am 2. Januar 2006
Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer with many different facetts. He writes scary stories, funny stories, adventurous stories. But one thing are common to all of his stories: They are unusual.
His children stories are no exception to that. When listening to them you recall exactly what it was to be a child, to see mysterious things behind every corner, under every stone, and under every carpet. You hear Mr. Gaiman enjoy his childhood and that of his own children. And you enjoy with him.
This collection includes the stories "The Wolves in the Walls", where a little girl warns her family of the creaking in the house, that announce the presence of wolves in the walls, "Cinnamon", about a little Princess that refuses to speak until a tiger emerges from the djungle to teach her how to, "The Day I swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish", in which a little boy decides that two goldfish in a bowl are more exciting than his newspaper-reading dad, and the poem "Crazy Hair", about a little girl trying to tame the crazy and strangely lively hair of the narrator.
The collection is rounded up by Neil Gaiman's little daughter interviewing her dad, which is really cute to listen to, and informative at the same time.
Neil Gaiman is reading the stories himself and it must be said that his deep, rumbling voice is excellently suited to read out stories. Also, he has the ability of an actor to put on different voices that give a new life to all the characters.
There are only two drawbacks with this collection: a) It is too short, and b) the music inbetween the stories is quite annoying.
Also, of course, we don't get to see much of the Dave-McKean-drawings that adorn the books.
But I feel that despite these minor drawbacks this audio book well deserves its five stars.
am 30. Dezember 2012
Die Geschichten - vom Autor selbst gelesen - sind wirklich schön zu hören. Neil Gaiman selbst weiß schließlich auch am Besten, wie seine Geschichten betont werden sollten und hat eine wirklich sehr gute Lesestimme. Die Geschichten selbst liegen auf Neil Gaimans üblich hohem und leicht schrägem Niveau - wenn man das mag, mag man auch diese CD. Ich würde sie in jedem Fall weiterempfehlen.