The View From the Cheap Seats

The View From the Cheap Seats

Selected Nonfiction

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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An enthralling collection of nonfiction pieces on myriad topics-from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories to comics, films, and literature-observed in award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling 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 fiction. Now The View from the Cheap Seats brings together, for the first time ever, more than sixty works of his outstanding nonfiction on topics and people close to his heart. As Neil explains, "This book is not 'the complete nonfiction of Neil Gaiman.' It is, instead, a motley bunch of speeches and articles, introductions and essays. Some of them are serious and some of them are frivolous and some of them are earnest and some of them I wrote to try and make people listen." In prose analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, Neil 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 his experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Neil ponders the truth of fiction and the power of stories (and why we tell them), and offers his own profiles of and insights into writers who have influenced him, including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Diana Wynne Jones, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, James Thurber, and his dear friend Terry Pratchett. He offers unlikely perspectives on subjects as diverse as The Bride of Frankenstein, Doctor Who, Batman, Tori Amos, Lou Reed, They Might Be Giants, and Amanda Palmer. And he includes a moving essay on the plight of Syrian refugees in a United Nations camp in Jordan. Illuminating and incisive, witty and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores some of the issues, subjects, and people that matter most to Neil Gaiman-and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most beloved and influential writers of our time.
Published: [United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062262295
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15hr., 29 min.)) :,digital.
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Additional Contributors: Gaiman, Neil


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JCLBeckyC Sep 16, 2019

I love to listen to Neil Gaiman read to me. This is a great audiobook for periods in your life when you only have time for a short snippet of a story here and there. My favorite section is the essay Gaiman writes about Stephen King, and I don't even like Stephen King. At least I didn't think I do. Maybe Gaiman's expanded my mind.

JCLMandaW Aug 26, 2019

I’ve been slow to come to the Neil Gaiman fandom. I’ve enjoyed works such as Coraline and liked the movie Stardust, but I didn’t get why my friends were so into him and not just his work. Twenty minutes into this audiobook and I am here. for. it.

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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