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MirrorMask

By: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Stephanie Leonidas
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Publisher's Summary

Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by best-selling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original audio novella is Helena's tale in her own voice, a stunning and magical journey.

©2005 Neil Gaiman (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A delightful, if at times spooky, family audiobook." (Booklist)

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Doesn't translate well to audio

I love Neil and I love audiobooks. However, this is the only instance when I've heard one of his stories come off flat, and it's not the narrator's fault. There's just not much there. But, of course, if you've seen the movie, it's understandable that such beautifully strange visuals don't translate well into words. It seemed like there wasn't even an attempt to describe the "dream" sequence, and it feels hollow. Not typical Gaiman Greatness. Neil is a master writer with an astounding imagination. I recommend all of his other work, especially the ones he narrates himself.

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EXELENT

MirrorMask was an extrordanary book. Even if it was a little short, it had me listening the whole time with eger anticipation. When the book ended, which I didn't want it to, I was very satisfied.

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Delightful fantasy

Neil Gaiman is so good I decided to follow him on Twitter, and found myself irritated that he was tweeting instead of writing another book for me to read. He seems to often meet the standard definition of a fantasy story: his characters leave the 'real' world for a different one, and then return after having resolving a personal conflict. This one involves parents and children and otherworld parents and children. I don't want to spoil the story--just enjoy!

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Great Accompaniment to the Movie

Nice it was narrated by Helena herself. And the story is overall good. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is the lack of details in a lot of places. There was a lot of description lacking and I honestly only knew what things or characters looked like because I saw the movie. Anyone experiencing this alone will have to imagine quite a bit.

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loved, but too short!

i loved the fact they got the main character to read it. needed more length!

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Childhood Relived

The movie made from this book was a favorite of mine as a child. It was one of the biggest inspirations for me going into the art field. Now, older, listening to the audiobook is like taking a stroll down memory lane.

The voice actor reading this is a perfect fit for Helena’s attitude and snarky comebacks and is still able to convey Valentine’s characteristic charm. I’d recommend this to literally any and everyone looking for a something to listen to or as a bedtime story for children.

Thank you for giving me back a piece of me I hadn’t realized I’d lost!

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Outstanding

outstandingly wounderful book, and a very sweet sounding reader. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Mirror Mask

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book.The movie is basically the same,word for word.The story is good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Helena,of course!

What about Stephanie Leonidas’s performance did you like?

I liked it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Great book by one of the greatest authors of our time.

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fun book

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this is a good book but if you like the story then you should see the movie its just as good as the book. it is the book as the book is not that long

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Lovely

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This has to be the shortest story I've read/listened to that didn't feel incomplete. Somehow in one hour, Gaiman made me care about the characters. Its impressive.