The View From the Cheap Seats

The View From the Cheap Seats

A Collection of Introductions, Essays, and Assorted Writings

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062262295
Characteristics: audio file
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 21, 2017

I love stories about stories. Much of the collection seemed to be introductions to books, or speeches at conventions (in which Gaiman described why he loves an author, comic, musician). Some of the stories describe how he first met a person, and a couple contain big ideas (the famous commencement address), but mostly it is Gaiman enthusing about why he loved something. I loved almost every bit and will carry Neil's lilting voice with me for days. The article where he interviews Lou Reed is priceless. Who knew Gaiman could do a respectable New York accent?

Apr 20, 2017

I quite enjoyed hearing this read by Gaiman himself, even his impression of Stephen King. Very well-written essays and introductions, though some were repetitive. I full-on laughed out loud at some of his anecdotes and his wit. A good glimpse at the man behind some excellent stories.

KCLSTandra Apr 17, 2017

Neil Gaiman's natural talent for storytelling ups the charm in this funny, inspiring, and very human collection of works.

neko Jan 13, 2017

An excellent collection of Neil's writing.

Oct 16, 2016

I enjoyed listening to Neil read his speeches and pieces he has written that span decades of his career. Each piece is random and that makes it even more enjoyable. My reactions were like "oh he wrote about that--awesome." Some things I enjoyed more than others. I enjoyed his ode to libraries, his interview with Stephen King, and his famous "Make Good Art" speech. He wrote introductions for many books, which are included in this book; it was fun to read his perspective on books like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. You don't have to read the whole book like I did; you can pick and choose things you want to hear about, like he says in his intro.


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