My husband and I listened to this as an audio book. The audio book was read by Neil Gaiman himself.
As always the stories are wonderfully crafted and Gaiman is able to create worlds that each of the short stories allows you a quick glimpse of. I have always had a bit of a problem with short stories. Mainly my issue is that if the short story is good it usually leaves you wanting more. I am always a bit frustrated with good short stories because they seen to leave me unsatisfied. That being said I love all of Gaiman’s works.
I was a bit disappointed though that this is not a new collection of short stories but a compilation of previous short stories that is meant to be appropriate for children. Some of the stories I had read previously in Neil Gaiman’s “Smoke and Mirrors”. I have not yet read “Fragile Things” but I have heard that the remainder of the stories are from that collection.
Also the reading of the stories was slightly disappointing. We were listening to this in the car and some parts of the stories, especially the troll bridge one, were whispered so softly by Gaiman that even with the radio cranked to full volume we couldn’t hear what he was saying.
This book is quality Gaiman work and a great collection to buy for a young adult. If you own “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Fragile Things” and don’t have a need for a more young adult focused book I would skip this book because you probably already own most of the stories. Still the stories are great.
Here is a link to it: