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The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell
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An interesting combination of classic fairy tales. Overall, I enjoyed it.

As with everything Gaiman writes, this is a very unique story. I loved the play on the original fairy tales and how creatively he combined them. I also liked how references were made to them instead of blatantly naming the characters. The entire story is very subtle.

I listened to the full cast audiobook, which made for a fun listening experience, however I did find it rather disruptive at times. Sometimes the change in characters made it hard to follow the story. This was especially difficult given the subtle nature of the book in not explicitly making connections but rather allowing the reader to figure them out for themselves. In this format, it was easy to miss things along the way. Probably a better fit for someone who is already familiar with the story to better enjoy the full cast reading.

I would like to go back and read the physical book to get a better feel for the flow (and also see the illustrations).

Good unique read for those looking for a fresh spin on some well-known fairy tales.