Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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. But beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by the author. Published by Harper Audio, November 2006. originally published in 1999. Run time of 6 hours and 24 minutes.

*Trigger Warning: Animal injury and death.

I was a little nervous when book club had this book as our next read. I’m not a huge fan of fairy tales and I’ve not had much luck with Neil Gaiman’s work so far. Year, I was definitely nervous about Stardust!

BUT! I’ll admit it… This was a fun, quick little tale. 🙂 I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

Now, Stardust is fun, but there are a few things that drove me nuts! Like, the world building is sometimes great, but then other times things, people, and events are terribly underdeveloped…? People and events are mentioned once or twice, sounds pretty cool… then never brought up again…? What did it have to do with the story then?? Like, what ever happened to the little hairy guy? What was the point of the unicorn’s death? How much time has even passed?? And why does Tristran and star even fall in love?? :/ Too little details!! Come on, spill the tea!

This version is narrated by Neil. While he doesn’t have a lot of range, Gaiman more than makes up for it by bringing passion and emotion to the characters. The energy he has in telling his story is just fantastic. ❤ Made the story more fun.

Speaking of the author, there is a great little Q & A at the very end of the audiobook. about 20 or so minutes, maybe? It was very interesting to learn more about the behind the scenes of Stardust. 🙂

Finally a Neil Gaiman book that clicked with me! 😮 Quick little adult fairy tale. Had a unique plot, but I wish the overall story had a few scenes a little bit more fleshed out. And BOO!! The unicorn death!! BOOOOOOOO!

Not sad I finally got to read a Gaiman book I liked. 🙂


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