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Published by HarperAudio

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.

Editor's Note

Falling star…

Neil Gaiman’s whimsical epic of a fairytale comes to life with the author’s narration of his beloved novel. Catching a falling star has never before seemed so adventurous — or so romantic.

Release dateNov 28, 2006

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A magical fairy tale, with love, adventure, conquest, and of course an evil witch. A classic, and a delightful, easy read.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A lovely fairy tale - the structure is perfect, but this is a modern story with actual characters. I like Tristan Thorn, he's fun. There's a lot of coincidences and people coming across each other later (and knowing it's a re-meeting, at that) - which fits with the fairy tale structure, of course. Nice happy-ever-after (approximately) for all (almost all) the right people, and evil getting the proper comeuppances. I'd like to see the illustrated version (though by Gaiman's afterword/acknowledgements, the illustrations were inspiration, not directly tied in to the story). And I may even watch the movie, which I don't do often.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Perhaps the translation into German ruined Gaiman's very unique style, but I think even if I had read the original I'd consider Stardust one of his weaker works. Tristan is likeable enough, but the narrative as a whole with its constant shifts in POV and focus was far too frayed and erratic for my taste.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    I liked the idea of the book, and the story in theory, but it was a bit on the slow side.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Quite a disappointment. I'd heard so many good things about this author, and Coraline was good, if not quite as fantastic as I'd been led to believe. This book, however, was nothing like I'd expected. I really didn't like it. The only part I did like was the one about the sky ship. Fascinating idea. I wish the author had focused more on that part. Oh, well. There's no telling in advance what I'll think about a book. It was worth a shot.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    I first knew Neil Gaiman not through his books. I mean, I know he's a novelist, but I admired him because of his "make good art" speech. And it was really, really good.. and so I thought, it kinda was a shame when I still haven't read any of his books.

    And thus entered Stardust. I kinda had high hopes for this one.

    It was a light read though. Lighter than I expected. I thought it was something it would stick to me, like for a long looooooong time. But I just read it and..the end. Kinda like a bedtime story for older kids.

    The first part was intriguing enough, I thought Dunstan was the star of the show. The part I laughed hard most is when the star fell.. it said "Ouch," and then she said "Fuck," and the font size for that word was smaller than average. I dunno why it just cracked me up. :)))

    I liked how every loose part came together to a knot, in the end. I thought the story of the seven brothers were the most out of place, because I initially didn't care about their kingdom. Who knew Violet Eyes was sister to those seven brothers. In the end the most out of place was the tale of the Lilim.

    Fast forward, well. I knew Tristran would end up with the star. Didn't like Victoria much, she sounds like Austen's Caroline Bingley but with more looks. I also find it weird for Tristran that Yvaine never aged, but at least for some time they were happy. :)

    I liked this story well enough but it's not something that left a deep impression in my heart. I'm going to keep reading more of Gaiman's books, though. 3.5 stars :)

    P.S. Of all the books I have read, this is the only one where I've seen my favorite word. Gaiman is magical.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars