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A man awakens, adrift in deep space, with little memory of who he is - only to discover that he is the commander of a space mission; the rest of the crew is gone; and he is apparently a writer of some small renown named Neil Gaiman.

The Neil Gaiman at the End of the Universe is perfect for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Black Mirror. It stars Neil Gaiman as... well, you know, and Jewel Staite (Firefly; Stargate Atlantis), and is written by Arvind Ethan David, executive producer of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Please note: Proceeds obtained by the producer from sales of this audio project will benefit This Is My Brave, a nonprofit organization that seeks to break the stigma of mental illness, alcoholism and substance abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, and more through the power of live storytelling.

©2021 Prodigal, Inc. (P)2021 Prodigal, Inc.

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Simple and interesting.

This is my first Audible book. Loved it. Narration was effective. Story was ok but liked it as not too complicated.

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  • Josh Angel
  • 18-03-21

Delightful, but read Neil’s books first

First of all, this book is actually narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. It’s tragic that he doesn’t do more narration, because both his acting and his voice is amazing.

And second, this is a delightful short story with both a cute story and plenty of meta-commentary for Gaiman fans.

He said, if you are not already a fan of meals, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this as much. There are many references to his other read works call mom and if you are not familiar with them of the story will be lost on you.


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  • Allison Davis
  • 18-03-21

Fun quick listen

A short, eye-opening little story to encourage people to be aware of the issues linked with isolation and how negatively it can affect you, if you let it.

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  • Timothy J, Goad
  • 24-03-21

An absolute treat for Neil fans!!

Loved this!! Its short (barely an hour long) but incredibly fun and engaging. The mystery (no spoilers) as to why popular Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman (yes THE Neil as the title suggests) finds himself suddenly and inexplicably stuck in a tiny derelict space craft at the end of the known universe with only a sarcastic A.I. (voiced by Firefly's Jewel see) as his only company.
Even casual fans of the author should take a chance in this beautifully crafted love letter to the author and his works while simultaneously weaving a wonderful allegory about depression, mental illness and recovery. 5 ⭐ all around.

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  • Steve E
  • 23-03-21

Quick, quirky, fun

There is not a better person who could have read this than the man himself. It's truly a delight, and well worth checking out. The ending is abrupt, but it's like having to end a really great lunch with a well known friend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-21

now I want to read Neil Gaiman

interesting, fun short story. I'm not particularly smart or perceptive. a part of me thinks the whole idea behind this was to get readers to read more Neil Gaiman. well it worked on me. maybe I should read some Arvind Ethan David as well.

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  • Bonnie M.M.
  • 21-03-21

Interstellar Meditation

Props first to the author, Arvind Ethan David, for a fracking great story. I floated alongside maybe-Neil, drifting through the space up above and the space between my ears. It’s such a good story that you can feel the Real-Neil’s admiration as he performs it. The production was also epic...just enough background sound and song to create a peaceful headspace. Much love all around. Thank you.

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  • LaDonna Wiles
  • 18-03-21

Thirty Minutes

I thoroughly enjoyed these 30 well spent minutes. But then, I always enjoy time spent in the company of Gainman's worlds. Delightful. Entertaining.

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  • R. D. A. Whatley
  • 23-03-21

Excellent

Well written as only a master wordsmith would. You’re missing out if you pass this one by/

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  • WoodsWalker
  • 21-03-21

A fun and quick listen

I really appreciated the production value of the book. It was fun being dropped into outer space with the lost astronaut and being alongside as he figured out what was his situation.

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  • April M
  • 20-03-21

Good short story

Good short story touching on depression and loneliness. Already recommended it to a friend. Give it a listen.

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  • Rox454
  • 10-04-21

I expected too much, but a good performance

I enjoy Neil Gaiman's books and was excited about a short space adventure especially with Arvind Nathan Davies involvement and the work he did with Dirk Gently which am also a huge fan.
There were times where I felt this was more of an advert to sell more books while also looking at the importance of story telling during lockdown. I bought this at half price and I still feel like maybe that was too much for 29 minutes. this feels like it should have been included with membership on off podcast. the performance is it's redeeming quality Neil Gaiman playing himself was very good and the effects of the ship were immersive.

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  • Simon G.
  • 18-09-21

An interesting concept with funny insights.

I enjoyed this audiobook. It's short enough to be bite-sized and isn't a huge commitment and as a result I approached it not expecting great things. the quality of the performance and recording is very good. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-21

its ok.

mediocre story with nothing special as such, good performance from actors. not comparable to stuff from Douglas Adams tough. few jokes but all and all not comedy nor such.

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  • MW
  • 21-08-21

Enjoyed Jewel Staite’s voice

This was an entertaining short story. Neil Gaiman’s voice is tolerable. I enjoyed hearing Jewel Staite’s voice.

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  • Chewbacca
  • 17-08-21

a fantastic listen

wonderful little story, really relaxing and entertaining and beautifully read by Neil gaiman. a half hour well spent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-21

Anything Gaiman is good

A lost astronaut alone in a space ship with the gorgeous narration of Neil Gaiman.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 12-08-21

A really fun listen

You can tell from the title of the story that this is a tale which does not take itself too seriously. It's a fun romp that reminded me of Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary at first - although this impression did not last for reasons I won't give away. I love the fact that Neil Gaiman agreed to narrate this, especially given the title. No other narrator would have been better suited to the job in this case. So if you're looking for a short piece of light-weight sci-fi that doesn't take itself too seriously, while being seriously fun, this should be right up your alley.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-21

Surprisingly good

This was surprisingly good. Did just listen because it sounded so strange, but it was funny and entertaining. Really good perfomance from both actors (though I hadn't expected anything else from Neil Gaiman)

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  • Fred Jones
  • 29-07-21

Great Fun

Great fun, short story, well narrated by both the actors and with an excellent ending.

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  • Michela
  • 28-03-21

Brilliant story, perfect narration and production

A stranded, alone and amnesiac astronaut tries to fix his ship and to return to Earth, while also attempting to solve the mystery of himself and the missing crew, with the ship A.I. as only interlocutor and collaborator, and a collection of books by an author lived 200 years before as the only clue. A story full of surprises, perfectly narrated and produced, with all the sound effects of a spaceship and more. Also, it's for charity!

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  • Toast
  • 17-09-21

I liked it

Interesting short sci-fi story which benefited from Neil Gaiman’s narration. I thought the multiple narrators played well off each other.

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  • neerav
  • 14-09-21

Shiny

Interesting short story. Great co narration by Neil Gaiman and Jewel Staite. Overall rating "Shiny"

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  • N. Hill
  • 13-09-21

Great little story

Great little story that’s slightly meta and has some great geeky mentions of both Jewel (shiny, cap’n!) and Neil. I really loved the twist. That was a fun way to spend half an hour. You won’t regret it.

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  • Adam
  • 09-09-21

so good

I was unsure when I started listening to it but I actually loved it great concept well executed

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  • Jared Cockayne
  • 12-04-21

Who is Neil Gaiman?

For Neil Gaiman fans, ever wondering what it would be like if your favourite author woke up in a space craft not knowing who he is. This would be the perfect enjoyment pieces, it's very humourous with a really good plot twist at the end

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  • Natalie
  • 19-03-21

Great story

I really enjoyed this story. It's a quick listen and is very funny. Highly recommend