I finished listening to the audiobook version of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust yesterday. I have decided not to write a review of it or any other audiobook I may listen to because I think my opinion of the book may depend on the reader. I’m still not sure exactly what I think of it and how much my impressions were altered by hearing it read by Neil Gaiman. The great thing about Gaiman reading the story is that he is an Englishman and I absolutely love the accent. I also like the author reading the book because he/she likely has an idea of what the character’s voices ought to sound like.
I did enjoy listening to the book, it made my drive to and from work seem much quicker. It really grabbed my attention. But I also felt that the book had no real climax, and nothing that occurred in it felt all that dangerous. I don’t know if this is because of the way it was read or not. I was prompted to listen to Stardust when discovering it had been made into a movie. After listening to the novel I am looking forward to seeing the movie. I think I should also mention that the book is available in an illustrated version, basically a graphic novel. After all, he did get his start in comics.
As for my Gaiman experience, I had tried reading American Gods previously but stopped less than 50 pages in. This is the first Neil Gaiman book I have read or listened to in its entirety. It was a fun and pleasant experience. I plan on reading a couple more of his books, namely Anansi Boys and Coraline as I have heard they are both excellent.
This was also the first audiobook I’ve listened to in a few years and I plan on continuing with books that are of a lighter subject. Next up is Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is also read by the author.