Audiobook: The View From the Cheap Seats

viewfromcheapseatsby Neil Gaiman
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Content: There’s a handful of f-bombs scattered throughout the book. It’s in the creative nonfiction section of the bookstore.

I’ve often said (many times) that Neil Gaiman can come to my house and read my grocery list and I’ll be happy to listen to it. That is still true. I will listen to Gaiman read anything, including works of short non-fiction, from articles and interviews to book introductions and speeches. He has a fantastic reading voice, and I love that it gives depth to his words.

That said, this was more of a dip-in, dip-out book rather than a read straight through one. Even though I love Gaiman on audio, I found myself kind of impatient with the sections (like the one on comics) that didn’t interest me. If I had actually read this one (and many of the pieces are worth reading), I would have picked and chosen the ones (like “What the Very Bad Swear Word is a Children’s Book, Anyway?” or “Make Good Art”) that I was interested in, and left the rest alone.

But, like anything Gaiman writes, when he was good, he was interesting, and the observations were thoughtful and thought-provoking. Though audio maybe wasn’t the best choice for this one.

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3 thoughts on “Audiobook: The View From the Cheap Seats

    • booknutgirls says:

      Interesting choice to start Gaiman with. I usually suggest Neverwhere or Stardust (my two favorite of his adult books) or one of his kids books (Graveyard Book or Coraline, particularly). Or his short fiction is good too. American Gods is a lot of Gaiman to handle in one go, especially for a first-timer. Also: if you do audio, he’s better that way. Generally speaking.

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