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Summary

These are two original plays for voices from the critically-acclaimed, best-selling, and award-winning author of American Gods.  

In Snow Glass Apples, once upon a time there lived a young princess with skin as white as snow, with hair as black as coal, with lips redder than blood. Most people think they know what happens to this young unfortunate girl. Most people are wrong. Tony-award winning actress Bebe Neuwirth stars as a wise queen who wants nothing more than to reign over her kingdom peacefully but is forced to match wits with an inhuman child who has an unnatural taste for blood.

In Murder Mysteries, a mystery noir set in heaven's City of Angels before the fall, the first crime has been committed. It is an awful one. While the angelic hosts labor to create the world and its workings, one of their number is mysteriously slain by one of their own. Brian Dennehy stars as Raguel, Angel of Vengeance, who is mandated by Lucifer to discover both motive and murderer in this holy dominion that had so recently known no sin.

©1999, 2001, 2002 Neil Gaiman (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

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Two dark tales of fantasy horror from the mind of Neil Gaiman

These tales were not for the faint of heart.

Snow Glass Apples is the first tale, and is quite slow to get going, which admittedly turned me off to listen to other books. I picked it up again just today and finished it off this morning.

If you were to be told that a story about a young vampire princess who uses her powers to topple her stepmother queen from her throne, firstly seducing and slowly killing her own father, survives having her heart cut out, then using her charms to recruit a band of dwarves, survives being poisoned by the Queen desperate to be rid of her only to be found by a necrophiliac Prince and later returns with her new Prince to capture and burn the Queen wife in a black stone kiln, was in fact a twisted adaptation of Snow White, you would understandably have many, many questions while being very disturbed. But such is the vampiric horror twist Neil Gaiman brings to the table in the first half or Two Plays for Voices, as the wise Queen gifted with sorcery narrates her harrowing attempt to rid her kingdom of the undead vampire predator in the shape of a seemingly innocent 12 year old girl of Snow White skin.

The second story is somewhat less disturbing, until it reaches its final act. A somewhat unnaturally cheerful man, fresh from visiting his old girlfriend meets a mysterious man on a park bench, and listens as he regales him with the story of the first murder to be committed in heaven. A good theological debate arises when in such a perfect kingdom created by an all knowing god, why then would such a foul deed be ordained. As the tale progresses and the stranger parts ways from the man, the truth about both their natures is revealed, with a typically Gaiman-esque resolution to the otherwise disturbing tale.

This is a collection of two grim horror fantasy tales which I rate highly for their performances and cracking execution but would not recommend to sensitive viewers or those with a troubled state of mind. This audiobook is rated for older listeners for underage relations in Snow Glass Apples and disturbing themes of sexuality and murder in both stories.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-02-04

I Love this Author

Neil Gaiman is an absolute treasure of a writer. I could say he takes familiar stories and reworks them from unique perspectives. But that would be a gross understatement. These "plays" have a really high "Oh My God!" count.

But I was disappointed with these recordings. They come from the sci-fi channel's original series called "Seeing Ear Theatre", which is published on their website. The problem is that there is an awful lot of "production noise" (music, background sounds, etc) which is intended to add to the ambience of the performance. Unfortunately, on my Otis player the noise tended to obscure the dialogue.

So here is my suggestion. Buy this recording for the pleasure of listening to it on some really good speakers on your PC. The performances are truly wonderful.

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  • Tom Stanton
  • 08-01-22

Perfect Neil

More perfect stories from Neil. Performances are fantastic, and the twists are divine. The sound effects and production really make the difference.

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  • Linda Brink
  • 31-10-21

Gaimen Never Disappoints!

Not only was the story fantastically Gaimen, but the performance that often accompanies it is almost immersive! Great and thanks!

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  • Gorilichis
  • 13-08-20

One of my favorite audiobooks ever.

Wow! Neil Gaiman, to me, is the best writer alive today. He may be one of the best writers ever. This is a treat. I had read Snow Glass Apples before, but listening to the whole Audio production with Bebe Neuwirth as the Queen made it even better. I've read Smoke and Mirrors and I remembered the first part of the Murder Mysteries story as a real-life anecdote that Gaiman lived when in LA. Either I'd never read the fictional story, or I had completely forgotten, but I doubt it. It's fantastic. Every word, every character, every dialogue... the whole production, casting, production, music and, of course, Gaiman's prose, receive five ginormous stars from me.