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This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile's dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy na
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Hardcover, 396 pages
Published 1997 by Dutton Children's Books (first published 1979)
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Catherine I read it to my 6 year old and she loves it. I did, however, skip over or adjust sections I felt she would be too sensitive to. Or, rather, rephrase t…moreI read it to my 6 year old and she loves it. I did, however, skip over or adjust sections I felt she would be too sensitive to. Or, rather, rephrase them so she could still hear about them but in a manner more suitable to her age. She said the best thing is that this book has no pictures so she can imagine instead.(less)
Elanna I am 40 and I don't like fantasy. I read this book when I was ten, then a couple of times as an adult and I read it to children too. I never get tired…moreI am 40 and I don't like fantasy. I read this book when I was ten, then a couple of times as an adult and I read it to children too. I never get tired of it. Style is great, and it's less centered on good vs evil dynamics, more on personal growth. It's not about escaping in a fantasy world, it is about learning to live in the world, and to tell reality from imagination. One mile above all other children books. (less)
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Greg
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fantasy
One of my favorite books of all time; this one is definitely closest to my heart. I've certainly read it more than any other (Ender's Game being a close second). Which is interesting because it's almost nothing like any of my other favorites (besides maybe Watership Down). Maybe it's because it's the first main character I was able to truly identify with. Or maybe because Bastian does what I had always dreamed of as a child, since the day I started reading: to enter inside a book, to turn my ima ...more
Manybooks
Although I have read this book more than twenty times, I have, until now, never actually written a longer and more involved review for Michael Ende's utterly amazing The Neverending Story (I have also never read it in English). I first read it in German in the early 80s, I believe, and I have reread it regularly over the years. Die unendliche Geschichte is thus truly one of my all-time favourite German children's literature books. I love/adore everything about this novel, including the ingenious ...more
Mark Lawrence
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Read this to my daughter recently. A very mixed bag.

First off I should say that although the book was written in 1979 it reads as though it were written in 1939. The translator has consistently reached for the most complicated/high falutin' word available and as a result the child's book ends up unreadable/incomprehensible to many modern kids. I'm not one for dumbing down, but this goes the other way pointlessly.

I saw the film around the time it came out years ago. The book seems to reach the en
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Unendliche Geschichte = The never ending story, Michael Ende
The Neverending Story is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende, first published in 1979. An English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films. The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, a overweight and strange child who is neglected by his father after the death of Bastian's mother. While escaping from some bullies, Bastian bursts into the antiquarian
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Bradley
Re-Read, 4/10/20:

After yet another re-read, I've come to a simple conclusion: I decided to write fiction because I loved this story so much. I figured it out as a kid when I saw this movie for the first time.

So, why is that?

Because every work of fiction is a collaboration between the writer and the reader. In this case, it's between a reader and the written word and the actual reader of both... and the uber-reader, all of whom include each one of us, create this world anew.

We are the Neverendin
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Kalin
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who's ever suffered from escapism | всеки, страдащ/-л от ескейпизъм
(долу и на български, но по-прибрано ;)

The first--and still most luminous--story that urged me to stop running away from my life into books and start weaving books back into my life. If this sounds too abstract, consider the Human Library: a child of The Neverending Story, a sister of Moonchild.

This book made me polish my German enough to read it in the original. (And make notes of important mistakes in the Bulgarian translation. ;)

It made me itch to create a MUSH, where no two lands of Fantasti
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Ben
I loved most of what I read, yet I’m stopping on page 352; I just can’t continue. And you know, I’m not entirely sure why I can’t continue -– I just know that I can’t.

But I have a theory.

Having loved the movie version of this in my youth, the whole story is etched into the part of my psyche that deals with childhood; that time when so much is new; where much in the world is observed through an inner-wonder of the mind and a stirring of the soul: a magical state, by adult standards. Freud may ha
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I liked the movie better than the book. I do love how all the chapters started with the alphabet!



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Dan Schwent
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own, five-stars, audiobooks
I read this every year. This time I'm doing an audio version. I absolutely adore this novel, and shared it with every class I taught. I'll never forget the students who acted out the swamps of sadness in the middle of a walk through river mud sucking off our shoes. That's really what the gift of this book is-the breath of imagination. This will be a perfect purchase for my nieces.

2017 Reading Challenge: story within a story

Audio reread #8

6/20/18 audio read # 73

The beginning scene in the bookstor
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
My children are currently listening to a never-ending audiobook of this all time children's favourite of mine, and I find myself secretly spying on them, listening to bits and pieces of the story, always knowing exactly where they are at the moment, after so many rereadings!

I still dream of finding a bookstore like the one where Bastian Balthasar Bux found "The Neverending Story". I don't think I ever pass an antique shop without thinking of this book for at least a fraction of a second, it is s
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Calista
This is almost like 2 books wrapped in one story. I was torn. The first half of the book is great and I want to give that 4 stars and the last half is rough and I want to give that 2 stars, so I meet in the middle.

If, like me, you have seen the movie 'the Neverending Story' as a child then this story will be different to you than someone who hasn't. The 1st half of the story is the movie. It sticks to the plot pretty faithfully. Then, the movie ends with Bastian making a wish and he's back in th
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Eric Allen
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Neverending Story
By Michael Ende

A Review by Eric Allen.

"ONLY TWO STARS," you cry, "Eric, have you no soul!?!?!" You're obviously going by the movie, which is AWESOME, and have never actually read the book it was based on, which is not so much.

When I was six or seven, the Neverending Story came out, and it was one of the most awesome movies I had ever seen in my life. It was a movie that wasn't afraid to scare the everliving shit out of children, and I loved it for that. Even today, many, ma
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Manny
- Already back, Gabriel?

- Yes boss.

- All items complete?

- Mission accomplished boss. I have delivered Thy latest message to Thy people.

- Well done, my good and faithful servant!

- Thanks boss.

- I would of course like a full report. Any problems?

- Uh...

- I suspected as much.

- I'm sorry boss. Thou knowest how delicate these things are.

- Don't I ever. Okay, how did you plant the idea?

- Well that part went well boss. I located the subject, a Herr Michael Ende, and I put a note in the shoe-box where h
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PopiTonja
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteka
Beskrajno uzivanje!!!! Milion zvezdica!
Aitor Castrillo
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con este libro comenzó todo.

Hace varias semanas decidí volver a él. Fui a casa de mis padres, lo busqué en la estantería y lo tomé prestado para iniciar un nuevo viaje a tinta junto a mi hijo mayor (en diciembre hará cinco añitos).

Cada noche le leo dos páginas. Las suficientes para mantener su atención en todo lo alto y que tenga ganas de seguir conociendo el reino de Fantasía y a sus maravillosos habitantes.

Hoy volveré a leerle dos nuevas páginas. Ya vamos por la 60. Calculo que lo terminaremos
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Ajeje Brazov
Un libro bellissimo, stupendo, pieno di spunti di riflessione, pieno di fantàsia, d'immaginazione, di gioia e soprattutto, pienissimo di amore, amore per i libri, amore per tutto. Senza amore cosa saremmo?
Ho visto il film centinaia di volte, è stato tra i miei film preferiti da bambino/ragazzino, ancora oggi (non più giovanissimo :-P) me lo riguardo con molto piacere, ma il film non è che una piccola parte del libro. Il libro è magico davvero, ho trovato e soprattutto provato empatia verso tutto
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Charlotte May
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at page 256

Alright, I’m calling it. I don’t actively dislike this book, but we just didn’t really mesh well.

There were too many characters and creatures, and each one only lasts for about 2 pages before we are moving onto the next thing.

Maybe when I was younger I would have enjoyed this more, but there’s just not enough to keep me invested.

Penny
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
IN ORDER FOR REALITY TO EXIST, THERE HAS TO BE FANTASY.

The Neverending Story is a splendid and brilliant story, full of adventure, magic, strength, perseverance, loyalty, self-improvement and self-fulfillment . It’s a positively COMMENDABLE book.

This is a MUST-READ for all preteens out there. It’s beautiful, with a great and marvelous world full of fantasy and dreaming. It really is MAGICAL.

I have really great memories of reading this book. I think I was 13 or so, maybe less I am not sure; bu
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Belinda
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favoriet book of all times. Keep reading it myself but also to the childeren of the neighbours. Need a new copy. This one is almost falling apart.
Sophia Triad
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read when I was a kid.
I have read it multiple times and I was extremely disappointed with the movie adaptation.
I truly believe that this story has inspired me and made me love Fantacy books so much later on as an adult.
(If my remember correctly my godfather gave it to me as a Christmas present together with "Comet in Moominland" by Tove Jansson. The best combination!)
Although it is more than 25 years since I last read it, I still remember scenes of the story
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Franco  Santos
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro excelente. Fantasía al 100 %. La historia interminable, a través de su película, me acompañó por muchos años de mi infancia. Su lectura actual es una especie de reencuentro con ese mundo.
Dennis
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Fantastisch! Im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes.

Die Geschichte von Bastian Balthasar Bux, der auf Die unendliche Geschichte stößt, das Buch stiehlt und dann, zunächst im übertragenen Sinne, und später tatsächlich von der Geschichte gefangen genommen wird, lebt vor allem von der scheinbar grenzenlosen Fantasie des Autors.

Das wundervolle Worldbuilding und die clevere Idee zunächst Bastian – als Leser des Buches im Buch - und dann mitunter auch den Leser von Endes Buch selbst Teil der Geschichte werden z
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Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
English/Italiano

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


“If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seem
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La pecera de Raquel
Me ha encantado el libro, debería haberlo leído de niña, pero nunca es tarde.
Le he dado 5 estrellas, aunque yo sí cambio las valoraciones de los libros, porque cuando los terminas de leer estás emocionadísima y cuando pasa el tiempo te das cuenta que no es para tanto. No creo que me pase con este libro pero por si acaso.
Llega un momento que Bastian se hace prepotente pero forma parte del cambio del niño, de la personalidad que tenía al comenzar la novela, con acoso y complejos y como Fantasia le
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Frogy (Ivana)
Realno ocena je 5000000*
Gabrielle
I came across Bradley's review of "The Neverending Story" a few days ago, and it brought back a lot of memories. I'm sure I'm not the only Goodreader who related to the story of an awkward child who finds comfort and reprieve from the bullying he endures at school and the cold father who waits for him at home between the pages on a book. I remember watching the movie and thinking that Coreander's bookshop was the most beautiful place I had ever seen: to this day, whenever I step into a crammed, ...more
Leo .
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is the Eternal Stench a real place? I am convinced my neighbour came from there!!!🐯👍


The Eternal Stench, a smelly, dank, dark, mysterious location

A swamp full of creatures, monsters, twisted vegetation

Boiling and bubbling fetid and stinky, a bog, a quagmire

A slimy, slippery, unkempt, unclean and dire

I swear I saw a face familiar to me

In the film, many years ago, a grotesque entity

I read about him in the book too

A deviant, a goblin, stinking of puss and poo

The face I know, that was on show

I see hi
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Nikoleta
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Το βιβλίο Ιστορία χωρίς τέλος το διάβασα για πρώτη φορά πριν εννιά χρόνια. Τώρα καθώς με έπιασε νοσταλγία για την ιστορία του έπρεπε να το ξαναπιάσω. Σε αυτή την ανάγνωση ήρθα αντιμέτωπη με νέα δεδομένα και η ιστορία που διάβασα δεν μου φάνηκε καθόλου ίδια με εκείνη εννιά χρόνια πριν. Η πρώτη μου παρατήρηση, αυτό που θαύμασα, είναι το εύρος των εικόνων, των πλασμάτων και των σκηνικών που έχει δημιουργήσει ο Έντε και το εύρος των δυνατοτήτων που δίνει στον ήρωα του όταν αυτός είναι στην φανταστικ ...more
Maureen
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I feel like I'm very torn on this book because while I did enjoy it and did enjoy listening to it, it was so rough to get through. I liked the story, but it didn't hook me and capture me and make me want to keep reading, so it took me over a month to listen to it (SO LONG).
Overall a really interesting story with a lot of unique circumstances and characters! I've also never seen the movie (I KNOW) and I know it's super different so now I want to watch it even more!
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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende.

Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's books. However, Ende was not strictly a children’s author, as he also wrote books for adults. Ende claimed, "It is for this chil
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