Neil Gaiman is everywhere! I just picked up Good Omens, a classic collaboration he did with Terry Pratchett (I haven’t read it yet, but soon). I recently saw a delightful movie called Stardust, which was adapted from a Neil Gaiman book. And now this. I actually “read” this audio book about a month ago while I was packing/unpacking (unfortunately the book was too distractingly good for me to get much work done while listening to it), but I haven’t had time until now to catch up on my book reviews.
This my second audio book, but the first one where I felt the media actually added something special. Previously I considered audio books to simply be a lazy man’s way of reading, but in this case the reader, Lenny Henry, does a fantastic job. His timing and cadence are perfect for delivering the humor of the novel, whether he is doing the voice for a stodgy British middle manager or an elderly Caribbean witch lady. This will be the first audio book to live on my bookshelf.
I am sure the paper book is good too. The story is chalk full of humor, with healthy doses of adventure and magical realism thrown in as well, and the character are amazing. I look forward to reading a bunch of other Neil Gaiman books in the future.