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Gr 5 Up-Michael Ende's beloved fantasy (Doubleday, 1983) about a young boy who becomes a mighty hero in the story he is reading gains vibrant new life through this fantastic audio. Narrator Gerard Doyle transports listeners into the beautiful and dangerous world of Fantastica, a land filled with dragons, giants, and monsters, providing each character with a distinct voice and making the imaginative landscapes feel like tangible places. Some familiar only with the movie version (Warner Home Video, 2001) may be disheartened to learn that the well-known children's film only loosely adheres to the book on which it was based. But most will be thrilled to learn that the Neverending Story continues long after Bastian bestows the Childlike Empress with her new name. Whimsical creatures abound and exciting surprises await listeners at every turn. As with any hero's journey, an important-and hard-won-lesson must be learned before Bastian's quest can be completed. Although originally intended for young audiences, this timeless fantasy will thrill listeners of any age and continue to enchant them for generations to come. The only drawback is the audio's inconsistent volume. Overall, this epic tale has everything a fantasy enthusiast could wish for and more. A must have!-Alissa LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"Gerard Doyle's performance grounds this new production of Ende's enduring fantasy about Bastian, a grieving boy whose life is changed by a stolen book." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
My granddaughter love the book, she read over and over.
This is one of those experiences where you are not just surprised and delighted by the depth of the original story compared to the movie, but floored by the exceptional expanse of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by John Saye
Book really slows down towards the middle and was painful to finish readingPublished 16 days ago by Mr JH Serfontein
The first half of this book was fantastic, the second half not so much. It's a good read because it's a classic, but I couldn't really get into it towards the ending.Published 1 month ago by Miche
This edition in particular is special because the writing is in purple and green depending on where the story is taking place.Published 1 month ago by Tara
This is such a weird book. So far beyond the movie. The movie ends maybe a third of the way into the book, and then the book just gets super weird and meanders through some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesse V.
Atreyu!!!! OK, I'm cool now...uhh just wanted to finally read the book since I've seen the movie a zillion times and stuff. Great quality book and awesome shipping... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MCG