The audio is great. I loved how Neil Gaiman was able to create a feeling for every character. I didn't like some of the music that was played, but it was there to create a feeling of mystery I suppose. Luckily it wasn't inserted too often.
The story is a the tale of a simple man, Richard, being whisked off into an adventure he never expected and was not prepared for. I enjoyed listening to the story and was intrigued to see where it would lead next and how Richard would deal with the adventure. I like the characters in the story and found it well written with just the right amount of humor, grief and adventure.
I loved this story. I had just finished The graveyard book and decided to listen to another Neil Gaiman book. This was a perfect choice. The story is much more mature than the graveyard book, yet it maintains the 'fantasical' feel. The characters are interesting and so well detailed you would be able to identify them in a line up. Gaiman is so talented that his fantasy world feels timeless and makes you want to visit London below. Although i would bring a packed lunch.
Gaiman likes otherworldly, mythical tales, and this one wanders around English folklore all the while telling a modern fantasy story in a interdimensional underground London. It's not his greatest work, but it's still better than many other people's greatest works. Some of the characters are simple or bare cartoon sketches. Others are more vivid and intricate, but a little stock. That's a minor criticism--the story is original enough and even the stock characters are portrayed so well that the whole tale is exciting and different and lively.
The book is also a minor education for us Americans, offering a nice glimpse of modern London culture mixed in with a bit of English history, without interrupting the story to do so. Not that Gaiman is on a level with or similar to Dickens, but you can tell he's read a lot of Dickens. He also, like Dickens, enjoys a well turned phrase or a clever pun, and rarely underestimates his audience's ability to follow him.
Gaiman himself reads this, and I enjoyed that. He must have some acting or voice training in his past, because he does a credible job, though not brilliant. What I like is the intimacy of having the author read it--somehow it feels more nuanced and more personal than many professional readers can muster.
Very good book. Worth the listen.
One more thing--I've seen some reviews say it's more for kids, and others say it's too graphic for kids. It is a bit graphic in violence at times, but not more than kids would see on network television. The story is not as mature as, say, American Gods. I'd say it's safe for anyone over twelve unless they are just squeamish. There may be a mention or two of sex, but I don't recall anything vivid. My kids listened, and I never cringed over it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.
Definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've read. Gaiman portrays his characters to a tee and fully immerses the reader into the story. A wonderful naration for a wonderful book. This is one of those books where I'm so thankful for Audible. If you are a fan of fantasy, do not miss this one.
I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, the minute I finished, I started it over and listened to it again, just in case I missed anything the first time through. I got totally caught up in the fantasy world that was very credible. I think it is the hallmark of excellent fantasy to pull the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief, and Neverwhere certainly did that for me. This story was a vacation into another culture and land without ever leaving my own chair. Thanks for the trip!
I often don't quite connect with Neil Gaiman's books. I really want to like them, but when it's all said and done, I don't exactly like them. I absolutely enjoyed Neverwhere, a purely entertaining look at London Below, where lives that slip through the cracks end up. I found Richard endearing if not proactive and was entirely enchanted by Neil Gaiman's reading. I often say that authors should not read their own work unless it is biographical. Neil Gaiman is the exception. His reading brings the characters to life in subtle ways. Neil Gaiman being a wonderful reader of his own work is no fluke, either; I felt the same way about his reading of Stardust.
I listened to this while at work and it made me chuckle out loud at least 5 times in the first half hour. I kept having to tell curious coworkers what I was listening to. If Gaiman's dark charm can make me laugh during a stressful day, it must be good!
One of the best Neil Gaiman pieces out there , it is the usual mix of the bizarre , the scary , the heartwrenching and the humor that will make this into a go to book for you forever. Both the audiobook and the movie adaptation are wonderful . Go ahead , buy this book !
So far, this is the only book I've ever given a 5 star rating. Neil Gaiman's style enchants with his marvelously painted characters and vivid, always entertaining, plot. Few writers approach his skill for not only capturing the soul of his characters but also doing so with such exquisite dialogue that each phrase plays flawlessly. He is truly a master of the written word. This books is well worth the price!
For any audio book the most important thing to me is enjoying the narrator's voice -- love Neil Gaiman reading his own work! The story is captivating and very engaging. Loved the imaginative use of London as the backdrop. Only taking one star off because it does take a little time to get into the story at first, but give it time! It's a great listen!