Collection includes:

"The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds," "Troll Bridge," "Don't Ask Jack," "How to Sell the Ponti Bridge," "October in the Chair," "Chivalry," "The Price," "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," "Sunbird," "The Witch's Headstone," "Instructions"

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine collection of previously published short stories. Although Gaiman’s prose skill has improved markedly since the earliest stories included here, one constant is his stellar imagination, not to mention his knack for finding unexpected room for exploration in conventional story motifs…Collectors will be pleased to note the inclusion of several stories that were previously published in the now hard-to-find collection Angels & Visitations. Also of note is fan favorite “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” which has been nominated for a Hugo Award for 2007…This volume is an excellent reminder of his considerable talent for short-form prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Science fiction and fantasy fans will find much to delight them in this wealth of finely crafted stories.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Creepy, funny, and clever.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Short stories are sometimes a hard sell to middle school and high school students, but this collection has something for everyone.”

    Kliatt

  • “The tales vary from scary to funny to melancholy, but they are all beautiful, with just enough story to satisfy and be complete while still leaving room for imagination to wander…Gaiman knows how to drop a reader into a world in one paragraph and keep the pages turning until the end, neither giving too much detail to spoil the pace nor too little for the reader to get a sense of the place…All together, they comprise a great selection of stories for younger readers—it gets scary but not too scary or graphic.”

    VOYA

  • “These tales are a definite step up in sophistication from Coraline and will repay older readers handsomely.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This well-chosen collection is sure to create a new generation of Gaiman fans who will not need to understand all the allusions to enjoy the stories.”

  • “Though the collection is thematically diverse, it’s unified by Gaiman’s masterful ability as a storyteller. Talented at creating voices to express his sometimes dark sense of humor, Gaiman has terrific pacing and savors the words he speaks, qualities that concentrate his listeners’ attention on his unique prose. His affection for all of his characters results in a magical production.”

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  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 2/16/2014

    " I'm not sure why I put a hold on this book at the library. I thought someone had recommended it, but I guess not. Anyway, after reading one chapter, I didn't appreciate all the alcohol and sexual inuendos in this teen book. It also just seemed like fluff, so I don't want to spend the time on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darceylaine | 2/3/2014

    " This is a re-anthologization of some of Gaiman's short stories now collected for young adults. There seem to be only 1 or 2 I havn't read before. I still love "How to Talk To Girls" that one is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " a nice collection of short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/24/2014

    " Grande, mitico, insuperabile Neil! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilde | 1/20/2014

    " A couple of the short stories I like a lot, others wasent that interesting. The troll bridge was the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " There are several stories in here that I've already read, which clearly means I read too much Gaiman. My favorite (which is also in Fragile Things) is "October in the Chair" although they are all good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guillaume | 1/12/2014

    " The only reason that I only gave this 4 stars is that at-least 3 of the sories where released in another book of shorts from Gaiman called "Fragile Things" last year. Otherwise this is an excellent book of odd short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 the golden witch. | 12/20/2013

    " Not the best of Gaiman's work, but still pretty good. I loved the first story the most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/29/2013

    " Did I read this before? Some of the stories were so familiar, others seemed new. Or maybe they just didn't touch me so I didn't remember them at all. Either way, a wonderful collection of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 11/1/2013

    " It's Neil Gaimann, so you know it's good. It's even better because the short storess show off his range - which is impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Brosnan | 10/19/2013

    " I was disappointed that there was no new material in this, but Neil always crafts a good story so it was nice to reread old favorites (review circa 2009) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/18/2013

    " This book is mostly comprised of previously published short stories. It was nice to reread some of his stories, but the new stuff didn't really hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 9/12/2013

    " Excellent collection of short stories. I particularly liked, "The Sun Bird" and the last story (can't remember what its called) and is part of Gaiman's newest book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 8/20/2013

    " I loved these short stories and I hate short stories. The Witches Headstone was a fav. I'm so glad he extended it into the Graveyard book. I also loved the one about the cat watching the house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 6/6/2013

    " Just fun. A sampling of interesting tid-bits from my favorite author. Some were more enjoyable then others, but I was never bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy McRae | 4/11/2013

    " I just love Neil Gaiman! This is a terrific little collection of short stories. It's marketed as young adult, but I think it reaches a much wider audience. There wasn't a dud in the bunch. Some were humorous, many were chill-inducing, all were great stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 10/11/2012

    " A book of short stories for young people. I enjoyed it, but like any book of short stories, some stories shine and others aren't as great. Troll Bridge was my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 9/24/2012

    " This was a fun collection from Gaiman, and once again had a great mix of wonder, humour, and a dash of horror. However, he did include a couple short stories he'd already published in other anthologies, but they're always fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoJo | 8/13/2012

    " Gaiman's short stories are as wonderful as his books. I particularly enjoyed "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." Fabulous and thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evon | 7/8/2012

    " fun book of short stories - good imagination "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/15/2012

    " Some cute stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/18/2011

    " Short stories by the author of "Coraline" and "The Graveyard Book". Listened to it on tape and it was read by the author. Meant for young adults, but I enjoyed it. Hard to explain the genre. Fantasy? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " I especially loved "Instructions" and "Troll Bridge" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 4/25/2011

    " Awsome bunch of short stories I loved each and every one
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/20/2011

    " I loved all of it, though especially the instructions at he end. "

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

    " It was good but uneven. My favorite story is Chivalry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 3/19/2011

    " .....ma.. io non voglio riportarlo in biblioteca.
    Io lo voglio tenere con me. Uffa.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/12/2011

    " Fun stories. Some I've read before. Other were brand new to me. The Price is one of my favorites; loved the humor of the Sunbird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/10/2011

    " Wonderful stories, but I had read all but one or two in other compilations by Gaiman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 3/1/2011

    " GREAT!!! There were some wonderful short stories in here including one that begins to tell me how The Graveyard Book began or was inspired! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/12/2011

    " Love listening to Gaiman read his own work. Love seeing his quirky perspective of the world. This one's for grown-ups, not for kids. "

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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.