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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Sherrill Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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It turns out Theseus didn't slay the Minotaur in the labyrinth 5,000 years ago as we've been led to believe. The Minotaur survived, although he's no longer interested in the horrendous acts that he was once known for, including feasting on virgins and children. Instead, he lives a banal life of repairing his car, attempting personal grooming despite physical limitations and taking cigarette breaks during his boring day job.

Today, the Minotaur lives in rural North Carolina, resides in a trailer park and works as a line cook at Grub's Rib in addition to doing odd jobs for his neighbors. The novel covers a two week time period in the Minotaur's life, as he struggles through life in the 1990s American South made worse by the fact that he is a mythological creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

The Minotaur desires to build relationships with his co-workers and neighbors, and to just make a connection with someone. His co-workers at the steakhouse allow him to tag along on their shenanigans and his neighbors are nice enough, but the Minotaur just cannot seem to make any real friends. He spends the two weeks trying to overcome is monster-like appearance to be accepted by his peers, but his bitterness and loneliness only lead him to isolate himself farther.

Author Steven Sherrill is still fairly new on the fiction scene, as Minotaur was his debut novel. His writing has, however, received critical acclaim and appeared on bestseller lists. He has proved himself to be a master at illustrating the plight of the human condition from unique vantage points, and this talent is evident in The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: When Steve and I talked about the ideal voice for M, he suggested Holter Graham....because 'Holter's handling of the Minotaur's grunt was PERFECT. Exactly what I heard in my head.'

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love. Sherrill also insinuates other mythological beasts - the Hermaphroditus, the Medusa - into the story, suggesting how the Southern landscape is shadowed by these myths. The plot centers around the Minotaur's feelings for Kelly, a waitress who is prone to epileptic fits. Does she reciprocate his affections? As the reader might expect, the course of interspecies love never does run smooth. (Publishers Weekly) Steven Sherrill created the artwork used for the audiobook edition of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robb | 2/4/2014

    " What has been called an allegory for the Southern US, the story is about, yes, a minotaur...in fact, THE Minotaur, as he copes with his life as a cook in some roadside diner along the highway. A sympathetic, if odd, treatment of this character yet one that surprisingly works extremely well. Absolutely worth the read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/29/2014

    " Smart reflection on loneliness and a completely absorbing read. M is a brilliant and totally original character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 1/27/2014

    " This strange mix of myth and modern day fry-cook contains rich metaphors for physical differences, disabilities and freaks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2014

    " The minotaur really needs to tear somebody apart in this book. Really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Booth | 1/20/2014

    " A fascinating book, but some how didn't deliver what I expected of it. I also found it more sad or black humor than I did funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie Dale | 1/1/2014

    " Very thought provoking and sad. The famous monster from the labyrinth is immortal and so he must find a way to survive. He ends up in the South, a cook at a diner and resident of Lucky U Mobile Estates (trailer park). No matter how hard he tries to fit in, something always goes wrong. The beauty of his philosophical inner musings doesn't translate because it's hard to form words, and his intentions are almost always misinterpreted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bianca Hockensmith | 12/26/2013

    " Didn't make it past page 10. Too horrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 12/7/2013

    " Well worth a read. The minotaur is an oddity, a freak, yet people seem drawn to him. Except, of course, the usual bullies and idiots, who almost destroy his whole life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/29/2013

    " I guess if there's hope for a beast like the Minotaur, there's hope for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Foley | 11/29/2013

    " I read this book ten years ago and adored it. Time to read it again and re-review. Can you do that? Re-review? Or is it review? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 11/3/2013

    " Wonderful - reminded me of Murakami and Paul Auster in that you have a situation and characters, and no matter how absurd that premise may be, once you accept it, the story becomes truly fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy (SpedBug) | 2/14/2013

    " A modern look at the Minotaur, now working as a chef and living in a trailer park. From the title and cover, you might suspect this to be a light-hearted book, but it's anything but. This is a story of loneliness and the ever-present need in all of us to connect with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernie May | 12/4/2012

    " On par with "Life of Pi" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/15/2012

    " An extremely engaging read that is both entertaining and a bit melancholy. I would highly recommend this if you enjoy contemporary fiction and have a penchant for the classics as it makes some nice allusions and references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi Boorer | 10/20/2012

    " Quite brilliant book, amazingly crafted, wonderfully told. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bean | 8/19/2012

    " Surprisingly tender and sweet. I just wanted to wrap my arms around the minotaur and hug him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/17/2012

    " This book was great - I got it in London and I loved reading it in England when I was there. Amusing, heartbreaking, well-written. Especially cool since I love Greek mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 2/3/2012

    " I've read critiques of this book that complained it was slow and had no plot. I think they're missing the point. It's beautiful and I loved it. It began as an epic poem, and that makes sense considering how the novel plays out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Clark | 10/17/2011

    " Totally original and beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinray2 | 8/9/2011

    " Gentle and melancholy and hopeful.

    Tying together the mythos of antique Greece and the American South; what a fantastic conceit!
    Never has the poignancy of the Trailer Park been so ennobled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 7/1/2011

    " This strange mix of myth and modern day fry-cook contains rich metaphors for physical differences, disabilities and freaks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2011

    " I read this a few years ago, and thought it was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy (SpedBug) | 4/9/2011

    " A modern look at the Minotaur, now working as a chef and living in a trailer park. From the title and cover, you might suspect this to be a light-hearted book, but it's anything but. This is a story of loneliness and the ever-present need in all of us to connect with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/21/2011

    " This is one of my absolute favorite books. Ab-so-lute. This is a must read and a must re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jes | 2/18/2011

    " This book was good, but some closure for the story would have made it much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloquent | 11/2/2010

    " Despite being a really weird plot it was a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 7/21/2010

    " the writing wasn't amazing, but very good, and made up for by the interesting story and characters-- good food for thought. "

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About the Narrator

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.