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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
It did have an end, sort of. I vaguely remember bits of the second movie in this, but as I'd blocked that one out, I can't say how well it compares to the book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Trish (I read too much!)
We had watched the DVD with the grandkids and I thought they might enjoy the book. The 12 year old is reading it now and is thoroughly engaged. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ronald D. Illingworth
I loved this movie as a child and it's about time I read/listened to the book!!! It was very...interesting. And weird. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Elyse
Once you get past the fact that the movies called this land 'Fantasia' and the book calls it 'Fantastica' you'll be just fine. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
EVERY book lover needs to read this!! I read it for the first time when I was 10. I'm past 30 now and it's still goodPublished 15 days ago by Anna
"The Neverending Story" takes you to a world of fantasy.
The story starts out with a boy named Bastian stealing a book from a bookstore and hiding away in the school... Read more