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Publisher's Summary

An outstanding array - 52 pieces in all - of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, number-one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his fans around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James

Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted fans. A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults - Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane - and nearly 50 of his short stories. 

Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Neil Gaiman; Foreword copyright (c) 2020 by Marlon James; Preface copyright 2020 by Neil Gaiman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • The nurse who...
  • 2020-10-22

Love Gaiman but little new material

Let me start by saying that Neil Gaiman is one of my three favorite authors, along with Tolkien and Pratchett. I always purchase his audio books because his narration brings each story to life.

My low overall rating reflects only my disappointment when discovering that these short stories and book excerpts are almost all contained in Gaiman's previously published collections - which I already own.

This would be a wonderful bargain for a new Gaiman fan, but would warn long-time readers and listeners who have large Gaiman libraries to check the contents before purchasing. I was so excited about a new Gaiman book that I pre-ordered it based on the author's name alone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-30

Amazing compilation

I love Neil Gaiman! To hear the author read his stories as he imagined them is such a gift!

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  • Danielle
  • 2021-04-11

When you can’t get enough Neil Gaiman...

I love this author and his books. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, so this was still a small risk. But it was pure delight.

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  • Professor S
  • 2021-02-18

Go to Listen.

This book is my go to listen. Varied and entertaining with a great narrator. Fantastic

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  • shamwow
  • 2021-01-29

My favorite author done well!

I’ll admit I love Neil Gaiman - so witty, so imaginative, such a fine writer. It turns out he narrates beautifully as well. These stories are glorious what if’s. What if the old gods still lived but struggled with mundane things? What if your invented girlfriend existed?

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  • C Wiseman
  • 2021-01-19

So many good stories!

Found my new favorite author, his dark tone in many and the many twists had me fascinated that I'd never read/heard his stuff before. But now I can read/listen to all of it!

Great narration, and time flies with this book

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  • Linda
  • 2021-06-02

Love everything Neil Gaiman.

He is the rare author who does a wonderful job reading his own works. Perfect.

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  • Jordy Absurd
  • 2021-05-25

Perfect for any Gaiman fan

I never wanted the stories to end. Such an amazing view of Neil's style and consistency over the years. Like a divine spread at your favorite bistro. The narrations are all pure gold. Gaiman has an old gods tier level of narrative vocal talent when reading. Any time there is a different narrator you can tell it's because their performance was so capable of the story. I see myself revisiting this collection many times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-14

Super enjoyable

I've seen some of the movies and shows based on Gaiman's written work so this reader sounded perfect for getting introduced to it, and it was!!
I listened from the intro straight through to the end every chance I could get and loved it all.
I downloaded one of his novels already and I am definitely getting another in print.
Gaiman's performance was awesome, though I giggled a couple times at his American accent, but it's not bad. 5++ stars!

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  • Christy Lynn
  • 2021-04-23

Fantastic Faves

Neil Gaiman is my favorite author of all time. When The Neil Gaiman Reader was announced for Audible, I pre-ordered, not having any idea what I was getting. 😁
Some full short stories, some excerpts from favorite stories (chosen by fans), most read by Neil Himself, and all absolutely delightful. <3