The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: September 2004
Length: 50 minutes
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Four of beloved author Neil Gaiman's delightfully scary, strange, and hilarious children's tales read by the author, now available unabridged. This collection includes:

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish: An unforgettable story that will take readers on a journey into the murky mind of a young boy and the perils of striking a bargain.

The Wolves in the Walls: Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house -- and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

Cinnamon: This charming fable of an exotic princess who refuses to speak currently exists only on Neil's official website and has never been published in print or any other format.

Crazy Hair: Bonnie tries to comb the narrator's crazy hair -- where gorillas leap and tigers stalk -- and is in for a surprise in this delightful rhyming tale.

Reviews (4)

Written by Kristin Barron on February 18th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love Neil Gaiman, and I especially love listening to him read his own work. This was delightful in every way, and made me want to get my niece and nephew and let them listen to it!

Not Too Bad

Written by Melissa Bennett on April 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This audio cd is not too bad. I love Neil Gaiman and every story I've read has been wonderful. In this case, it was not so. This cd is made up of 4 children's stories. The reading was done quite well but I didn't really get into the stories too much. I like "I swapped my dad for two goldfish" probably the best. The poem wasn't too bad either. They just didn't grab me like most of his stories. I enjoyed the interview at the end in which his own daughter interviews him. I thought that was very sweet.

Ok but short

Written by Lorna from Silver Spring, MD on March 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Neil Gaiman reads this himself and does a very nice job. I've never seen the pictures so I just enjoyed the emphasis he put on the words. Nothing complex here, just ironic fun. Warning: it was very short - one disk.

Easy to dislike, even for my favorite author

Written by Rich from Springfield, VA on July 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Okay, I love Neil. I really do. So foolishly that I even have his silly documentary about John Bolton and several autographed works. So it kills me to say that this is a worthless listen on tape. For starters, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls RELY on Dave McKean's illustrations. Removed and put in audio format, the stories lose all their drama and punch. You get that feel to a lesser extent with other works on the CD, which is short, and comprised of pictureless picture books and a not-so-interesting interview with Neil. Clearly an attempt to make a few extra bucks off Neil's growing fame, this is a bad, sad introduction to his work and one of only 2 Neil Gaiman items I don't and won't own (the other is the silly comic he did about Alice Cooper, because even I can't get excited about that, no matter who wrote it).

Author Details

Author Details

Gaiman, Neil

Neil Gaiman grew up in England and, although Jewish, attended Church of England schools, including Ardingly College, a boarding school in West Sussex (South of England). During the early 1980s he worked as a journalist and book reviewer. His first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran. He moved from England to his wife's hometown in the American midwest several years ago. He and his family now live in a renovated Victorian farmhouse where (he says) his hobbies are writing things down, hiding, and talking about himself in the third person. More about him and his books below.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of the monthly cult DC Comics series, "Sandman," which won him nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including the award for best writer four times, and three Harvey Awards. "Sandman #19" took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award.

His six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC, "Neverwhere," was broadcast in 1996. His novel, also called "Neverwhere," and set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997; it appeared on a number of bestseller lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus.

Stardust, an illustrated prose novel in four parts, began to appear from DC Comics in 1997. In 1999 Avon released the all-prose unillustrated version, which appeared on a number of bestseller lists, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year, and was awarded the prestigious Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults.

American Gods, a novel for adults, was published in 2001 and appeared on many best-of- the-year lists, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards.

Coraline (2002), his first novel for children, was a New York Times and international bestseller, was nominated for the Prix Tam Tam, and won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, the BSFA Award, the HUgo, the Nebula and the Bram Stoker Award.

2003 saw the publication of bestseller The Wolves in the Walls, a children's picture book, illustrated by Gaiman's longtime collaborator Dave McKean, which the New York Times named as one of the best illustrated books of the year; and the first Sandman graphic novel in seven years, Endless Nights, the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Gaiman published the a new graphic novel for Marvel called 1602, which was the best-selling comic of 2004, and 2005 saw the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "MirrorMask," a Jim Henson Company Production written by Gaiman and directed by McKean. A lavishly designed book containing the complete script, black and white storyboards, and full-color art from the film will be published by William Morrow in early 2005; a picture book for younger readers, also written by Gaiman and illustrated with art from the movie, will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books at a later date.

In Fall 2005, Anansi Boys, the follow-up to American Gods, was published.